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This book is a compilation of the stories of highly educated, Catholic women from many different walks of life. Many of these women were once opposed to the teachings of the Catholic church, but eventually came to find truth in it, and are now devout Catholics. The book covers topics such as the religious life, the fear of children the sexual abuse scandal, contraception, and same sex attraction, just to name a few.
While I would not say that I learned a lot from this book, I thought it was really fascinating to read the stories of highly educated women who are undoubtedly following the teachings of the Catholic church, and who are finding great fulfillment in their lives. I loved reading these accounts because it filled me with hope thinking about the potential for other women to recognize the beauty in the Church.
There was one story in particular that I found very inspiring, and that is the one of Dr. Anderson, an ob-gyn who once performed abortions and prescribed contraception only. She found truth in the teachings of the Church and now works as an ob-gyn at a family center in Virginia. It was a very powerful account, and I was so intrigued reading about her thought process and research as she made the transition.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It was a very easy read, and it left me feeling positive and hopeful about the Catholic church. These women are awesome role models for all Catholic women, and I thought they were all very inspirational.