ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MOTHER ANGELICA
“In this dramatic page-turner, Raymond Arroyo has captured the life and lessons of Mother Angelica, a woman who may well be the patron saint of CEOs. Buy this book and be inspired.”
—Lee Iacocca, The Iacocca Foundation, former chief executive officer of the Chrysler Corporation
“Raymond Arroyo masterfully captures the complexities, humanity, and tenacity of Mother Angelica, who has long been one of my own personal heroes. The founder of the Eternal Word Television Network, Mother Angelica is a woman who dared to dream, to stand up for what she believed in, and whose faith showed that anything is possible. In Arroyo’s hands, she becomes someone you wish you had the opportunity to know and love. Read this book and believe.”
“This is some woman. What a wonderful story Raymond Arroyo has written—wonderful because it’s true, because he got the facts, because she chose him to tell them, and because he’s a born storyteller.”
—Peggy Noonan, author of When Character Was King
“Mother Angelica’s personal words to me, her courageous example, and her constant prayers helped inspire my portrayal of Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. No one could have captured the essence of this modern-day saint better than Raymond Arroyo. His narrative gifts and understanding of Mother are clearly evident in this truthful and often candid depiction of one nun’s struggle to bring God to the multitudes. Surely this book, and Mother’s life will have an incredible enduring legacy.”
—James Caviezel, actor
“Mother Angelica is one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time, and is truly one of my heroes. With his “insider” perspective, Raymond Arroyo has done a masterful job capturing not only Mother’s immeasurable accomplishments but also her remarkable personality. Like Mother herself, this book has the unique combination of being both inspiring and entertaining.”
—Thomas S. Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and Chancellor of Ave Maria University
“A rattling good story of fear, faith, courage, and bulldog tenacity, beautifully told. The drama of Mother Angelica’s life is a powerful reminder that the extraordinary lies just beyond the ordinary—if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.”
—George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope:Tthe Biography of Pope John Paul II
You might think of Mother Angelica as "The Little Nun Who Could." In 1981, this feisty, devout woman launched the world's first Catholic cable channel in a Birmingham, Alabama, monastery. She began the Eternal Word Television Network with a leap of faith and a paltry $200 in seed money. Against all predictions, the EWTN prospered: Today the network offers 24-hour television and radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish to 184 million viewers and listeners in 160 countries. ETWN news director Raymond Arroyo's biography of the energetic, angelic Angelica bears testimony to her faith and her fervor.
"Improbable but true" describes much of the life of Franciscan nun Mother Angelica (Rita Rizzo), who became a pioneer in cable religious broadcasting by establishing the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) in 1981. Today, the network reaches more than 80 million households in upwards of 100 countries. Though she claims to have been the beneficiary of several unexplained healings throughout her life, she officially ended her career in live programming four years ago, when a series of strokes took its toll. Arroyo, news director and lead anchor at EWTNews, here offers an unauthorized but authoritative account of his former cohost that updates Dan O'Neill's 1986 Mother Angelica: Her Life Story. He incorporates a number of radio interviews, including probably the last one Angelica herself will be able to give. Readers will enjoy her ever-humorous, feisty, and down-to-earth personality, as well as her words to the ordinary person in the pews on a wide range of moral and personal issues. This engagingly written work is recommended for public, academic, and religious collections.-Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.