How do you walk with your children during times of struggle and crisis? Do you feel as if nothing you do will be enough? In Mary's Way, a heartfelt book for moms who struggle to guide children through the various stages of their lives, Catholic speaker and teacher Judy Landrieu Klein shows how her own crisis of faith helped her release her children to the care of the Blessed Mother. In doing so, Klein shows you how to find the love, joy, and peace of Our Lord as you surrender your will to him. Judy Landrieu Klein struggled with her faith as she lived through her son’s near-fatal addiction to drugs and her daughter’s painful anxiety. She discovered she couldn’t handle the relentless pressure of life not measuring up to her expectations and it was eating away at her family. Klein considered Mary’s reaction to the events in the life of Jesus. She meditated on Mary’s fiat and her prayer of total surrender to God’s will and saw how this act of obedience carried on throughout Mary’s life as she witnessed the life of her son. As Klein focused on her devotion to the Blessed Mother, her life and faith were transformed. In Mary’s Way, Klein reflects on the Annunciation and describes her own to struggle to embrace the will of God by surrendering control of her family planning. She meditates on Mary’s powerlessness during the Crucifixion, finding a place of calming surrender during her own son’s escalating battle with addiction. Klein shows how you can become a more powerful intercessor for yourself and your children. When you finish reading this book, you’ll find yourself turning to Mary and surrendering yourself and your children more fully to God.
About the Author
Judy Landrieu Klein is a Catholic author, speaker, theologian, counselor, and founder of Memorare Ministries. She works with her husband, Mark Gelis, at My Father’s House Counseling Services. Klein received a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dallas in 2000 and conducted post-graduate doctoral studies in bioethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athanaeum in Rome. Certified as a temperament counselor by the National Christian Counselors Association, Klein is earned her doctorate in clinical Christian counseling in 2018. She served as an adjunct professor of theology at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans for seven years.
Klein’s books include Mary’s Way, Living Water, Sez Who, and Miracle Man. She has written for Catholic Digest and blogs at CatholicMom.com and Aleteia. She served as cohost of Radio Maria’s Apologetics Live program for more than four years. Additionally, she has appeared on EWTN’s Women of Grace and Focus Worldwide Television’s Focus. Klein has been the featured speaker at many faith-based events, including Magnificat Women’s Breakfasts, Legatus dinners, and Theology on Tap meetings.
Table of Contents
Foreword Lisa M. Hendey ix
Introduction Saving Motherhood 1
Chapter 1 The Annunciation: The Yes of Surrender 15
Chapter 2 The Visitation: The Power of Godly Friends 31
Chapter 3 The Birth of Jesus: Embracing Our Poverties and Our Children's Imperfections 47
Chapter 4 The Presentation: The Prevailing Power of the Dedication 65
Chapter 5 The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple: Losing Jesus, Finding Our Way 81
Chapter 6 The Crucifixion: When Death is at the Door 99
Chapter 7 The Resurrection: How God Makes Things New 121