Book ReviewsReal Women, Real Saints: friends for your spiritual journey

Book written by: Gina Loeher.

Cincinnati : Servant Books.  166 pages.  Paperback.   July 2008.

ISBN 978-0-86716-858-7.  $13.99.

In her book, Gina Loehr provides short biographies of many women saints, blessed, venerable and others who lived at various times throughout history.  Some were queens while others were peasants, nuns or converted prostitutes.  Though they come from all walks of life, all are inspiring and worthy of imitating.

Loehr groups the women into seven groups categorized under the themes: faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance.  Each woman has a page including her biography but also an explanation of how this person can be an example and inspiration to people today. 

The book covers the lives of the more well-known women such as: St. Teresa of Avila, St. Scholastica, St. Gertrude, St. Clare, St. Agnes, and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, however other lesser known women are mentioned such as: Blessed Frances Trethet, Saint Ludmilla, Venerable Edel Quinn, Lathrop, and Bustos de Molina. 

This book is highly recommended to those looking for a book on holy women, but do not want an overly academic treatment and something to inspire them. 

Gina Loehr holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  She writes and gives lectures on Catholic topics like saints and the virtues.  She is the author of Forming the Feminine Virtues (2008).



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