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Hallie Lord
Rachel Balducci
Danielle Bean

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    1 [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] [empty string] Style, Sex and Substance 1 8 [empty string] <p> Who is to say who the authentic Catholic woman is?<br /> <br /> And how do the perils and pitfalls of modern society impact that vision?<br /> <br /> Here is a fresh look at life from the perspective of ten Catholic women who live in the spotlight of the Internet ten bloggers who keep it real every day with their personal posts relating their triumphs, trials, and temptations for all to see.<br /> <br /> In the same way, nothing is off limits in <b>Style, Sex, &amp; Substance</b>. Each of these women brings a refreshingly open and humorous perspective to growing in faith and improving their relationship with Christ.<br /> <br /> Enjoy real stories, real struggles, and best of all, real faith and trust that God will bring out the best in all circumstances whether in the family room, the bedroom, or at work.<br /> <br /> Contributors include:<br /> --Hallie Lord<br /> --Jennifer Fulwiler<br /> --Danielle Bean<br /> --Rachel Balducci<br /> --Simcha Fisher<br /> --Anna Mitchell<br /> --Barbra Nicolosi<br /> --Rebecca Teti<br /> --Elizabeth Duffy<br /> --Karen Edmisten</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 38198 sex-style-and-substance-93708lg.jpg Our Sunday Visitor 1 102 Paperback 160 0 2012 N/A 0 93708 sex-style-and-substance-93708sm.jpg [empty string] Style, Sex and Substance [empty string] 14.95 14.95 5.25
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    1 38198 You Should Have A Copy Easy 2012-07-24 11:10:06.793 93708 Style, Sex and Substance Completely orthodox. 5 4 3 <p class="MsoNormal">Many of the women who contributed to <i><a href="">Style, Sex and Substance</a></i> by <a href="" target="_blank">Hallie Lord</a> are bloggers I follow on a regular basis.&nbsp; I looked forward to reading more of what they had to say about each topic, knowing that a chapter would be much longer than a blog post and so provide for information.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Each chapter&rsquo;s author spoke to a specific topic of interest to women, even if not Catholic.&nbsp; Style, God, sex, friendship, marriage, motherhood and more are all covered with wit interspersed with advice and faith.&nbsp; As I read it, I felt like I was having coffee at the mall with a friend.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The overriding sense was one of ten women with the similar struggles as the rest of us and while they may have found some answers at this time, the expectation is that they will continuing to search and grow as life went on and provided new challenges.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="" target="_blank">Karen Edmisten</a> in the chapter titled God and Godiva quotes St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, &ldquo;I even believe that the deeper one in drawn into God, the more one must go out of oneself; that is, one must go to the world in order to carry the divine life into it.&rdquo; And then reminds us that the ways to conquer the temptations of the world are &ldquo;grace and prayer, the sacraments, accountability, spiritual support from others, and an ongoing discernment to keep our relationship with God flourishing.&rdquo;&nbsp; Throughout the book, we are reminded to turn to him and&nbsp; his Church, no matter what. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The last chapter, Plugging In and Embracing Discipleship in the Twenty-First Century by <a href="">Barbara R. Nicolosi</a> reminded me that we have much work to do in our culture.&nbsp; We cannot simply remove ourselves from the world and expect to know what people respond to and need.&nbsp; We must engage the culture, <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">All women, Catholic or not, can learn from this book.&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> 2849 Hear from real Catholic women who love their faith, family, friends, and a libation once in a while.
