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Mary, Mother and Queen
5 Stars Out Of 5
We walk with Mary
April 15, 2016
Mary, Mother and Queen
Great book with great insights into the role of the virgin Mary as our Mother and Queen. Links the Old Testament and the New Testament, as Mary emerges as the "New Eve" and her Son as the "New Adam", the one who "crushes the serpent", the new everlasting King who defeats all Evil. Although Mary is not mentioned explicitly very often in the Bible, she is present throughout in the background, supporting her Son as he fulfills his mission. Mary's "Yes" to the Angel Gabriel and her mission as the mother of Jesus, an ultimately of all of us, sets in motion the events which lead to our salvation. All that Mary does stems from God and his divine plan for us.
Great scholarly work, founded in the Scriptures, should be read by all who denounce Mary's important role in the salvation process, as the book shows a new perspective of Mary and her central importance in the Christian Faith.
I recently finished Walking With Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross, by Edward Sri. And let me tell you, every step was fascinating!! I loved this book!
At Christmastime, Christians all over recognize and remember Mary, the mother of God...but the rest of the year, so many forget her. Yet what a gift she is to us from her Son! A perfect example of Christian womanhood for us to imitate, and a special motherly intercessor on our behalf.
This book was a gem in that it dug deeper into the life of Mary solely based on the Scriptures. I was impacted by reflecting on her solid faith and trust in conceiving, bearing, and raising the Son of God. She inspired me with her faithfulness, humility, and trust in God even when she was not in control and could not see the future. (such a great lesson for me!)
Though there only a few areas Mary appears in Scripture, I was amazed at the significance and deeper meanings of them. It was so beautiful to learn more about "the Woman clothed with the sun" in Revelation, Jesus' important words to Mary from the Cross, the conversation between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, and the power of Gabriel's message to Mary in Luke Chapter 1.
One of my favorite parts was the last one I mentioned: the angel Gabriel's message to Mary (also the prayer we know as the Hail Mary). In Luke 1, we read that he called her "full of grace," God's name for her. He said "the Lord is with you," which in the Old Testament was said whenever a heavenly messenger appeared to someone on earth to give them a difficult task, a demanding mission. Mary knew this, but said yes. She was human and knew not what was ahead. She was troubled but chose faith over fear. She said yes to whatever God wanted of her and so was chosen to bear Him to the world. What an incredible woman. How blessed we are that God gave her to us as our Mother too.
This book was easy to understand despite the in-depth breaking apart of Scripture. It encouraged me, inspired me, and made me reflect on my own womanhood and how I can become more like Mary, and more like the woman God created me to be.
I highly recommend it and think both my Catholic and my Protestant brothers and sisters would enjoy it.
[Thank you to Blogging for Books for the free copy for this review. These are my honest and original comments.]
Walking with Mary is a book that can be used and read in so many ways. You could use it as a devotional, reading a chapter that really speaks to you at that moment in your life. It would also be a great group or individual bible study. I used it in this way, I would read the chapter then use the verses that were referenced in each chapter. Edward Sri references chapters from John and Luke. He starts at the beginning of Mary's wonderful and blessed journey to the her heartbreak at the cross.
Walking with Mary is a book that all Catholic's should own and read. After reading Walking with Mary I felt so much closer to Mary. I really thing that even non Catholics would enjoy this book and maybe after reading this would have a better understanding of why Catholics honor Mary.