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Over the holidays, I had some free time (I KNOW!?!) and pulled Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves off my review shelf.  I devoured it in an evening and while flipping pancakes on Sunday morning.

Breaking Through is a different kind of book.  Intelligent, educated Catholic women share their own thoughts about a myriad of controversial Catholic topics and why they believe them.  From women like Helen M. Alvare (also the editor), Sr. Mary Gabriel SV and Michelle A. Cretella the year tackle doctrines such as having children, contraception, homosexuality, religious life, the sexual abuse scandal, single motherhood and more.

This book is an excellent book for people of other faiths who wonder how or why we can believe such “antiquated” doctrine.  Not that the beliefs of educated women have any more value than anyone else, but it often confounds intelligencia that anyone could be Catholic.  Every single one of these women has initials after her name and has written an essay with just the right balance of emotion, scientific research, and church teaching.

If you are a Catholic struggling with doctrine or a Protestant desiring to know more about Catholic teaching on a practical level, Breaking Through is an excellent starting place.  The essays are thoughtful, well-written and REAL examples of living the Catholic life.

Jen S.

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