Item description for Meet Mary: Getting to Know the Mother of God by Mark I. Miravalle...
Overview Who do you say Mary is? She's a simple peasant they call Queen of Heaven. She's the Lord's humble servant, yet an icon of female strength. Meet Mary teaches you everything the Bible says about her, what the early Christians believed, and all of the Church's key Marian teachings these past 2,000 years.
Publishers Description Who do you say Mary is?
She's a simple peasant they call Queen of Heaven. She's the Lord's humble servant, yet an icon of female strength. She's mother of all, yet ever-virgin, lowly and exalted. Sinners fly to her but angels bow. Mary, mother of Jesus, is the most recog-nized woman in history . . . and the most misunderstood.
Non-Christians paint her as an earth goddess. Skeptics say she's a fictional projection of male psychological needs. Many Protestants grudgingly acknowledge that someone had to bear the Savior, but otherwise regard Mary as an ordinary, sinful woman in whom Christians have tragically misplaced the faith and devotion due only to her Son.
Even many Catholics don't know Mary as well as they should. Do you know the Church's five essential Marian doctrines, and how they're rooted in Scripture and Sacred Tradition? Can you explain the difference between the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth?
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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 1933184329 ISBN13 9781933184326
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More About Mark I. Miravalle
Miravalle is Professor of Theology & Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville & International President of Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici. He received his Sacred Theological Doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Reviews - What do customers think about Meet Mary?
Get Acquainted with the Blessed Mother. May 8, 2010
I just finished reading Mark Miravalle's Meet Mary. Miravalle is a Catholic deacon who is also a Mariologist. In his book he introduces his readers to the Mother of God, Mary. This book wasn't written just for Catholics. He invites non-Catholics to come along with him and get acquainted with our Blessed Mother and he explains why she's relevant to all of us and not just Catholics.
This is not an apologetics book and is not intended by the author to be such but even still, it could still quietly carry out that function if read by a curious non-Catholic. In the book Miravalle makes it clear that Catholic do not worship Mary and he beautifully explains Marian devotion and how it brings one closer to our Lord.
So who would benefit from reading this book? Anyone with a curiosity about Mary could certainly learn something from this book. If you're a Catholic who doesn't exactly know why we honor the Blessed Mother, you certainly could gain some valuable insight by reading this book. If you're a protestant who thinks Catholics worship Mary or are just flat out crazy for praying to her, you could learn a lot about why she is so important and how she can lead us closer to her son and our Lord, Jesus. If you're in RCIA and the idea of Marian devotion seems strange to you then this book would be a great springboard of catechesis for you on Mary.
At 90 pages, the book is a short read, but it is packed with information. Miravalle's writing style is engaging and to the point. Because this book is an introduction to Mary, it's more or less an overview of Mary and not an in-depth study. If you're looking to get you feet wet and become acquainted with Our Lady, then this book is a great starting point.
The book also sports a nice appendix that covers the Rosary and other Marian prayers. In this section you will find a short how to on praying the Rosary and a brief explanation of all twenty mysteries of the Rosary. Prayers such as the Angelus, Regina Caeli and Memorare are also included in this section along with a few others.
Overall, I think this book is well done and can nicely serve a broad audience.
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It will enlighten you and possibly change your heart and mind!!! Jan 7, 2010
This book is fabulous. I do not rate things high unless I am nuts about them. I am a Protestant who married a Catholic. For years I have been reading books, trying to understand Catholic teachings, especially about Mary. Many books on the market about Catholicism and Catholic doctrines are not very good, not written to be read by Protestants with Protestant objections and sensibilities. Nor do they explain things well, the origins of beliefs, etc.
This author, who is a Marian theologian and an expert, anticipates all possible objections to Marian doctrine and answer them extremely well. It might not convince you, (It did me) but you will come out of it better informed and probably more tolerant. Many people do not understand these teachings. I have known highly educated Protestant ministers teach their parishioners that Catholics worship Mary. I know cradle CAtholics who think the Immaculate Conception refers to the way Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. This book will eradicate all misconceptions. It might not make you a devotee of Mary, but it will help get rid of some prejudices and wrong assumptions.
Here is a Catholic quoting SCRIPTURE to support his beliefs! (And well!) Wonder of wonders!
I have read this book many times and now call Mary my mother. Although you wouldn't have to do so yourself to benefit from this book, just to be more educated is a benefit in itself.
Highly recommend for all Christians, Catholic or Protestant, or those curious about the Christian faith!
Meeting Mary Jun 28, 2009
To this date, I have not received this book. I ordered it on May 27, 2009. I am quiete disappointed and will not order from them again.
Excellent Perspective of Mary From the Bible Mar 11, 2009
Miravalle's book is a pleasure to read an his review of Mary based on scripture is excellent and very educational. No doubt it reflects vast knowledge of the subject. Written for the common person. Highly recommended reading.
Alex Gutierrez Author of Mother Mary's Resurrection