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Recommended Reading

“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”

– Ven. Fulton Sheen

Far from excluding women, the Church has flung out her arms in welcome and encourages every woman  to play a critical role in rebuilding our culture.

 

Here you will find books written by, and about, Catholic women who are not only living out their faith but inspiring others to do so as well.

Mulieris Dignitatem

St. Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter lays out the vision for women within the framework of the Catholic Church, Written in 1988 during the Marian Year, Mulieris Dignitatem explains the great saint's view of the role women play in building a civilization of love and a culture of life. Learn More.

The Anti-Mary Exposed:

Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity

Building off the scriptural foundations of the anti-Christ, Dr. Carrie Gress makes an in-depth investigation into the idea of an anti-Mary—as a spirit, not an individual—that has plagued the West since the ’60s. Misleading generations of women, this anti-Marian spirit has led to the toxic femininity that has destroyed the lives of countless men, women, and children. 

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Motherhood Redeemed:

How Radical Feminism Betrayed Maternal Love

In Motherhood Redeemed, Kimberly Cook, a former self-proclaimed "hot-headed feminist seeking restitution," explores the roots of feminism and the various iterations that have reverberated throughout the last 150 years and the effects of modern feminism on her own life.  

Motherhood Redeemed is a book that challenges feminism in the modern world while examining how we got here. It reminds us simply that the true nature of womanhood is inseparable with a woman's maternal soul, and that all women are called to be mothers in one form or another. Learn More.

My Sisters the Saints

A poignant and powerful spiritual memoir about how the lives of the saints changed the life of a modern woman. In My Sisters the Saints, author Colleen Carroll Campbell blends her personal narrative of spiritual seeking, trials, stumbles, and breakthroughs with the stories of six women saints who profoundly changed her life: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. Drawing upon the rich writings and examples of these extraordinary women, the author reveals Christianity's liberating power for women and the relevance of the saints to the lives of contemporary Christians. Learn More.

Essays on Women

A compilation of Edith Stein's (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) essays presents a synthesis of her teachings on woman's nature, challenges and opportunities, including female education and professional opportunities; spirituality; the church, woman and youth; and woman s value in national life. Learn More.

The Marian Option:

God's Solution to a Civilization in Crisis

As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how to stem the tide. Many options have been presented to overcome Christian persecution and cultural decadence, but the The Marian Option is one that is already in motion…and has been for centuries.  Dr. Carrie Gress provides a thoroughly researched account of the significant cultural and military events where Mary interceded on behalf of us, her children. Learn More.

The Supreme Vocation of Women According to St. John Paul II

In The Supreme Vocation of Women, Melissa Maleski shows how St. John Paul II's bold task for women succinctly embodies the Catholic Church’s entire, consistent vision of women as powerful, vital agents for good. Drawing not only on the works of John Paul II and on those of the Church Fathers but also on the example of scores of holy women in the Bible plus the Blessed Virgin Mary and the many female saints of the Church, these pages offer profound and practical insights into the fundamental strengths and habits that distinguish womanhood as a particular way of being human, while giving authentic witness to the divine image of our Creator.  Learn More.

The Heart of Perfection

In The Heart of Perfection, Colleen Carroll Campbell shares how being a mother showed her how insidiously perfectionism had infected her spiritual life, how lethal it could be to her happiness and her family, and how disproportionately it afflicts the people working hardest to serve God. 

In her writing, Colleen points to the lives of the saints, many of them perfectionists themselves, and grace helped them live lives of virtue and joy. Learn More.