A long time #FanGirl of author, Maria Morera Johnson,
it is my pleasure to share the launch of
her amazing new book – Super Girls and Halos.
Available now for Pre-Order!!
Super Girls and Virtues
I get a variation of this question a lot, and to be honest, it wasn’t really that way by design, but the Holy Spirit has a fun way of suddenly turning on the lights for me.
I knew I wanted to talk about the heroines’ strengths, and I knew there were specific character traits I wanted to talk about — certainly Wonder Woman and Justice. As I started making lists of these attributes, I saw a pattern emerge. Boom!
A Super Saint Posse
There are all new Saints in this book, and I hope I do have a good mix of favorites and new ones. St. Clare of Assisi is paired with Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I include St Kateri Tekakwitha and St Mary Magdalne, too. Then, I bring along St. Mary MacKillop, who was teased by a pope for having been excommunicated, and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, who is one of my new favorites. I hope the book intrigues people and leads them to read more about these and other saints.
Super Role Models
I think that most of us fundamentally want to be good. To that end, we seek role models that demonstrate positive traits that we’d like to emulate. These heroines have qualities that are positive and worthy of emulating, but we really need more than just “being good.” Framing these characters with the cardinal virtues, and showing those virtues in the lives of saints can encourage us to seek more than just being good, but being holy — seeking and trusting and loving the Lord as the saints demonstrate.
A Super Sales Pitch
You crack me up…
Ok, what would the book say? It wouldn’t say anything; it would send out a laser beam and grab you right away! I mean, you gotta be a little curious about what the super girls have in common with the saints, don’t you? I think Ave Maria Press is my superpower — they did a great job with a fun title and cover design!
About the Author:
Maria and I during our first IRL meeting – Atlanta, 2014
Maria Morera Johnson is the author of My Badass Book of Saints (Ave Maria Press),which won first place in the inspirational category at the 2016 Association of Catholic Publisher’s awards. She also contributed to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary. A CatholicMom.com blogger, Johnson retired in 2016 from her positions as a composition and literature professor and the director of English learning support at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
Personally, I would just describe her as super cool, super funny — and an all around super fantabulous ‘sharer’ of the Faith! ***Then again I AM her #1 FanGirl