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Discovering Mary: Answers to Questions About the Mother of God Paperback – September 4, 2009
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Mills provides facts on Mary generally accepted by the faithful and found in magisterial documents and the work of recognized experts. He explains that the facts are "a way to find the spirit of the thing--which when found helps us see more deeply into the facts."
In an appendix for further reading the author suggests a long-weekend reading plan that offers a "surprisingly complete" introduction to Catholic belief about the Mother of God." He includes guidelines for the three-day plan with sources from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. He also gives web sites for almost all of the sources. The plan is a great follow-up to the Q&A chapters. It could also be adapted for a retreat or study group
David Mills' Discovering Mary is an ideal book for those looking to meet the Blessed Virgin for the first time and also for those who already possess a deep devotion to our Lady. Mills' prose is excellent and he grabs your attention from the beginning with an account of his early Catholic days as a lackluster devotee of the Blessed Mother ("I was getting at best a C- in knowledge of Mary and a D- in devotion to her"). He shows how a richer understanding of Christ's incarnation led him to embrace Mother of Christ and the Catholic Church. Mills reminds us that Mary does not lead us away from Christ, but leads us to know Him more intimately.
This book is destined to be a classic manual in Marian apologetics. Mills includes a thorough treatment of the life of Mary (including Joseph!), and examines Scriptural accounts of Mary in detail. I appreciated the lucid explanation of the Marian dogmas from Scripture and the Church Fathers, and I also appreciated the book's description of contexts in which Pope Pius IX and Pope Pius XII declared the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary. I was impressed with how Mills delicately handles such issues as Marian apparitions. Related to this is his sober presentation Marian devotions and prayers commonly recited and memorized by the Catholic faithful. I honestly cannot think of a question or topic omitted by Mills. It's all there. Discovering Mary is the ideal go-to apologetics resource for your personal library.
I highly recommend this book - especially as a gift to friends who have yet "discovered Mary."
Framed as a series of questions and answers, with the answers ranging from a paragraph to two pages, Discovering Mary is well suited for any would-be, or poorly instructed Catholic. Mills tells how a newcomer might initially feel about praying to Our Lady: "I remember cringing, after I became a Catholic, when a woman I knew said, ‘I told the Blessed Mother….'" Yet his heart soon changed after he'd begun living with the sacraments.
Nowadays, skeptics (including some biblical scholars) claim that virtually everything the Bible says about Mary has been invented by early Christians. Mills replies that these thinkers are trying to eliminate "the supernatural from the Gospels, which means essentially eliminating Mary, bearer as she is of so much that is obviously supernatural.Read more ›
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More BS from the xtians. About as believable as their talking snake and flood myth.Published on September 5, 2014 by Alana Joseph
This short book on discovering Mary is a good introduction of who Mary is in Catholic teaching. However, I would note that the entire book is formatted as a series of Q&As. Read morePublished on August 16, 2014 by M. Lozano
I found more than enough documentation regarding the Church's approach and beliefs about the Blessed Mother. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Dog Lover
The other was very general in some of his explanations of Marian theology. I expected a more in depth theology I mean no disrespect when I say this, but you can almost tell the... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Stephen
my wife does a lot of church study and is one of the many of the books about the churchPublished on June 7, 2013 by john