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A Handbook on Guadalupe Paperback – March 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965204421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965204422
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Good book but lots to read.
Betts
It discussed the apparitions of Mary to Juan Diego, a converted Aztec, in great detail.
Kimberly Massey
The book contains many color illustrations.
Tim Drake

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Massey on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book lovely, insightful, informative, and thorough. It discussed the apparitions of Mary to Juan Diego, a converted Aztec, in great detail. It addressed every angle one could imagine on Guadalupe: the actual history and historical background of the apparitions, theological reflections, scientific analysis of the tilma on which the image appears, the prolife aspect of the apparition, and the historical persons associated with the apparition, especially Juan Diego. It also details the importance of the figure of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and many others.
The book is not written by a single author; it is an anthology of articles written by a variety of contributors exploring different aspects of the apparitions, which occured in 153l, shortly after the arrival of the conquistadors. The Handbook is edited by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, a Roman Catholic religious order; thus, the book is a valuable resource for Roman Catholics and others who wish to learn about the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe from an orthodox point of view.
I greatly enjoyed this book, and I think anyone who has an interest in Our Lady of Guadalupe - the ever-Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, as she styled herself - should read this book.
Jemkim@bellsouth.net
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book does a wonderful job of bringing together a very readable collection of articles (by scholars, scientists and theologians) on the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and its history.
It was put together by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in order to create an accessible source of information about Our Lady of Guadalupe: there is background historical information on both Spain and the Aztec Empire, on the miracle itself and the people involved in it (including information about the historical research on this, for those who are interested), on fascinating scientific studies on the tilma (such as discussion of the incredible fact that the image was imprinted on a "tilma", rough clothing material worn by the Aztecs, made from reed fibers, which disintegrates within a couple of decades, and yet it is still in perfect condition today!), theology on it, and more.
I definetely recommend it for anyone interested in any of those topics.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Tim Drake VINE VOICE on April 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
The story and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has fascinated the world since it first appeared on Juan Diego's tilma.
This book brings together the image's foremost experts to explain the miracles of the image: how such a detailed image was created on material as coarse as wool, the image seen in Mary's eyes, the symbolism in the image, and the results of scientific studies of the image.
The book also re-tells the beautiful story of Juan Diego and Mary's words to him.
The book contains many color illustrations.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a perfect primer for those interested in investigating the legacy of "La Morenita" (The Little Dark [virgin]). It covers just about everything: from the history leading up to the apparitions, the people involved, the symbology of image and the apparition, scientific examiniations, miracles associate to the image, and even the societal/theological/spiritual impacts of the apparition and image.

I found it highly accessible, as have others to whom I have given a copy of this book, but this may vary by reader.

Even if you do not believe in the mystical relationship of the "myth" it provides a good counterview for further study and a means to calibrate for our own biases in deciding what the whole event means to us.

And for those who do believe, it will greatly enrich your understanding/appreciate of a truly amazing event. I even used it as a reference for a novel (Thy Will Be Done).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda on March 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
A Handbook on Guadalupe is an interesting take on the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe that took place in Mexico. This title goes through a variety of information regarding OL of Guadalupe such as the miracles, Juan Diego, the area she appeared within, and many other inspirations that she created. This book is good but at some times the writing style by the variety of theologians can seen dull and hard to stay interested. This book would have been much better with an easier to read layout and a variety of different authors such as more everyday people, or those that live in the area of Mexico where in the past Guadalupe appeared. All in All this book is a great start on learning about Guadalupe but at times can be difficult to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Colonel on September 11, 2011
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This is a best buy for discriminating readers seeking an historical approach to the Marian appearance to St Juan Diego at Guadalupe, Mexico. This is an edited work with credible contributors who put aside the polemics and focus on the phenomenon and its meaning to believers. The authors seek to put the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary in its correct context of evangelization in the new world against the backdrop of the historical practice of human sacrifice by indigenous people of the Aztec empire. Much more awaits within this excellent collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kcdole1996 on January 10, 2014
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This book is very informative. Knowing a little about the Lady from Guadalupe, it added many documented details that I was unaware of. Recommend it highly.
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