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Glories of Mary Hardcover – Large Print, August 1, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0899423609 ISBN-10: 0899423604 Edition: New edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Corp; New edition edition (August 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899423604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899423609
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am reviewing the 448-page book of this title.
John McConnell
This book shows us how to honor and love Blessed Mother Mary as her Son does.
JCB
I highly recommend this book to read and then to share.
lieb

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of the richest and most vivid Marian texts I have read in a long time. I highly recommend this text to anyone interested in Marian theology or anyone devoted to the Rosary and Marian piety. It is a classic.
It includes meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary, sermons on the primary liturgical feasts of Mary and prayers to Mary. It is thorough. Each expositional section concludes with a prayer and example.
If you enjoyed Thomas A Kempis' Imitations of Christ, you will love this book.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2003
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This is the most complete book I've ever read about the Mother of God. Saint Alphonsus Liguori analyses with great detail and precision, but always using a perfectly clear language, the decisive role of Saint Mary in the salvation of human souls and her essential contribution to keep them away from sin and eternal condemnation. It is deplorable that the post-Vatican II modernist Church has almost forgotten these fundamental teachings.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By john on July 23, 2011
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St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696 - 1787) uses very intense language in this long love letter to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It's a work of beauty and devotion, with stories and legends meant for the edification of people from another place in time; parts of "The Glories of Mary" may not resonate with some modern ears, but it resonated with mine. Although there are serious (and very excellent) Church teachings scattered throughout, it is not fundamentally a theologic or apologetic work: it was written more to move the heart than the mind.

There are 7 parts to the unabridged edition I'm reviewing (Liguori Publications; Revised edition October 1, 2000):

1. Line by line commentary on the Salve Regina
2. Prayers to Our Lady (including The Rosary of Our Lady's Sorrows, covered in more depth in Part 4)
3. Sermons on the Principle Feasts of Our Lady
4. The Sorrows of Mary
5. The Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6. Practices of Devotion in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
7. Further Examples

St. Alphonsus follows a four-step formula in covering most of the material: (1) theme, (2) exposition, (3) example, and (4) prayer. He introduces a topic, develops it in depth using the devotional writings and sayings of the Fathers, Doctors, and saints of the Church, and then provides a story or two to illustrate his point, and a specific prayer for Our Lady's grace pertaining to the particular topic.

As mentioned earlier, this is primarily a work of devotion and therefore not the book I'd give a Protestant to explain the Catholic veneration of Mary; just as I would not give "The Imitation of Christ" to an atheist to explain the rational underpinnings of Christianity.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrea di Pietro della Gondola on June 15, 2006
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This book is a great source of meditation on the BVM. Unfortunately, it is an abridgment of Liguori's full work. Nevertheless, it does not disappoint, and provides a useful and complete mediation upon the Hail Holy Queen.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RCB Catholic on October 8, 2011
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As a warning anyone who is familiar with a more credible 'Glories of Mary' book, they can run 500-600 pages depending.
This short version in a small format(7"x5"), with large print, is only 189 short pages. This printed version is not for the discriminating buyer.

Here is a 448pg. version, affordable:

The Glories of Mary (Liguori Classic) [Paperback] [2000] (Author) Saint Alphonsus Liguori
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for great spiritual reading, you just can't do better than St. Alphonsus Liguori. And for all of his fantastic writings, you just can't do better than The Glories of Mary. Profound meditative fodder abounds on every page of this book! The Hail Holy Queen prayer, while beautiful, is a little obscure and hard to understand in our day, but you can count on St. Alphonsus to make this beautiful prayer fill your heart with love for Our Lady. He also writes about the Sorrows of Mary, the Virtues of Mary, the Marian Feasts, and also some prayers and special devotions to the Blessed Mother. This book is a treasure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cyndi on January 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It has taken me some time to read this book; not because it was difficult to read or understand but because I wanted to ruminate over so many points given in this treatise. This is a great book to use as a resource in defending Mary to others who underestimate her importance.
Aside from being a Doctor of the Church, Ligouri references many who preceded him, emphasizing the point that we don't have to reinvent the wheel but only rely on those who have gone before us in wisdom. Naysayers of Mary's powerful intercession claim that she was "merely a creature". However, she was merely a creature who was the channel through whom Jesus came to us. She was merely a creature who was assumed into Heaven, and for what reason? These questions and many others are addressed in this beautiful writing. I highly recommend this book. It is well worth whatever time you devote to it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Miller on April 2, 2008
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This was one of the most fascinating books I have ever read on our Immaculate Queen, The Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Alphonsus Liguori crafted The Glories of Mary as if he were speaking to Mary as he wrote this magnificent creation. Mary comes alive in this book as St. Alphonsus quotes the many Saints who speak so glowingly and lovingly about the "treasure" we have in our Blesed Mother.

Mary, the Immaculate One is the most powerful Saint in Heaven who has saved, from eternal damnation, countless individuals who were devoted to her during their life times. You must read this book to discover how our Blessed Lady protected her loved ones. This book is for those who know little about Mary Immaculate and for those who would like to know more about our Immaculate Queen, the greatest Advocate in Heaven and on earth. I hard such a difficult time putting this book down to complete other duties. When I was reading this book, I felt such peace and joy that continues to remain with me.

I underlined so many important events, quotes from Saints, incredible descriptions of how our Blessed Lady saved her children. St. Alphonsus mentions in several locations the importance of praying the holy rosary to become closely attachd to Mary, the Mother of God! More than a great book, a masterpiece!
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