Swinging Sisters: Book Review

A Fun And Inspiring Catholic Biography
Swinging Sisters by Madonna Dries Christensen is one of my favorite books.  It shares an inspiring story (based on factual events, but with some fiction woven in to fill it out) of a devoutly Catholic Minnesota family with four musically-inclined daughters.  The The Martin and Mary Jones family moved to San Antonio in 1926 when the girls were teens.  

From The Texas Rangerettes To The Convent
When Evelyn, the youngest, was 18 the four daughters, along with two friends created a band, calling themselves the Texas Rangerettes.  They hit the road (in an old hearse!) and played in gigs all over the country ... never missing Sunday mass along the way.  After some years, Mr. Jones died, and these four girls, tired of their years of glitz, glamour, and constant travel, one by one decided to enter a convent.  And, their widowed mother chose to become a religious sister as well!  So, the four Jones girls and their mother gave away the bulk of their worldly goods and in 1938 entered the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Convent in San Antonio. 

Proceeds To The Incarnate Word Convent 
Swinging Sisters was written by Madonna Dries Christensen who generously gives the proceeds of her wonderful and easy-to-read book to the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Convent in Victoria, where the Jones sisters and their mother are all buried (the last of the Jones sisters died in 1999).

Take A Look
Swinging Sisters can be previewed or purchased at:  amazon.com or iUniverse.com.

May 3, 2013 issue of Today's Catholic

An empty lot now stands at the plausible site 
of where the Jones family once lived:
 421 Marshall St. in San Antonio, TX.


  1. Madonna Dries ChristensenMay 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Thanks for the review, Theresa.

    1. I don't read too many books twice, Madonna, but this one is very special. Thanks for sharing such a well-written and fun story!


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