Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue (Paperback)Maria Morera Johnson (author)
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Award-winning author Maria Morera Johnson follows up her bestselling book, My Badass Book of Saints, with a unique and daring exploration of the cardinal virtues through the saints and heroines of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books. Johnson will reignite your passion for your faith as she demonstrates the heroic in the sometimes mundane quest for good and reminds us that Catholicism is filled with adventure.
Johnson now focuses on heroines-improbable pairings of saints and characters from sci-fi, comics, and fantasy-who have influenced her life and deepened her understanding of the Church's cardinal virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice. What do Wonder Woman and St. Katharine Drexel have in common? How about St. Clare of Assisi and Rey, the ingenue from Star Wars: The Force Awakens? All four women sought justice for the abused.
Johnson tells her own story alongside the unlikely pairs to show how the cardinal virtues are at play in our lives as well:Prudence (judgment of right and wrong), which influences Marvel's Black Widow and St. Mary Magdalene, as well as X-Files agent Dana Scully and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.Fortitude (courage), experienced by Marvel's Storm and St. Cunigunde, as well as Harry Potter's Hermione Granger and St. Marguerite D'Youville.Temperance (restraint of desires), which changes how we understand Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series and St. Mary McKillop, as well as Nyota Uhura of Star Trek fame and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
Discussion questions focusing on the cardinal virtues, making it a great resource for personal or group study.
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"Above all, Super Girls and Halos is a celebration of the genius, strength, and beauty of the feminine. Written with Johnson's signature wit and wisdom, this book will inspire you to join forces with God and become the hero of your own story." --Hallie Lord, SiriusXM radio host and author of On the Other Side of Fear
"With wit and wisdom, Maria Morera Johnson pairs the excitement and adventure of fictional heroines with the integrity and tenacity of true heroines who walked this earth. This clever combination packs a punch, providing us with a powerful lesson on righteousness and inspiring us to live with the confidence needed to become virtuous heroines and heroic saints. A must-read for anyone looking to tap into her supernatural, God-given powers!" --Kelly Wahlquist, Founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and editor of Walk in Her Sandals
"Maria Morera Johnson has put together a collection of real and fictional heroines who deliver real kicks (and gentle taps) of correction to the notion that a colorful woman may lack moral wisdom or that a gentle woman is deficient in spiritual and social strength. These sisters are full of the right stuff, and Johnson serves up their virtues with a pow! and a prayer." --Elizabeth Scalia, US editor of Aleteia and author of Strange Gods
"Superheroes and saints prove to be an irresistible combination. Maria Johnson has managed to expertly tell the stories of both with an eye toward the inner desires God has given each of us. This is the very best kind of catechesis and sure to be your favorite read of the year!" --Sarah Reinhard, Catholic author, writer, and managing editor of Today's Catholic Teacher
"Weaving Theology of the Body and super heroes together may seem like a hard task, but author Maria Morera Johnson makes it seem effortless. Flowing from stories about Wonder Woman as she relates to the feminine genius back into a reflection on the development of DC and Marvel characters, this book will appeal to women looking for culturally relatable ways of translating aspects of the Catholic faith into everyday dialect, without losing its potency. A great text for book clubs, Super Girls and Halos elevates the discussion of feminist characters and role models to a higher, more heroic level." --Sr. Brittany Harrison, F.M.A., Campus minister at Mary Help of Christians Academy
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