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Behold Your Mother Paperback – February 20, 2008

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Product Details

  • 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: #4,817,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My soul magnifies the Lord..." (Luke 1:46) and it can be said that Behold Your Mother magnifies the life of Mary. In this devotion to the Blessed Mother, author Heidi Hess Saxton first shares personal reflections and anecdotes of how she developed a more meaningful and intimate relationship with Mary after converting to Catholicism. The latter part of the book includes a collection of powerful meditations that reflect Mary's natural, divine and spiritual motherhood. As a cradle Catholic and as a mom, I've always embraced Mary and prayed to her frequently. Now thanks to Heidi's new book, I now have a collection of Marian meditations and prayers on hand to give me "new material" for days when I need my Mother.

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.
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I tried to zip through it. Goodness knows, I have had it long enough to have been done with it long before now. But I just couldn't.

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.
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As a Catholic convert, Heidi Hess Saxton had to learn to have a meaningful relationship with Mary, the mother of Jesus. In "Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories & Reflections from a Catholic Convert," she shares her "own story about how [she] came to regard Mary as [her] own spiritual mother, and reflect upon her earthly life as well as her heavenly vocation."

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.
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