Who knew “bodacious” would be one of the new colors for Spring?

Did you hear the news? Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood is finally on the shelves! Tah dah! It’s launched! (Don’t miss the free drawing below!)


Published by Ave Maria Press and in stores now! That’s Bea on the cover!

The book is a “first” for me. So forgive me if I gush just a little.

Ladies: This won’t be the last time you’ll hear me this from me: we have a blessed dignity, beautiful gifts, and undeniably, a bodacious mission — specifically as women — in the world today.

I love my collaborators in this effort! No author stands alone. So many people had a wonderful part in this book’s creation. I’ve been blessed by the team at Ave Maria Press who took a chance on a new author, and put their expertise behind me, like a refreshing breeze against my sails. Many beautiful, gifted women encouraged me along the way, and some great men too — you can read about them in the book’s acknowledgements — you may recognize a few of my family and friends. And I’m humbled by the people who have chosen to endorse this book, and I’m deeply grateful for their support. Finally, I have truly been enriched by the bodacious women I have met in my life, and in the work of the church that I am privileged to share in… women who embody the ideas that I share in this book — like Terry Polakovic of Endow who wrote the Foreword.

I love you dear readers, and my listeners to Among Women! This book is for you! I hope you’ll read it and share it. I can’t wait to welcome and meet new readers here or at an event! Help me reach them — share the link to this post!


Dressing room success! As seen in a nearby mall, finding jacket-luv in the bodacious blue color and the right size!

I love the book’s cover! I’ve named the woman on the cover “Bea”, short for Beatrice, which means a bringer of joy, or blessings. So besides the B-B-B of the title, you’ve got Bea there to remind you to look up and smile because there’s reason to celebrate being a woman! You are blessed! You are beautiful! And yes, you are bodacious!

I love that blue too! I asked my website consultant to add splashes of it wherever she could. (Thank you, Dorian Speed!)

And check it out — I was doing a little shopping this week, and who knew that bodacious blue is one of the top colors in the Spring fashion palette? (You might not believe it, but I’ve tried on a few polka-dot dresses too! What fun!!)

I hope you’ll think about asking for the book at your local Catholic bookseller. But if there is not one near you, there are  online stores ready to help too.

Come see me at my next book signing in MA on April 17! You’ll recognize me — I’ll be the one in the bodacious jacket!



Update 4.10.2013 this contest has ended. Comments are closed.

I’m hosting a free drawing til April 10, 2013 — I’ll give away 3 signed books, or a BBB coffee mug, and a tote bag to 5 readers chosen at random who leave a comment below. We’ll give them away on in a random drawing on April 10th, my baptismal day, so leave a comment! Thank you!


101 comments on “Who knew “bodacious” would be one of the new colors for Spring?

  1. Adri says:

    Congrats on the launch of your book!! I can’t imagine how exciting that must be.

  2. Mary Matheus says:


    Your book is absolutely wonderful. I read it in a week! And that for me is an accomplishment – for I have very little spare time. But it got me from the first words…. So thanks for the inspiration and the blessings that your words will bring to my life.

    Would love to give one away….so if I win, I will give it away to someone.

    1. Pat says:

      Hi Mary, thanks for that lovely endorsement!

  3. Dear Pat,

    blessings to you on your baptismal day. would love to promote your book on my site. You are truly a bodacious and blessed woman! Grazie milee!

    God love you,

  4. Joe Sales says:

    Pat, What an awesome occasion! I will continue to pray for you and the lives that are touched through the book.

  5. Pulling for you, Pat Gohn! You’re awesome! The book is BEAUTIFUL (blessed and boadacious, as well!). I will be reviewing it soon and posting on The Working Catholic Mom!

    Mary Wallace

    1. Pat says:

      Gee, thanks Mary! I would love it if you emailed me a link when you post your review!

    2. Michelle Dart says:

      Hi Pat, have loved your podcasts and would love to bring a copy of your fabulous book here to Australia. Can’t wait to share and read your words of blessing and wisdom with my fellow ladies at our parish. Thanks for your minstry, may God continue to bless it abundantly. God bless

  6. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Pat, I can’t wait to read your book and share it with the women in my life! Congratulations and may you continue to be blessed, you beautiful and bodacious woman!

