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Mary: The Imagination of Her Heart [Paperback]

By Penelope Duckworth (Author)
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Christians from liturgical traditions like Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy have long venerated Jesus' mother Mary as a miraculous intercessor, icon of holy life and God's closest human relative. Believers from Protestant denominations, on the other hand, have attempted to appreciate Mary within the boundaries of what is known about her from the New Testament, seeing her as worthy of respect but not devotion. In this study of Mary as prophet, matriarch, theologian, disciple, intercessor and paradigm, Duckworth, an Episcopal priest and poet, encourages readers to approach her from the classic Anglican perspective of the middle way, which "allows us to understand Mary as a model, a pattern, a paradigm and, as such, a soul friend as we proceed toward the perfection that is Christ." It may be jarring for more conservative readers to discover that Duckworth views the Gospels not as historical documents, but as witnesses of faith anchored in the "truth" of myth and folklore. On the other hand, her evident affection for the subject and her even-handed approach to some of the more controversial aspects of Marian devotion will appeal to those seeking a well-rounded portrait of one of the major figures in Christian history and worship. Each meditation is enriched by personal anecdotes, Duckworth's poetry and her multicultural perspective on art history, folklore and Marian tradition.

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Although Mary is a preeminent figure in Christianity and one of the most celebrated women in history, to many Christians she seems distant and unapproachable, a porcelain perfection of abstract motherhood that is irrelevant to their everyday existence. Still, interest in Mary is high, as evidenced by retreats, pilgrimages, liturgical formulations, and church discussions on her. Many Christians are hearing new wisdom in her Magnificat and are searching for ways to integrate her into their lives of faith. Although we inevitably look at Mary from a twenty-first-century perspective, in this book Duckworth shows that our appreciation will be deeply enriched if we remember the sources that have influenced our tradition and try to comprehend the grand sweep of Marian devotion. As descendants of that tradition, we can look to Mary not only as the mother of our Lord but as the mother of a growing, changing church that is finding its way to a contemporary appreciation of her many dimensions. Duckworth addresses six of those dimensions Mary as prophet, matriarch, theologian, disciple, intercessor, and paradigm in this compelling work that combines theology, history, devotion, and meditation on biblical texts."

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Studio: Cowley Publications
Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2004
Publisher   Cowley Publications
Edition  New  
ISBN  1561012602  
ISBN13  9781561012602  

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More About Penelope Duckworth

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! PENELOPE DUCKWORTH is an award-winning preacher and the author of "I Am": Sermons on the Incarnation, and Zabillet, a play on the Rehabilitation Trial of Joan of Arc. Her poetry has been published in The American Scholar, Theology Today, Yankee, and other publications. As an Episcopal priest, she has served several parishes and been chaplain to Stanford University and Santa Clara University.

Penelope Duckworth currently resides in the state of California. Penelope Duckworth was born in 1947.

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The Episcopal Church makes room for Mary  Jul 24, 2007
As an Episcopalian who has nurtured a lifelong devotion to Mary the Mother of God, this book made me feel as if I can finally come out of the closet! A perfect blend of scholarship and personal experience, Duckworth's reassessment shows just what Mary offers both to individual Christians and to the Church as a whole -- and her observation that images of the Madonna and Child speak to us of the Incarnation as nothing else does is both poignant and powerful. An excellent companion book is Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-Emergence in the Modern Church by Charlene Spretnak, as well as Spretnak's article entitled "Anglicans Make Room for Mary", also available from this site. Ave Maria.
Fascinating reading for those interested in Mary!  Apr 4, 2006
Reverend Penelope Duckworth, author of Mary: The Imagination of Her Heart, invites the reader to view Mary, not just as the mother of Jesus, but as the mother of an ever-growing and changing church that is learning to appreciate her many dimensions.

From a biblical and historical perspective, Duckworth addresses six of Mary's different dimensions: as prophet, matriarch, theologian, disciple, intercessor and paradigm.

Mary is interesting because so much has been written about her from a theological, historical and cultural viewpoint, yet the scripture references are limited. The greatest amount of biblical information is found in the Gospel of Luke.

Duckworth's book gives the reader an opportunity to delve deeper into Mary as a person and allows us to examine her historical influence. She becomes a real person, rather than an idea or fact of Christian life.

The study questions following the chapters offers the reader an opportunity think about, examine and reflect on Mary, the contemporary church and their own beliefs and experiences.

Armchair Interviews says: Mary: The Imagination of Her Heart is not light reading. It requires time and thought. But if you're interested in the subject and enjoy good writing, you'll find Duckworth's examination of Mary fascinating reading.

A profound contemplation digging deep into both scripture and faith in search of a better understanding of Mary and her legacy  Feb 11, 2006
Mary: The Imagination of Her Heart is a meditation on different perspectives of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Preacher and award-winning play author Penelope Duckworth discusses Mary as prophet, matriarch, theologian, disciple, intercessor, spiritual guide, and paradigm. Written in thoughtful prose accessible to lay readers and theologians alike, Mary: The Imagination of Her Heart is a profound contemplation digging deep into both scripture and faith in search of a better understanding of Mary and her legacy.

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