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Regardless of your faith or lack thereof, Beverly Donofrio has written a book for you. Initially begun as a series for NPR, this fascinating memoir details the author's search for the Blessed Virgin and a deeper understanding of the near-obsessive fascination many have for her. Understandably, Donofrio started out on her own pilgrimage with a mixture of skepticism and envy. Who were these Mary worshippers and how-and why-did they believe?
Packed into planes and buses with overweight, middle-aged rosary clutchers in search of the Blessed Mother, Donofrio traveled to such far-flung destinations as Medjugorje and Fatima, where the Virgin has been sighted time and again; and chronicles her own slow movement in the same direction as these true believers-toward a living faith. As the cynical journalist takes a turn toward the devout, she becomes keenly aware of her faults and the ways she has failed to be a good mother to her own son. Having seen the light, she is then prepared to both ask for and receive his forgiveness.