  7. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Oh, and happy anniversary of our consecration day!

    1. Pat says:

      Yes, Karen! A happy day!

  8. Patsy Bly says:

    Pat I love love love your emails and would so love a copy of your book. Thanks for all you do to promote Faith ,Family and us women. <3

  9. Susan says:

    Congrats Pat – so thankful for your podcast!

  10. Pat says:

    Thanks Ladies, and Joe! Yes, it is very exciting to see the book finally come out! Putting all your names in the hat for the drawing on April 10th!

  11. Jamie McG says:

    I am so excited the book has launched! Can’t wait to read it!

  12. JoAnna says:

    Congratulations! Sign me up for the giveaway!

    1. Pat says:

      JoAnna I feel like you are one the friends I’ve had from the very early days of Among Women. Thanks for chiming in here! Of course, you and everybody in this combox for this post gets placed in the drawing!

  13. Congratulations Pat !!! I am so very happy for you !!! I love the word bodacious !!! It really does catch ones attention!! Now, I guess I will have to read the book to find out what it means !! But really, I LOVE the title !!!

    1. Pat says:

      YOU, my friend, are already living the bodacious mission — with a lotta style I might add! Thanks for dropping by!

  14. marika says:

    You look fabulous in bodacious blue… looking forward to reading BB&B.

  15. Dee F says:

    We are sooooo very excited for you! I would love this wonderful book, to share with my wonderful friends!

  16. Sara says:

    I am so excited about this book—it seems to be the perfect book for me this Holy Week. That has nothing to do with that blue being my favorite color ever, and everything to do with the subject matter.

    You look great in that jacket, too!

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks Sara, I call this book my “down time” with my girlfriends. Like if we were out on the back porch just relaxing over a cup of coffee.

  17. Nicole says:

    Congrats dear Pat I ‘d love to take part in the drawing . But I’m not sure I can wait until April 10th?? I might order it from amazon and sneak-read a little before.
    Nicole (Denmark )

    1. Pat says:

      April 10 plus post to Denmark… Haha! Order the book. Amazon or B&N have gotta be faster! 😀

  18. Ann says:

    Hey Pat…congrats and blessings sent your way…and to all fellow listeners. May you all have a blessed Holy Week. Sign me up.

  19. Crystal says:

    Hi Pat,
    This is my first visit to your blog. I listen to your podcast via my iPad. From all I hear on your show you are indeed God’s blessed, beautiful, and bodacious daughter….congrats on the book! Will get a copy. May our beloved Father be glorified as its message changes many lives!

    Warmly in Jesus and Mary
    Aka, august mom

  20. Monica says:

    Congratulations! It looks like a great book…I’d like to review it someday on http://www.equippingCatholicfamilies.com…lots of bodacious women read my blog. =) Blessings for Holy Week!

    1. Pat says:

      I love that idea. I’ll send you an email.

  21. Anne Ancona says:

    Congratulations on your book! It looks wonderful! Hope to catch one of your talks. Easter Blessings! Anne

  22. Mary says:

    Dear Bodacious Pat,
    I attended your retreat at the Army War College hosted by the MCCW. So good for the soul! Thank you for sharing the gift of your self with us!

    1. Pat says:

      Mary, what a happy event that was! I so enjoyed that weekend! Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. I’m very fortunate that other groups are interested in the retreat idea too.

  23. Amanda Paige says:

    Congrats on the book. I cannot wait to read it!!

  24. After all the hard work that goes into writing, there is no greater feeling than having that first copy in your hands!! Congratulations, Pat. May God use this great work of yours as a way of sharing his great love with more and more people. Many blessings to you. I look forward to reading the book!!

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks Beth! Let me remind any readers here about your visit to Among Women… right here: http://amongwomenpodcast.com/2010/08/17/aw-68-finding-your-voice/

  25. How exciting! Congratulations Pat. We are all so blessed by your loving gifts.

    1. Pat says:

      Margaret, you are a gift to me. Thanks for your many prayers.

    1. Brenda says:

      Hugs and congratulations on BBB! Looking forward to reading it and adding it to my library of favorites.

