Behold Your Mother

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When she converted to the Catholic tradition in 1994, Saxton says she initially found it difficult to "get close to Mary." This difficulty resolved itself over time . but she never completely understood her own initial reluctance until she became a foster parent in 2002, and experienced the children's initial resistance to her parenting efforts. Behold Your Mother contains three short stories from the author's life that illustrate Mary's "spiritual motherhood"; then a series of forty-eight short reflections, ...
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When she converted to the Catholic tradition in 1994, Saxton says she initially found it difficult to "get close to Mary." This difficulty resolved itself over time . but she never completely understood her own initial reluctance until she became a foster parent in 2002, and experienced the children's initial resistance to her parenting efforts. Behold Your Mother contains three short stories from the author's life that illustrate Mary's "spiritual motherhood"; then a series of forty-eight short reflections, based on Scripture, on the life of Jesus' mother. This is a second, expanded edition of Saxton's book With Mary in Prayer (Loyola Press).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980048308
  • Publisher: Bezalel Books
  • Publication date: 2/21/2008
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 0.17 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    The best Mary book I've ever read

    I tried to zip through it. Goodness knows, I have had it long enough to have been done with it long before now. But I just couldn¿t. Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a Catholic Convert might sound like it¿s a stuffy book. Perhaps you will stop reading now, before I shatter the preconception you may have just from reading the title. Yes, it¿s a book about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Yes, Heidi Hess Saxton is a Catholic convert. No, it¿s not stuffy. I couldn¿t put it down, though that seems to contradict the fact that I couldn¿t read it all in one sitting either. I was caught completely off guard by the style of the book. I don¿t know what I was expecting - it¿s not a very thick book, 70 pages - but I wasn¿t prepared for the impact this little collection would have on me. The book is divided into two parts. In the first, Heidi shares three short stories from her own life about Mary. They¿re not of the rolling-your-eyes-this-lady¿s-off-her-rocker variety instead, they¿re candid tales that were probably written only after Heidi had done a bit of shaking her head and trying to attribute them to something other than Mary¿s intercession. (My mother-in-law has a fair share of guardian angel stories of this ilk.) In the second - and my favorite - part, Heidi has put together 48 reflections on the life of Mary. They were as surprising in their point-of-view as they were fresh in their styling. There were a few that made me tear up, and there are more than a couple of dog-eared pages that I¿ll be turning back to again and again. It¿s the kind of book that I buy for all of my close friends and family, whether they¿re Catholic or not. That¿s partly for selfish reasons - I don¿t think I can part with this book to lend it out, because it¿s really that good. (The list of books I don¿t lend out is very small, just so you know. It probably includes two books, come to think of it.) I challenge you, for a second, to let go of your preconceptions about Mary, Mother of God. Even if you have a devotion to her. Start out with a blank slate, and pick up this book. You may find that you come away changed. You may find that you come away smiling, with tears in your eyes. You may find yourself looking around you with new eyes. While it would make a great Mother¿s Day gift, or birthday gift, or it¿s-Tuesday-I-love-you gift, don¿t wait to share this book with your favorite person. As a mother, I think automatically of other women and mothers to share it with, but last night, at our parish¿s May Crowning, I looked at Padre standing in the shadow of the be-flowered statue of Mary, and I realized that HE needs a copy of this book. Then I thought of my own father, and my husband, and my brother-in-law. There¿s a timelessness to this book, and I look forward to sharing it with my daughters someday, and my nieces, and perhaps even my grandchildren. May, the month of Mary, is a terrific time to read it, though I can¿t think of a BAD time to read it.

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