Holy Crap!: Memoir of a Catholic Girl

Author's Republic

Narrated by Jean Moelter

3 hr 4 min

Twenty hilarious true stories about anxiety, sinning, and sainting. Crazy Little Catholic: “For God needed me to convert pagans and nurse icky lepers in far-off lands.” Amazing Technicolor Dream Boys: “I didn’t have the slightest idea how to seduce Joseph. And Sister Bridget was no help at all with my characterization.” Virjeanity: “I felt it’d be wrong to use my parents’ phone in the commission of a mortal sin.” Death of a Saint: "For the next five Halloweens, I dressed up as my patron saint, Joan of Arc. The perfect costume for a repentant Halloween slut."

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Author's Republic
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Published on
Aug 20, 2018
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Duration
3h 4m 31s
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ISBN
9781982718824
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Humor / Form / Essays
Humor / Topic / Religion
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