Inspiration for Authentically Beautiful Women

Posted by Guest Blogger on 11/21/15, 2:00 AM

Today’s article is the 4th in a series. In this one we’ve turned the tables on author Lisa Mladnich to ask her which resources she's found most powerful in her own spiritual journey. Lisa’s response is a nice list of books, apps and online resources.

Growing in authentic beauty is a life-long process, which is why mature women have an edge! Persevering over time, the intimate connection with Christ in our souls deepens, increasing our authentic beauty and making it more impactful in the world.

Faithful Catholic apps, books, and online resources can really help nurture, heal, and inspire us along the way, so I'm sharing some of my favorites in this post. I hope you'll share these around and share your own recommendations in the com-boxes!

Two apps for growing your spiritual connection

Divine Office: All the bells and whistles! Bells, music, audio recordings of beautifully-read Bible passages and writings of the saints and Fathers of the Church. At about $20, a treasure house of spiritual nourishment that eliminates the need for you to learn the ropes and ribbons of praying the Liturgy of the Hours the old-fashioned way. Gorgeous.

Laudate: Free, updated daily, and packed with prayer resources including daily saints and Mass readings, audio recordings of the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and much more. Wonderful.

Top 10 books that have fed my soul

  1. Story of a Soul by Thérèse of Lisieux: ICS Publications, 1996.
  2. The Secret of Mary by St. Louis Marie de Montfort: Montfort Publications, 1994.
  3. Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft: Ignatius Press, 2000.
  4. On the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Mulieris Dignitatem by Pope John Paul II
  5. Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood by Pat Gohn: Ave Maria Press, 2013.
  6. The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand: The Catholic University of America Press, 2005.
  7. Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women, by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle: Ave Maria Press, 2012.
  8. The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living by Lisa M. Hendey: Ave Maria Press, 2014.
  9. Word by Word: Slowing Down With the Hail Mary, edited by Sarah A. Reinhard: Ave Maria Press, 2015.
  10. Seven Saints for Seven Virtues by Jean M. Heimann: Servant Books, 2014

Blogs and websites that build your faith

Catholic Answers: Fabulous site with answers to your questions about Catholicism and lots more!

Amazing Catechists: My group blog, written by some of the top voices in catechesis today, for catechists, parents, and those in ministry at any level.


Cover_Art_True_RadianceThrough True Radiance, women are invited in out of the cold of our youth obsessed culture to “steal” back our true God-given feminine beauty and encouraged to walk in love, through grace. Expressive anecdotes, caring sentiments and the author’s insightful guidance are guaranteed to lift your spirits and even change your life!
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, award-winning author of 20 books, including The Kiss of Jesus


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