- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Bezalel Books (February 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980048303
- ISBN-13: 978-0980048308
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,267,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Behold Your Mother Paperback – February 20, 2008
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Each of the 48 meditations begins with Scripture and ends with a short prayer. But my favorite part of the meditations is what comes in the middle: lyrical, narrative passages that offer a glimpse into the life of Mary and those who were close to her, including people like Juan Diego to whom she revealed herself. Here, in Heidi's beautifully-written verse, we can imagine the sometimes gritty and absolutely human details of Mary's days - the love she felt as she nursed her baby as "He nestled close, wisps of hair glued with sweat, /his eyes closed in concentration," her exhaustion, her fear, and the way she kissed "[Jesus'] bruised face./ Her Baby, but God's Lamb." Through her perceptive and descriptive writing, Heidi paints a vivid, faithful and authentic picture of our Holy Mother and the many roles she played and still plays in all of our lives while offering us an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Mother of God.
Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a Catholic Convert might sound like it's a stuffy book. Perhaps you will stop reading now, before I shatter the preconception you may have just from reading the title.
Yes, it's a book about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Yes, Heidi Hess Saxton is a Catholic convert. No, it's not stuffy.
I couldn't put it down, though that seems to contradict the fact that I couldn't read it all in one sitting either. I was caught completely off guard by the style of the book. I don't know what I was expecting - it's not a very thick book, 70 pages - but I wasn't prepared for the impact this little collection would have on me.
The book is divided into two parts. In the first, Heidi shares three short stories from her own life about Mary. They're not of the rolling-your-eyes-this-lady's-off-her-rocker variety; instead, they're candid tales that were probably written only after Heidi had done a bit of shaking her head and trying to attribute them to something other than Mary's intercession. (My mother-in-law has a fair share of guardian angel stories of this ilk.)
In the second - and my favorite - part, Heidi has put together 48 reflections on the life of Mary. They were as surprising in their point-of-view as they were fresh in their styling. There were a few that made me tear up, and there are more than a couple of dog-eared pages that I'll be turning back to again and again.
It's the kind of book that I buy for all of my close friends and family, whether they're Catholic or not.Read more ›
As an adoptive mother, Saxton feels very connected with Mary's role as our adopted mother. Jesus gave Mary to all of us as our mother while he was on the cross. Some respond to this motherhood quite naturally. Many of us, especially those raised as cradle Catholics, can't imagine not thinking of Mary as our spiritual mother. Others, such as Saxton, need to be invited into that relationship. In the first part of "Behold Your Mother," she shares how she came to know and love Mary. Saxton compares it to when she was first caring for her foster children. As painful as it was, she had to wait for them to come to her before they could forge a bond. Saxton states that Mary "waited for me to express my need . . . such as someone to sit with me in Church when I was feeling lonely, or safety for my children and me in a time of perceptible danger . . . and then found a way to fill it."
The second part of "Behold Your Mother" offers reflections on the life of Mary. Each reflection offers a quote from scripture or other sources that offers a glimpse of Mary. There is then a reflection and a prayer. Many of Saxton's reflections are truly beautiful, offering great insight into the life and heart of Mary, such as this reflection on the birth of Jesus:
The wind moaned, the straw prickled.
You closed your eyes to shut out the dirty animals
and the pacing husband,
and you dreamed of home.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book's author, Heidi Hess Saxton, a convert to Catholicism is a blogger at Mommy Monsters, and Behold Your Mother: A Bouquet of Love from Mary to Her Children . Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Leticia Velasquez
Full of stories that reach the heart of motherhood and the relationship all people can have with the Blessed Virgin Mary, "Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a... Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by cheryl c malandrinos
Behold Your Mother is a wonderful gift that will help to introduce you to Mary or rejuvinate your relationship with her. Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by ELC
"Behold Your Mother" is a soulful, heartfelt look at deepening our
relationship with the Blessed Mother. Read more
Heidi Hess Saxton gently and lovingly draws her reader toward a deeper relationship with Mary, and ultimately with her Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ through this resource filled... Read morePublished on March 4, 2008 by Lisa M. Hendey