    2. Patty Johnson says:

      Pat, I can’t wait to meet you and hear you speak at our National Council of Catholic Women convention in Fort Lauderdale, FL in September. I am hopeful everyone who knows of you will be there. I would love to win a copy of your book .

      1. Pat says:

        Sure, let’s tell ’em, Patty! I’ll be Florida for the NCCW Sept 25-28. Some details here: http://www.nccw2.org/keynote.html

  26. Liana Bennett says:

    Can’t wait for Mother’s Day so I get my copy from my kids! It is on my “wish list”!

    1. Pat says:

      Great idea!

  27. Nice!! Congrats! :o)

  28. Barbara says:

    Just found you via the anchoress. Your book looks intriguing and if I don’t win I will be finding my own copy! Blessings.

  29. Pat,
    Congrats on the book! I found my way here via The Anchoress – she posted quotes, and I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing! Any idea when a Kindle version will be available?

    1. Pat says:

      Ceciliamaria, thanks for asking. When I last checked with my publisher, I was assured that the e-book version would come out shortly after the print edition. Sorry that I cannot be more specific than that. Hopefully, soon! As soon as I know it, I’ll post it here and elsewhere.

  30. I can’t wait to read your new book, Pat…thank you for sharing your soul! Love in Christ, Elizabeth

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks Elizabeth. I’d love your take on it.

  31. Kerri says:

    Can’t wait to read your book, already on my reading list. Was even thinking it would be great to do a review of it for Catholic Sistas. Either way, would love to be entered into the giveaway. Thanks!!

  32. Congratulations on the launch, Pat! I absolutely loved reading your book! You are such a gifted writer — I was very inspired by your words. I was so disappointed when the snow storm kept you away from our retreat last month in Folsom. Hopefully we’ll be able to schedule another retreat with you soon. I also enjoy listening to your Podcasts — I would just love to see you speak in person!

  33. Eileen says:

    After reading all of the comments posted I look forward to reading and sharing with my friends and family. Thank you!

  34. Jo oppolella says:

    Hallo Pat,
    I’ve read practically everything you’ve posted on the web since I discovered you with the AW podcast.
    I wish you all the best with your book and who knows, it would just be fantastic translated in italian. Untill then I have no way of getting hold of a copy, except throught the drawing.

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks for being a faithful listener, Jo! Happy Easter!

  35. I want in!! So happy this book is out…bodacious and dangerous! 🙂

  36. Jill Hall says:

    New Zealand ladies cannot wait to read this!!! Excited to get started! Blessings to you Pat!
    All the beauty and bodaciousnes from the south island of New Zealand!
    Jill Hall <

    1. Pat says:

      Gotta love New Zealand! I’d love to visit there someday! Some great SQPN affiliates come from that part of the world. Thanks for writing.

  37. Nicole says:

    Congratulations on the publication of your book. I love your podcast, I listen to it while cleaning! Makes the time go much faster. I would love to win a copy of your book.

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks for the note Nicole. Sometimes I record the podcast INSTEAD of cleaning! Haha!

    1. Marylou says:

      Pat, looking forward to reading your book!! Congratulations! Can’t wait to pass the launching of your book to all the special women in my life.

    2. Shirley Weisgerber says:

      Hi Pat, Saw the information about your book on Sister Helena Burns Facebook and decided to check it out. Looks like it is a fantastic read and hopefully I will be able to meet you at the NCCW Convention at Ft. Lauderdale in September. Will gladly share this information with the women of my diocese.

      1. Pat says:

        Thank you, Shirley!

        1. Malani says:

          Aloha! I just finished listening to the Podcast #159 and I think it was one of your best Podcasts! I found it so intriguing . I especially enjoyed the segment on Mother Teresa. Mahalo!

  38. Carrie says:

    I love your podcasts, so I know I’ll love this book too.

  39. Can’t wait to read this!

  40. Hi Pat!
    Congratulations on your latest ‘baby’!!! I am so happy for you! It looks like a wonderful, interesting and inspiring read. I can’t wait to get a copy–whether by giveaway or purchase. Either way, I’m going to read this!! Thanks for another great podcast. I love to hear you!
    Blessings of the Easter Season to you and your family!!

