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    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 8, 2006
      Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is,
      put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right
      away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

      Title: The Authentic Catholic Woman
      Author: Genevieve Kineke, foreword by Christopher West
      Publisher: Servant Publications
      Date Published: June 2006
      ISBN: 0867167688
      Price: $13.00
      Comments: The author has a blog at

      Comments from amazon.com:

      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
      A book for all women , September 8, 2006
      Reviewer:Karen Edmisten - See all my reviews

      Excellent! I loved this book. In brilliant detail, it describes how "woman's
      work" mirrors the work of the Church. Femininity makes sense in ways you may
      never have considered -- "authentic womanhood" is shown to be not only
      worthwhile, but vital and holy. Must-reading for Catholic women ... on second thought,
      for all women (and men.) Genevieve Kineke shows us a vision of *true*
      feminism, achieved through life in Christ.

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      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
      Church as Model for Women, July 11, 2006
      Reviewer:Carol Blank (Columbia, MD, USA) - See all my reviews
      Kineke's primary goal in writing this book is to help women understand their
      femininity and how it is manifest in everyday life. She enumerates three
      temptations related to discovering what it means to be a woman: (1) idealizing the
      past, (2) dismissing the past, and (3) creating unrealistic images of piety.
      Methods for combating these temptations include ongoing formation to establish
      an adult understanding of our faith; an openness to life and the dignity of
      the person; and personal relationship with the Blessed Mother. Kineke outlines a
      number of ways for women to view their role in creation realistically. She
      explains the model of spousal love in relation to the sacraments of matrimony
      and holy orders. The vocation of bride, she writes, is equal to that of groom in
      all dimensions, but not to be confused with it. The bridegroom protects,
      makes fruitful, and completes his bride and provides a haven where she can prosper
      safely and comfortably. "He gives that she might receive and her receptivity
      gives life back to him and affirms his manhood."

      In addition, Kineke connects the role of women with the Church's role of
      mother, teacher, and builder of culture. Finally, she looks at the challenges to
      authentic femininity in marriage, motherhood, and the consecrated life and
      suggests that sincere Christian forgiveness, as Jesus taught, is the antidote for
      pain, injustice, injury, and conflict.

      This book provides numerous opportunities for reflection for individuals and
      groups of women or couples. It would also be a useful resource for leaders of
      marriage preparation programs.

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      8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
      Authentic Femininity images the Church, July 10, 2006
      Reviewer:A. Love (Oklahoma City, OK USA) - See all my reviews

      If you're looking for a cutsie "Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul" or a
      "Spirit of Vatican II" type book for women, this is not it. Genevieve Kineke is
      looking for an answer to the question "What does it mean to be a woman?" that
      transcends time, place, or state in life. She sees an answer in the image of the
      Church as a Woman - Mother, Teacher, and Bride, and gets theologically deep.
      She looks at the Sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Anointing of
      the Sick, and Reconcilliation, and explores how a woman's daily life mirrors
      those Sacraments. She also discusses how the vocation of women is linked to that
      of men (Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Consecrated Life)- and this may bristle
      many "21st Century" women who have been raised with a feminist mindset. She
      discusses the Church as Mother and Teacher, giving examples of women like Maria
      Montessori and Edith Stein. To illustrate the Church as Bride, she gives
      examples from the Old Testament. Finally, she presents the Church as builder of
      Culture, without which "faith cannot endure". Through all of this, she weaves the
      example of our mother Mary. In exploring this paradigm, Genevieve shows how
      women are invited to a unique, intimate relationship with Christ, and how the
      "genius of woman" can have a tremendous impact on the world. By her own
      admission, Genevieve's book only scratches the surface of this topic. But it is an
      excellent start, and complements John Paul II's Theology of the Body very well.
      This book is structured and written well, and comes with a bibliography. It is
      defnintely worth a second read.

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