    2 38198 A Top Pick - Add To Your Library Advanced 2012-04-10 18:08:00.903 93708 Style, Sex and Substance Completely orthodox. 5 5 5 <div class="MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">&ldquo;<a href=""><i>Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things That Really Matter</i></a>&rdquo;, co-written by 10 extraordinary Catholic women and edited by Hallie Lord, is the newest book for Catholic women published by Our Sunday Visitor. Covering topics such as marriage, the single life, sex, and motherhood, this book has something for everyone. Each contributing author covers a topic that is close to the Catholic woman&rsquo;s heart with humor and genuine Christian love.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">I must be honest with you, my readers. I was looking through the books that were up for review through a blogger review program when I spotted this title. I was unsure because, honestly, the book cover was so attractive. Why? Well, good <a href="">Catholic books</a> usually have boring covers or religious icons on them or something similar. How often do you see a &ldquo;real&rdquo; (cartoon) lady on the cover? Yes, book-lover Alicia judged a book by it&rsquo;s cover. I totally planned to pass this book up&hellip; Until I saw Rachel Balducci&rsquo;s name, that is. Rachel is a member of my Diocese and I have heard her speak a few times and read her first published book. She writes a weekly column for my Diocesan newspaper and has lots of boys. I jumped for joy when I found out that she gave birth to her first daughter. Yes, I am sort of a fan of hers. I quickly ordered the book but was still unsure of how much &ldquo;substance&rdquo; this book really had.</div> <div class="MsoNormal" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; "><br /> I am very proud to tell you that the book, &ldquo;Style, Sex, and Substance&rdquo; is about 20% style and sex and 80% substance! This book is THE GREATEST book for Catholic women that I have ever read. This book completely meets the 20-40 year old woman where she is at and brings her closer to her mother Church. Each chapter has a different focus and has as much useful and practical information packed into it as most Christian books written in the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;century. Instead of the usual &ldquo;fluff&rdquo;, every word in this book is well-thought out. I am planning to purchase a few copies to give as gifts and I recommend you buy a copy for yourself!</div> 2852 Full of Substance!
    3 38198 A Top Pick - Add To Your Library Intermediate 2012-08-30 22:13:33.537 93708 Style, Sex and Substance Completely orthodox. 5 5 4 <div>I almost didn't read <i><a href="">Style, Sex and Substance</a></i> because the title seemed flippant. On the other hand, I won't readily forget the title!&nbsp; <a href="">Hallie Lord</a> selected chapters (submitted by women bloggers, editors and writers) which were edifyingly about women struggling to live their vocations.&nbsp; I found this to be a very effective book.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>All 10 ladies who wrote chapters for this book touched my heart deeply. I laughed, cried, and found myself making new commitments to aspects of my vocation that I had neglected.&nbsp; I found this spirituality applied to everyday lives an effective way to communicate the importance of personal growth in virtue.&nbsp; These ladies were all quite orthodox in their theology and shared from their hearts.&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The very first chapter by Jennifer Fulwiler, a delightful blogger, former atheist and someone whose sense of humor shines through her writing, drew me into the book and I could hardly put it down.&nbsp; Her chapter, How I Fell Out Of My Minivan and Found Myself, set the tone for the entire book.&nbsp; She tackles the theme of what a good holy Catholic woman ought to look like.&nbsp; Practical and funny this chapter brought a unique approach to understanding what sort of role model we should be seeking.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another chapter that hit me particularly hard was titled, God and Godiva.&nbsp; Karen Edmisten tackles the practicalities of living as a Catholic women. She wrote, &quot;The challenge to holding on to our Faith in the post-modern society is figuiring out how to be in the world--a light, we hope, by the grace of God--but not of it. &quot;I even believe,&quot; said Edith Stein, now known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, &quot;that the deeper one is drawn into God, the more one must 'go out of oneself'; that is, one must go to the world in order to carry the divine life into it.&quot;&quot; then she goes on to discuss practical things, like feeding people and prayer, scheduling, and figuring out how to meet the shifting obligations of our lives and still keep to a schedule of prayer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="">Rachel Balducci</a> wrote her chapter on friendship and probably caused the largest shift in my attitudes of any portion of this book.&nbsp; Her advice on making friends is so good that I'm just going to say it changed my life and you ought to go read it too.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Simcha Fisher's chapter on motherhood delighted and touched me, another well done, worth reading, chapter in this book.&nbsp; There were NO bad chapters, just different, and each one worth the time it took to read and digest it. I hope lots of people buy this book and read it-- it is simply that good.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The questions for reflection at the end of every chapter provide a wealth of opportunity to apply the ideas to life.&nbsp; I usually skip questions but these were not the usual lame questions found in books.&nbsp; These questions were interesting enough to be worth doing by myself.&nbsp; I think it would have been fantastic to use this book with a group and discuss the questions with others as well.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I highly recommend STYPLE, SEX AND SUBSTANCE edited by Hallie Lord.</div> 2925 I enjoyed this book so much I hope every woman reads it.
