Gaze Upon Jesus: Experiencing Christ's Childhood through the Eyes of Women

Gaze Upon Jesus: Experiencing Christ's Childhood through the Eyes of Women

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Overview

What if you had walked beside the Virgin Mary from the Annunciation to the point at which she and Joseph found Jesus in the temple? How might seeing Christ as a child impact you and your faith?

WINE: Women In the New Evangelization offers its second, six-week scripture study, this time following the infancy and early years of Christ as seen through the eyes of Mary and other familiar and imagined women in the gospels.

Founder Kelly Wahlquist and ten other members of WINE uniquely blend scripture reflections, imaginative encounters, and visio divina “sacred seeing” with practical spirituality and discussion questions that will help you take a prayerful and creative journey through Advent and the Christmas season.

Not much is known about the childhood of Jesus, but the Gospels highlight six key moments in his early life:

  • the angel Gabriel proclaiming Jesus’ birth to Mary at the Annunciation
  • a pregnant Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth
  • the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
  • the presentation of Jesus in the temple
  • the flight of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to Egypt
  • discovering the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple

Week by week, you will dig deep into each of the scriptural vignettes of Jesus’ early life and grow in your faith as you learn about virtues such as humility, patience, charity, reverence, prudence, and courage.

Each chapter uses an image that allows you to practice visio divina, the ancient practice of praying with sacred art. The images are included in an eight-page, full-color insert.

Gaze Upon Jesus will appeal to women who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus during Advent. Contributors to this inspiring scripture study include: Alyssa Bormes, Sarah Christmyer, Mary Healy, Maria Morera Johnson, Stephanie Landsem, Elizabeth Lev, Joan Lewis, Deborah Savage, Kelly Wahlquist, Katie Warner, and Carol Younger. Popular Catholic media personality Teresa Tomeo, also a member of WINE, wrote the foreword for the book.

As an individual or group study, Gaze Upon Jesus is a memorable way to encounter the God who sent his Son to show us his loving Father’s heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594718304
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 08/24/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 346,004
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Kelly M. Wahlquist is a Catholic author and speaker, and the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. She is the director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Wahlquist is the author of Created to Relate, the editor of Walk In Her Sandals, and a contributing writer for WINE. Wahlquist leads women’s pilgrimages through Italy and Ireland and travels around the country speaking on the New Evangelization. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their children.

Teresa Tomeo is a bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and speaker with more than thirty years of experience in print and broadcast media. Her radio and television programs are broadcast by EWTN. She speaks throughout North America and also leads retreats and pilgrimages annually. Tomeo is also a columnist and special correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor.

Kelly M. Wahlquist is a Catholic author and speaker, and the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. She is the director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Wahlquist is the author of Created to Relate, the editor of Walk In Her Sandals, and a contributing writer for WINE. Wahlquist leads women’s pilgrimages through Italy and Ireland and travels around the country speaking on the New Evangelization. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their children.


Teresa Tomeo is a bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and speaker with more than thirty years of experience in print and broadcast media. Her weekday radio program, Catholic Connection, a coproduction of Ave Maria Radio and EWTN, is heard daily on 300 stations nationwide and also SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Her TV show, TheCatholic View for Women, is seen twice weekly on EWTN.

Tomeo is a columnist and special correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor. She has been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox and Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show. She was named a Vatican conference speaker and conference delegate and spoke at the 2013 conference the “Rights of the Family and the Challenges of the Contemporary World” sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. Tomeo participated in the Vatican Women’s Congress in 2008. She speaks throughout North America and also leads retreats and pilgrimages annually. Tomeo is a teacher for St. Benedict Press’s Catholic Courses. Her books include Extreme Makeover, God's Bucket List, and Walk Softly and Carry and Great Bag. She and her husband, Dominick, Pastore live in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.


Maria Morera Johnson is the author of the award-winning books Super Girls and Halos and My Badass Book of Saints. She also contributed to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary, and Gaze Upon Jesus. A CatholicMom.com blogger and educator, Johnson retired in 2016 from her positions as a composition and literature professor and the director of English learning support at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Johnson has spoken at a number of events, retreats, and conferences, including the National Council of Catholic Women, Austin Women’s Conference, and the Catholic Press Association. She also has been featured on CatholicTV and Busted Halo and in Catholic Digest and St. Anthony Messenger.

Johnson is a native of Cuba. She and her husband, John, have three grown children and live in the Mobile, Alabama, area.

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Gaze Upon Jesus: Experiencing Christ's Childhood through the Eyes of Women 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well done! loved the material studied it with a grp of women for 6 weeks - great question and answer section for discussion - brings you back in time
LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
The remarkable group of women who gave us Walk In Her Sandals for meditation at Easter have given us a new devotional with the same fortuitous combination of scripture study, fiction, and thoughtful introspection. This new book looks at the women involved in the biblical accounts of Christ’s birth and childhood for contemplation during Advent. Each study centers around a virtue—humility, patience, charity, reverence and prudence—modeled by the biblical women and how they should be exemplified in our own lives. The fictional stories of Mary, Elizabeth, a servant girl at the inn, and the Prophetess Anna bring the character vividly to life and help us to understand the historical and cultural context of Christ’s coming as well as the deep emotions women like us bring to the events. One section of each chapter, called visio divina, contemplates fine art portraying the annunciation, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, etc. Dr. Elizabeth Lov directs our attention to details in the art that bring out the emotions and reactions of the people represented. As in the first book, the various authors and approaches come together in a wonderful unity of purpose. Although Jesus’ mother Mary is present in the story of Christ’s passion and resurrection, she is much more central to the biblical stories of his birth and childhood. For that reason the differences between Catholic and Protestant points-of-view are more evident in this Advent devotional than in the authors’ previous work. However, the Protestant woman who can look past Catholic terminology, emphases, and occasional use of the Apochrypha will find much to consider and apply to her own life as she prepares herself to worship our one Lord Jesus Christ at this time of year. [I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in return for my honest opinion.]
GodCreatedItAll More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to review, because I had a hard time understanding it. It is of the catholic faith and it reads about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what type of woman she was. I felt some unhealthy feminism happening or something and I disagreed with how they were portraying her. I could be wrong and don’t mean to offend anyone, but it’s how I saw it. But the book, as a whole, for me, was hard to grasp and understand. Thank you to #NetGalley and publishers of #GazeUponJesus for the opportunity to read and review. My views are my own.