Tuesday 13 February 2018

Super Girls and Halos - Maria Morera Johnson - My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue

Super Girls and Halos:
My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue
Maria Morera Johnson
Ave Maria Press
ISBN 9781594717550
eISBN 9781594717567

As a father of daughters this book immediately caught my attention. And even though the reading level is above where they are currently at. I cannot wait to read it again with them when they are a little older. And yet there was a lot I could take from this book and apply to my life. Lessons I can live by, in how I treat my wife and daughters. How I interact with women at work. And How fiction can be icons for mirroring the saints, virtues and for right living.

This book ties together Maria's own story and journey with heroines and with saints. The heroines are drawn from the Marvel universe, DC, and many other movies and books. In part this is a who's who of contemporary fiction, Black Widow, Rey, Katniss, Wonder Woman, and more. And uses them as a means of unpacking the cardinal virtues. But each of these characters from fiction is also paired with a Catholic Saint.

The sections in this book are:

Heroines, Heroic Virtue, and the Quest for Good
Part I: Seeking Justice
1. Crusaders of Justice and Learning: Wonder Woman and St. Katharine Drexel
2. Beacons of Strength and Light: Rey and St. Clare of Assisi
Part II: Seeking Prudence
3. Imparters of Mercy and Service: Black Widow and St. Mary Magdalene
4. Paragons of Wisdom and Truth: Scully and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Part III: Seeking Fortitude
5. Guardians of Dignity and Culture: Storm and St. Cunegunde
6. Defenders of Fairness and Honor: Granger and St. Marguerite d'Youville
Part IV: Seeking Temperance
7. Champions of Caring and Compassion: Katniss Everdeen and St. Mary MacKillop
8. Explorers of Peace and Faith: Lt. Nyota Uhura and St. Kateri Tekakwitha
The Quest for Good Leads to God: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe

This book is great as a standalone read. But it would be even better in a group study. This book is full of a vibrant faith. It is practical. It is a modern wisdom book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it two thumbs up.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Maria Morera Johnson:
My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live
Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue

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