Item description for Looking for Mary: (Or, the Blessed Mother and Me) (Compass) by Beverly Donofrio & Jorge Alberto Asato Espana...
Overview At once a conversion story told by an immediately recognizable girl-like-you-and-me narrator, an irreverent look at the "cult of Mary", and a genuinely moving memoir, "Looking for Mary" is the story of one woman's stumble from darkness into the light.
Publishers Description Entering her fortieth year, Beverly Donofrio, a "lapsed Catholic," inexplicably begins collecting Virgin Mary memorabilia at yard sales. Her search for kitsch, however, soon becomes a spiritual quest, leading her to make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Medjugorje. There, she learns that Mary comes into your life only when pride steps out and receives a bonus: hope. In Looking for Mary, Donofrio offers the universal story about a woman who-in a quest for the Blessed Mother-finds herself.
Citations And Professional Reviews Looking for Mary: (Or, the Blessed Mother and Me) (Compass) by Beverly Donofrio & Jorge Alberto Asato Espana has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 89
Entertainment Weekly - 08/17/2001 page 65
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.99" Width: 4.82" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN 0140196277 ISBN13 9780140196276
Availability 0 units.
More About Beverly Donofrio & Jorge Alberto Asato Espana
BEVERLY DONOFRIO is the author of the adult titles Riding in Cars with Boys andLooking for Mary, as well as the coauthor of Mafia Marriage. The picture book Mary and the Mouse received two starred reviews. Ms. Donofrio is also the author of a middle-grade novel, Thank You, Lucky Stars. BARBARA McCLINTOCK is the author and illustrator of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Cinderella, a Golden Kite Honor Book; Dahlia, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Child Magazine Best Kids' Book of the Year; and Adele & Simon, which received two starred reviews and was named an ALA Notable Book. She is also the illustrator of The Gingerbread Man by Jim Ayelsworth, among others.
Reviews - What do customers think about Looking for Mary: (Or, the Blessed Mother and Me) (Compass)?
love this book Mar 9, 2008
this is my third time to buy this book! I keep lending it out and never getting it back. I wanted to read it on the beach during our vacation so I had to buy it again.Plus wherever we go we look for Mary. you'd be suprised all the places you can find her---or maybe she finds you
Not quite what I expected Jan 23, 2008
It wasn't clear to me when I picked up this book that it was an autobiography of sorts. I was a little disinterested in the beginning to read about the author's personal lifestyle (young single mom, drugs, bad relationships, etc.), but came to be fascinated by her journey of faith and life improvement. I must say though that the historical tidbits about Mary (and even some of the saints) and especially her Medjugorje trip intrigued me the most.
I Read it Twice Jan 13, 2008
I've just read this book for the second time in about a year. It's hard to put down and very inspirational. As a Protestant there definitely was a time when I would have dismissed this book as a lot of Catholic hokus pokus. But my mind has opened to much wider range of possibilites over the years. Besides, anyone who passionately embraces spirituality while holding religious institutions accountable for it's dogma is a person after my own heart. I love Anne Lamott's books for that as well. And beyond the wonderful experience with the Virgin Mary that Beverly Donofrio shares here, she must be admired for her courageous, honesty when it comes to writing about her own life's challenges and mistakes. By doing so she has provided a great service to her readers.
Wonderful! Aug 30, 2007
This book is a rarity--a book about Catholic Marian spirituality with much to offer non-Catholics, and even non-believers. D'Onofrio comes to terms with her (grievous) mistakes as a mother as she searches for (and finds) Mary the mother of Jesus. The book traces her interest in Catholic kitsch which gives way to an authentic awareness of and openness to the divine as it is manifested in and through Mary. Profoundly moving and honest, inspiring and very well-written--I feel lucky to have stumbled across this book.
Wonderful... Jul 5, 2007
I really loved this book. Beverly Donofrio is a very honest spiritual seeker, free of piety and self-pity. A teenage mother deserted by her husband (who later dies of AIDS), she moves with her young son to New York to pursue her dream of being a writer. An MFA from Columbia and a rather wild social life follow. Later in life, with a stormy relationship with her son to contend with and many failed relationships, Donofrio finds herself drawn to Mary for spiritual sustenence. This is where the book heats up -- trips to Medjugore and Mexico, mystical experiences, and healing for the author. She acknowledges that her neglectful parenting has been her son's "cross to bear" but finds forgiveness for herself as well. You won't close this book dry eyed.