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Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints [Paperback]

By Elizabeth A. Johnson (Author)
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The author offers an interpretation of Mary that is theologically sound, spiritually empowering, ethically challenging, socially liberating, and ecumenically fruitful. She construes the image of Mary so as to be a source of blessing rather than blight for women's lives in both religious and political terms.

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The first-century Jewish woman Miriam of Nazareth, mother of Jesus, is the most celebrated female religious figure in the Christian tradition. Elizabeth Johnson offers an interpretation of Mary that is theologically sound, spiritually empowering, ethically challenging, socially liberating, and ecumenically fruitful. In particular, she sees the image of Mary as a blessing rather than a blight for women's lives in both religious and political terms.
"If you read only one book on Mary in your lifetime, let this be the one." American Catholic Booksellers'

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Studio: Continuum
Pages   379
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 3, 2006
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826418279  
ISBN13  9780826418272  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., is a distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University in New York. She has served as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and is the author of several books, including Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology (Crossroad/Herder & Herder)

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Sister-Mother: A Protestant Review  Dec 22, 2006
I am, for better or worse, a Protestant. After praying the rosary for the first time with an ecumenically minded group of friends, I had a great opportunity to discuss with a Catholic friend the notion of praying to Mary and the communion of saints in general. She loaned me this book which, in all honesty, I've read about half of (I just don't have the time to finish it all). Elizabeth Johnson made Mary more accessible to me. That may be precisely the problem for more conservative Roman Catholics. Johnson uses biblical criticism and feminist theory to sift through Mary's portrayal in Scripture as well as in subsequent tradition. If you aren't open to the insights of feminist theory or biblical criticism then this probably isn't the best place to start your engagement with a Catholic Mary. If, however, you want to find a place for Mary in your own life and thought and are ready for some serious thought, read this book.
Mary is truly our sister  Nov 4, 2006
Sr Johnson does something which I believe to be valuable if not indispensable in understanding and truly appreciating Mary or Miriam of Nazareth, which is to take much of the historical dust she has acquired and reveal the incredible yet humble peasant she was. It truly inspires us as it shows us that despite our mundane life truly God is in our midsts, and if like Mary we open ourselves to God's love and respond with the openness that she did God can truly do wonders through us too. One often ignored part of Mary is her Magnificat when she proclaims God's goodness and challenges the men and women of all generations to proclaim God's love to all, which includes often challenging the injustice found in so many of our structures. It is easier to remain with the Mary found in our homes, made of wood, plaster or whatever else. These though they can serve as reminders of the real Mary, can never substitute for the real 1st century Jewish peasant woman who said Yes to God and lived that Yes throughout her life.
Mariology It Ain't  Aug 23, 2005
I concur with another reviewer: get Luigi Gambero's "Mary and the Fathers of the Church," and, I might add, his follow-up work, "Mary in the Middle Ages." Read these two books alongside "Truly Our Sister. . .," then decide whether 15 or 16 centuries of organic, historically contiguous development of the Church's Marian doctrine by some of the finest minds and hearts the Church has ever produced--including Bridget of Sweden, or Johnson's glib, 21st century, feminist revisionism provides the better spiritual nourishment.

The Blessed Virgin Mary stirs us to properly love her divine Son, bringing us into the intimate recesses of the Trinitarian love itself! Anything shy of that simply misses the point and leaves one painfully short-changed.
Don't waste your money  Jul 8, 2005
Try reading Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn for starters. This book misrepresents our Blessed Mother. Not sister.
Superb catholic theology  May 9, 2005
This is a superb work of catholic scholarship and reflection. Catholic religious communities are living traditions, not museums, and the way they experience and understand women now is not what it was 500 or 1,000 years ago. Dr. Johnson repeatedly demonstrates that devotion does not require religious people to be blind to change, development, or maturation. Nor does it mean that they should cling to fantasy instead of reality.

The glory of Catholic theological reflection in the past has been its belief (which I share) that if something is not real, it can't be sacred. This book pursues the reality of what it must have meant to be Mary, and what Mary means now, with reverence and grace.

It is silly to imagine that true catholic, orthodox, or christian reverence regarding Mary's unique place in the communion of saints requires us to pretend that nothing of any note has happened in human history over the past 500 years. That does not seem to be the sort of thing that Mary herself would recommend or countenance.

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