    4 38198 A Top Pick - Add To Your Library Easy 2012-06-07 07:38:09.51 93708 Style, Sex and Substance Completely orthodox. 5 5 3 <div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 9pt;"><a href="">Style, Sex, &amp; Substance</a> is a book that will help any Catholic woman take a meaningful look into her life and discusses the current issues that a twenty-first century Catholic woman may face. The book is divided into ten chapters that each have a separate focal point from women's lives, including single life, marriage and raising children. The focal points in each section are written in an easy to understand language by ten different women that convey their spiritual growth through their everyday experiences in a contemplative and humorous way. Although you are reading from a book, you are drawn in quickly with the personal stories and the intimacy and honesty will make you feel like you are having a heart-to- heart with a close friend. </span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 9pt;">For me personally, the subjects discussed are definitely topics that I ponder in my own heart. I could personally relate to the stories of struggle and faith. The insight I received from this book made me ask myself questions about aspects in my own spiritual journey and what I will do to progress. This book challenges the reader to grow mentally and spiritually while still incorporating your everyday life. The routine aspects of your life will be shown to you in a new light and you will realize that there is nothing ordinary about any woman or the journey God has personally chosen for you. The areas of reflection were my favorite part and I was quite surprised about what I learned about myself from each reflection. I know I will be reading this book again and I hope that every woman takes the chance to read this amazing book. Once you start reading you will not be able to put the book down and the knowledge gained will be priceless!</span></div> </div> 2948 A must read for any woman!
    5 38198 You Should Have A Copy Intermediate 2012-07-24 11:07:12.243 93708 Style, Sex and Substance Completely orthodox. 5 4 4 <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;I&rsquo;ve been hearing great things about <a href=""><i>Style, Sex, &amp; Substance</i></a> and was overjoyed when my copy of the book finally arrived.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s even better than I&rsquo;d hoped for, and I was already expecting to be impressed by the contributors included.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp; &nbsp; The wonderfully unique personalities and voices of these ten women discussing their experiences of life, love, friendship, marriage, faith discernment, womanhood, family life and God are refreshing, enriching, and unabashedly honest.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Personal stories, excellent suggestions, and reflection questions drew me into the book, engaging me on a much deeper level than I imagined on the most essential aspects of the lives of modern Catholic women. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; These ten writers show the many ways in which Catholic women can and do live out their feminine genius as intellectuals, entrepreneurs, wives, mothers, domestic divas, prayer warriors, and friends.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re in the habit of reading the National Catholic Register, Catholic Digest, &nbsp;and/or keep up with popular Catholic blogs, then you&rsquo;ll likely recognize some of these spectacular women.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I found myself soaking up words of wisdom and humor in each chapter.&nbsp; I came across some writers I&rsquo;m not as familiar with whose books I definitely plan to check out now that I&rsquo;ve gotten a glimpse of who they are and how they write.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As someone who loves children and has served as the &ldquo;other mother&rdquo; for many kids over the years as teacher, nanny, tutor, babysitter, camp instructor, I can really identify with what Simcha Fisher has to say about women&rsquo;s vocation: &ldquo;That is the job that women have, whether we have given birth or not: to be a mother to the whole world.&nbsp; God knows the whole world needs us.&rdquo; (p. 137)&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chances are very good that you&rsquo;ll find yourself described somewhere in these pages and will be inspired and challenged in creative ways to become all that God intends you to be.&nbsp; This isn&rsquo;t a recipe book for perfection, but more a guidebook for those who have embraced the call to holiness in the midst of their daily lives.&nbsp; One suggestion by Karen Edmisten can be used by every one of us: &ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;re single, married, or discerning a call to religious life, deliriously happy or a confused mess, offer it up to God.&nbsp; Give him every moment.&rdquo; (p. 44) <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You&rsquo;ll definitely be glad you read Style, Sex, &amp; Substance, and like me, you&rsquo;ll likely think of a number of friends who would also enjoy it.&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> 2977 Feminine Genius at It's Best
