Discovering Mary: Answers to Questions About the Mother of God

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As a convert to Catholicism, David Mills discovered that entering the Church didn't automatically confer appreciation for the mother of Jesus. Soon, however, "I found myself developing an experiential understanding of Mary and indeed a Marian devotion-which surprised me. It surprised me a lot."

Having wondered about Mary himself, Mills knows the questions that puzzle not only new Catholics but many cradle Catholics and non-Catholics as well. Discovering Mary brings together ...

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Overview

As a convert to Catholicism, David Mills discovered that entering the Church didn't automatically confer appreciation for the mother of Jesus. Soon, however, "I found myself developing an experiential understanding of Mary and indeed a Marian devotion-which surprised me. It surprised me a lot."

Having wondered about Mary himself, Mills knows the questions that puzzle not only new Catholics but many cradle Catholics and non-Catholics as well. Discovering Mary brings together essential Marian information in an engaging manner not only to instruct but also to deepen devotion to "the one who bore our Savior and deserves our love."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780867169270
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,486,603
  • Product dimensions: 2.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID MILLS, a writer and editor, is former editor of the award-winning Touchstone magazine. Author of Knowing the Real Jesus and editor of The Pilgrim’s Guide: C. S. Lewis and the Art of Witness, he is a columnist for the Inside Catholic Web site and writes regularly for Catholic publications. He, his wife, Hope, and their four children were received into the Church while David was teaching at an Episcopal seminary.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Facts plus reading plan

    The author, an Episcopalian who joined the Catholic Church in 2001, opens his latest book with an introduction called "How I Came to Love Our Lady." He lists the more prevalent Protestant views of Mary, revealing that he had "intuited that she who bore the Word in her body had to be special somehow." With so much doctrine to absorb as a new Catholic, Mills didn't begin to appreciate Mary's significance for several years. This book, he writes, is the product of his growing to love Our Lady and his desire to overcome his own "gross ignorance" about her life and work. The remaining chapters, all in question and answer format, deal with the life, titles, and feasts of Mary; Mary in the Bible and Catholic doctrine; and Marian devotions, prayers, and apparitions.

    Mills provides facts on Mary generally accepted by the faithful and found in magisterial documents and the work of recognized experts. He explains that the facts are "a way to find the spirit of the thing-which when found helps us see more deeply into the facts."

    In an appendix for further reading the author suggests a long-weekend reading plan that offers a "surprisingly complete" introduction to Catholic belief about the Mother of God." He includes guidelines for the three-day plan with sources from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. He also gives web sites for almost all of the sources. The plan is a great follow-up to the Q&A chapters. It could also be adapted for a retreat or study group.

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