Author Colleen Carroll Campbell had it all: a great job working in the White House, the perfect husband, and an extremely bright looking future. Why then, did it seem as if something was missing? This is an excellent memoir that faces the challenges of secular feminism versus the reality of being a woman in today’s society. The author traces her own faith journey, giving credit to some very wise female saints along the way.
Although it was recommended to me years ago, I’m convinced God found it serendipitous for me to read it right now. My teenage son has recently been confronting me with concerns he had with the Church. “It’s sexist,” he claims. He doesn’t understand the Catholic Church teaching that men and women each have unique gifts and a particular role to play in marriage and in society. He looks at me, a woman who had two college degrees and a great career, and thinks I was somehow forced to give it up for my religion. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Like the author, I also felt like something was missing. Campbell’s story points out what so many people miss: that oftentimes secular views of womanhood dismiss our natural yearning to be mothers. Sure, there are many women who have careers and children, but some people, like myself and Colleen Carroll Campbell, wanted to give our whole selves to the raising of our children. And do you know what? The Church applauds us for dedicating our lives to raising good human beings. It’s not sexist – it’s sex affirming.
I loved the author’s personal journey and hope my son will be willing to read this memoir. I highly recommend it.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012
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