True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life

Title:  True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life
Author: Lisa Mladinich
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Release Date:  October 16, 2015


The promise of True Radiance is simple: Prayerful, faith-filled women become more beautiful as they age, not less. As a woman matures spiritually, as she grows in wisdom and holiness, she increasingly reflects a radiant inner beauty that touches others in countless ways. If you’ve ever felt negative about the onset of middle age with its array of physical and psychological challenges, this book can help you redefine your perception of aging. Along the way, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the possibilities for relevance, value, and contribution waiting to be discovered. Positive, personal, and practical advice from fellow traveler Lisa Mladinich will inspire and motivate you to thrive in the second half of life.



True Radiance by Lisa Mladinich celebrates a woman's life for who God made them to be. As a female myself, I understand how cultural stigma of how the outer beauty takes precedence in the inner beauty of experience and wisdom.  Though I'm only in my 30s, and God-willing, not officially in the second half of my life, I still felt empowered by Lisa's insights.

" 'For I know the plans I have for you...plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope' (Jeremiah 29:11).  The real question for each of us is not, 'Does God have a specific and beautiful plan for my life?' Instead, we should ask, 'Do I appreciate it for the blessing it is?' " (83)

Yes. Do we? True Radiance is simply 135 pages, but within those pages, Lisa emphasized and share with the inner strength and spiritual maturity one encounters with age and experience, seeking God's will for us. We are beautiful with feminine charms (along with exterior beauty), inner grace, lasting friendships, spiritual growth with others, and cultivating wisdom - all part of the journey with God, as we radiate with true radiance.

"As our interior lives deepen over time, so does our feminine beauty. As we become more receptive and more docile to the will of God, our feminine nature blossoms and finds fulfillment in ways that a life lived selfishly never can." (5) 

With all said, True Radiance is perceptive, thoughtful and inspiring. It's one I would like to take out from time to time, maybe as an encouragement or when I need a reminder.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Franciscan Media for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic author whose dynamic presentations on faith, catechetics, and women’s issues can be heard at events around the country, as well as on Catholic TV and radio. She is the author of the best selling book on authentic beauty and aging,  “True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life,” from Servant Books. Attention: catechists, Catholic school teachers, and homeschooling families! Lisa is currently at work on a book of 300 prayers for children—from Liguori Publications called, “Heads Bowed: Prayers for Catholic School Days,” available in August, 2016. Pre-order here! Lisa’s writing can also be found at; her blog at, Water into Wine; her columns for CATECHIST Magazine; and her booklets, “Be an Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children” and “Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation” from Our Sunday Visitor (in English and Spanish), which are based on her popular workshops for catechists. Lisa is also a webinar instructor for a wonderful Catholic curriculum provider for middle and high school students, Homeschool Connections. She teaches academic writing, punctuation and grammar, leadership skills, and the Church’s understanding of  authentic feminine beauty.

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  1. Well, not sure if I'm quite in my second half of life, but .... almost. Love the idea of this!
    Jen @ YA Romantics


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