    6 38198 A Top Pick - Add To Your Library Intermediate 2012-12-03 14:57:26.93 93708 Style, Sex and Substance Completely orthodox. 5 5 4 <p>Don't let your pride get in the way of your reading this encouraging book. I'll admit that mine did, for a while; I'm pretty sure that most of the 10 contributors are a good bit younger than I am. But after reading several excerpts of <i><a target="_blank" href="">Style, Sex and Substance</a></i> online, I was convinced that while the women whose essays are featured in this book may be younger than me, they've got plenty of wisdom to share. The writing is honest and real, and by the end of each chapter you'll feel that its author is a new, trusted friend.</p> <p>Don't let the title fool you; I found that this book is a whole lot more about &quot;substance&quot; than sex. Yes, there are humorous, real-life stories (and I loved those!) There are also reflection questions at the end of each chapter that would work as well for small-group study as they do for individual reflection and journaling. A small sampling of these include:</p> <ul> <li>sins vs. quirks</li> <li>nurturing yourself</li> <li>putting your schedule in order</li> <li>fostering intimacy in marriage</li> <li>personal holiness for single women</li> <li>making rash judgements</li> <li>healthy friendship</li> <li>building your marriage</li> <li>goals for motherhood</li> <li>the Christian life and popular culture</li> </ul> <p>Not all chapters are for every woman at every time, but this book doesn't need to be read start-to-finish to be appreciated. Start with the introduction and chapter 1, then pick and choose as the Spirit moves you. You'll be hooked, and you'll want to keep this book around for encouragement in the various seasons of your life as a Catholic woman.</p> <p><i><a target="_blank" href="">Style, Sex and Substance</a></i> would be a great gift for a young woman just starting out on her own, a bride-to-be, a new mom or even a &quot;woman of a certain age&quot; like myself who's in need of a new perspective.</p> <p>After all, there's always something new to be learned--even from women who are younger than you.</p> 2984 Friendship and wisdom from 10 Catholic women
    7 38198 A Top Pick - Add To Your Library Easy 2012-10-05 08:44:47.49 93708 Style, Sex and Substance Completely orthodox. 5 5 3 <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">I was so excited when I received my review copy of <a href=""><i>Style, Sex, and Substance</i></a>.&nbsp; I had heard great things about it and couldn't wait to begin reading.&nbsp; I was not disappointed.&nbsp; And really, how could I have been?&nbsp; I'm a big fan of most of the contributing authors and read their blogs as soon as they are updated.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">I so looked forward to reading Jennifer Fulwiler's chapter.&nbsp; Entitled &quot;How I Fell Out of my Minivan and Found Myself&quot; I could relate to her in so many ways.&nbsp; Now, I haven't recently tried to climb out of my van's window, but&nbsp;I have been known to do many other equally embarrassing things.&nbsp; The way she uses this instance to begin to weave together what being an authentic Catholic woman is all about, is brilliant.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Reading Karen Edmisten's chapter titled &quot;God and Godiva&quot; is like speaking with a more spiritually mature woman of&nbsp;prayer during our day to day lives as wives and mothers.&nbsp; Besides the gentle nudges towards actual prayer, and &quot;showing up even if we can't be a great conversationalist with God,&quot; she includes this little tidbit under the heading &quot;Feed Somebody&quot;:</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><i>My friend Kathy prays every times she cooks and bakes -- she asks God to bless the food and those who will eat it.&nbsp; This is a much holier attitude than mine, which is generally, &quot;Jesus told me to pick up my cross and follow him, so, fine, I'll cook dinner!&quot;&nbsp; Healing and food, feedings and love, the mundane and the sublime go hand in hand.&nbsp; So if you can't seem to pray, make somebody some pancakes.</i></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">My sentiments exactly.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Elizabeth's Duffy's chapter on Sex, Passion, and Purity is a must read.&nbsp; While I can't relate to the dating and engagement portion of the chapter anymore, the rest of the chapter (including things like &quot;The Pleasure Principle&quot;) is filled with insight and good advice.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">My favorite chapter by far was <a href="">Danielle Bean's</a> chapter on marriage titled &quot;We Said Yes&quot;.&nbsp; I have long been a fan of Danielle Bean and was introduced to her blog by a good friend years ago.&nbsp; The best thing about her writing is that she is not one to make herself out to seem perfect.&nbsp; In fact she starts her chapter out this way:</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><i>I can't write the marriage chapter.&nbsp; I have no business writing the marriage chapter.&nbsp; My husband and I are just coming off a twenty-four-hour stint of avoiding eye contact and communicating through the children because...well, I kind of forget why.</i></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Anyone, after being married for longer than two weeks, realizes that marriage is not some fantasy land happy smiling thing all the time.&nbsp; In fact there are times where it rarely is that way.&nbsp; The trick to a fulfilling long lasting marriage is being able to get past the unpleasantness that is living in the same house with someone else all the time, and get into the astounding joy that is being in communion with another person, giving of yourself day after day just because you love them and that is what you are called to do.&nbsp; It is this honesty, and the ability to see the bigger picture that makes it Danielle Bean's business to write a chapter on marriage.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Overall, I can honestly say Style, Sex, and Substance is one of those books that will be turned to again and again for encouragement and advice.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> 3065 A book to turn to again and again
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