  41. Loretta says:

    Thank you for the company and during many long walks and drives. The Among Women Podcast provides a wealth of “small seeds” that inspire women of all ages, and in all stages of life, to BOLDLY live out our Catholic faith. I am looking forward to reading your book!

  42. Anne D. says:

    What a wonderful title for a book. I am looking forward to reading it. I enjoy listening to your podcasts too. Thanks for recording them!

  43. Maia says:

    I would love to read and share this book with the women of my church!

  44. Malani says:

    Aloha! This book sounds interesting. Please enter me into the drawing.

    Malani Baker

  45. Christi T. says:

    Looking forward to reading your book and sharing it with a great group of “blessed, beautiful, and bodacious” women down here in Miami. Congratulations on the launch-what an amazing accomplishment!
    Blessings always!
    PS-Ft. Lauderdale in September?! Have to look into that!! :))

    1. Pat says:

      Christi, looking forward to meeting you again! That would be great to meet up in FL. Thanks for your support!

  46. Patricia Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your faith and thoughts with the world. Super excited to read your book. A friend shared your post, as so will I. It is always great to see God’s love in the works of His children. Congrats and many blessings!

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks for letting others know about the book.

  47. Ona says:

    I’m so looking forward to reading your book! I love your blog, and so appreciate your ministry. I’m new to this beautiful faith, studying in RCIA w/ hopes for next year’s Easter Vigil ! Bless you Pat, for all you do 🙂

  48. Anna says:

    Pat Congratulations on you book launch! I can not wait to read it 🙂

  49. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations, Pat! May many blessings come to you and your readers from this book. I look forward to reading it eventually.

    1. Pat says:

      Thanks Steph!

  50. Naomi says:


    I have been listening to Among Women almost since it started. I met you in Boston at the CNMC a few years ago, and if your book has just a portion of the compassion and sparkle you show in all the things I’ve seen and heard you do, it must be wonderful! I’ll be watching for the e-copy. If I were to get seven copies or so of the print book for the women in my small group at church, is there any way I could get them signed?

    Hugs and congratulations, published book author!

    1. Pat says:

      Thank you sticking around all these years! You can purchase autographed print copies of BBB using this link: http://www.patgohn.net/personalized-book/

      The e-book is coming soon. So says my publisher.

  51. A. Padilla says:


  52. Kerry says:

    Pat, you had me from the first podcast of AMONG WOMEN I ever was fortunate enough to download. You are such an inspiration to all women. Can’t wait to read your new book. Thank you for your ministry. Blessings to you, my sister in faith.

    1. Pat says:

      Thank you Kerry. I had the AW audience in mind when I was writing.

  53. Barb S says:

    This is a wonderful, wonderful book. I’m savoring it slowly! Pat, I wish you the best with this book launch. Still trying to figure out if I’m up to being bodacious! I love blue in all its forms, if that counts for anything.

  54. Jennifer says:

    The book sounds wonderfully inspirational. Thank you for your podcast and your example.


  55. Chantal says:

    Dear Pat,

    Thank you for the way you help women be true to themselves. I love your Saint bios in your podcast! Hope your book gets a wide readership. Chantal

  56. Joann says:

    How wonderful your 1st book heat a blessing to us lucky enough to read it.

  57. Deborah from Ontario Canada says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to win a copy of your book . You and your guest help to lift me up.

  58. Teresa says:

    Love the podcast; looking forward to the book!

  59. Mary says:

    Love the title. Congratulations on your book!

  60. Rita says:

    This book sounds like such a gift to women everywhere! I can’t wait to read it! Please enter me in the drawings. Many blessings!!!
    An AW listener and fan,

  61. Monica says:

    I love your podcast and would love to win your book.

  62. Pat says:

    Comments are now closed. Thanks to all who participated.
    The book winners are Dorothy Pilarski, Susan Craycraft, and Stephanie Weak. The mug winner is Debbie from Ontario. The tote bag winner is Patti Johnson. All winners have been notified by email.

  63. Pat says:

    Comments are now closed. Winners have been notified.
    Book winners are Dorothy Pilarski, Stephanie Weak, and Susan Craycraft.
    Mug winner is Debbie from Ontario. Tote bag winner is Patti Johnson.

  64. Yvonne says:

    Congratulations! Love your podcast. Looking forward to reading your B,B and B book!!

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