Book Club meeting #2: Extreme Makeover by Teresa Tomeo

Book #2 in the TBC Book Club was a huge hit–all of us would give it two enthusiastic thumbs up! While the main audience for this book is Catholic women, we think that anyone could benefit from it: Catholic men, and other Christian men and women.

Tomeo talks about how women can walk the line between being holy, but also being “in the world” by offering her own life makeover. Here are the points:

  1. See yourself first and formose as a daughter of the King
  2. Receive the Sacrament of Confession regularly (something that all of us BCs are working on!)
  3. Make a concerted effort to silence the noise in your life (No TV in your room! Make dinner time a media-free zone, etc.)
  4. Remember that the Blessed Mother is watching you.
  5. Brush up on your Catholicism
  6. Remember that ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ
  7. When it comes to news media, consider the source. (EM, 157)

We had a long (3 hour plus!) discussion on media–not making the TV the focal point of your life; taking time away for silence, which fosters prayer; not constantly checking cellphones or always having the iPod buds in; finding clothes that are flattering and pretty; what we like–and don’t–about being girls; how “tempting” the opposite sex is a two way street (guys–keep your imaginations under control!); how things, in general (like TV) are not evil inherently, but depends upon how it is used.

For Catholic Women, Bl. John Paul II gave us the idea of “Feminine Genius”, which is a great gif to us. Men an dwomen were indeed created differently–but both in God’s image. But we are not the same! And our differences are what make up special. Tomeo talks about our differences and bolsters the courage of young Catholic women to be the beautiful creations God made us to be.

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