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Real Women, Real Saints - Friends for Your Spiritual Journey

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Average Rating: This item received 4 1/2 stars overall.

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"Heaven's doors are wide open and God is doing everything he can to make us all into saints." —from Chapter Eight

What would it take for you to become a saint? If you're thinking of quiet cloisters and hours in undisturbed prayer, think again. Real women who became real saints run the gamut from quiet to boisterous, single, married, divorced, post-abortive, social activists, hermits, academics, doctors and more. Among these women there is a friend for you, someone even a bit like you.

Sanctity will never fit into a formula, but the women in Real Women, Real Saints have this in common: their deep love for God and the determination to live life in harmony with his will. The brief biographies in this book will help you learn to abandon yourself to God, as these women did, and live a rich, full life in return.

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This item received 5 stars overall. A Good Compilation of Women Saints from All Backgrounds

 Gina Loehr’s Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey introduces readers to over 100 woman saints, blesseds, venerables, and servants of God. The book is organized by the cardinal or theological virtue exemplified by each saint.

So, are you looking for a model of prudence? St. Gorgonia, a wife and mother, excelled in hospitality and was sought out because of her wisdom. She is the daughter of saints, and her brothers are both saints as well (one of whom is Doctor of the Church St. Gregory Nazianzen). How about fortitude? You might turn to Bl. Frances Trehet, a nun martyred during the French Revolution, who sang the Salve Regina on the way to the guillotine. Justice? St. Zita, an Italian housemaid, did her job faithfully and diligently even when her coworkers conspired against her. Her goodness and virtue eventually won over the household.

Loehr is a good storyteller, and she relates each saint’s life to the issues and con Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. A wonderful overview and introduction to many saints.


Gina Loehr's book Real Women, Real Saints collects short biographies of 100 women saints, divided according to the seven cardinal virtues: women of hope, faith, temperance, etc. By selecting women from throughout Christian history, and highlighting how their lives demonstrate a particular virtue well-lived, Ms. Loehr helps us to discover these virtues in our lives. However, given that the author emphasizes so much the ordinary beginnings of these women, I do wish that Full Review...

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