Saturday, July 02, 2011

Catholic Company Book Review: Wholly Mary, Mother of God

About the Book:
There's a little bit about Mary in Scripture. We can glean a bit more from the tradition of the Church. Some of the approved apparitions add a little insight, too. But where can we go to get the complete picture, to find out about the whole Mary? Wholly Mary does just that. In an engaging style, Chris Padgett walks us through what the Bible has to say about the Mother of God. What has she meant to the Church throughout the centuries, what do the apparitions add, what have the saints told us about her and, most importantly, what can we learn from her ourselves? Other facets of this explanation of the Blessed Mother include:
  • The power of the rosary
  • How the Mass relates to Mary
  • Four important dogmas about Mary
  • Mary and the Trinity
  • Mary and ecumenism
With the enthusiasm and passion Chris Padgett is known for, Mary is sure to come alive for you in a wholly new way!

My Comments:
This is an easy engaging read that covers most of the Marian doctrines.  While it contains a section contrasting  the scriptural support for both the Protestant and Catholic views of Mary it is not primarily an apologetics book.  While there is a section on saying the rosary as a family, it isn't really a prayer book.  While apparitions are mentioned, it isn't really about them.  It is  a book about Mary in the life of the Catholic church and in the spiritual lives of  her children.  Its strength is its engaging style rather than its depth or the amount of material covered.  Grade:  B.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Wholly Mary - Mother of God. They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.

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