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Great Apparitions of Mary: An Examination of Twenty-Two Supranormal Appearances Paperback – October 25, 1996

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Sightings of Mary have become one of the popular religious attractions in contemporary culture. In her book, Swain examines the 22 most famous sightings of the Holy Mother, from the 1531 vision of the Virgin in Guadeloupe, Mexico, to the more recent apparitions of Mary in Medjugorje. While Swain offers a marvelous overview of the circumstances surrounding these apparitions, she also explores the historical stance taken by the Roman Catholic Church toward such apparitions. According to Swain, the message of Mary to her audiences in these sightings appears to be the same in every apparition?pray, repent and seek peace or face a horrific and violent time on this earth. Swain's reports on the thousands that flock to sights where Mary has appeared, and on the attempts to record the apparition of Mary on film, make for an interesting case study in the psychology of belief.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad Classic (October 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824516141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824516147
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this a most enlightning book. The author presents the material objectively and without the (all too often found) "religious bias/point of view. It was also quite refreshing to learn of the portions of the appritions that are not at all complimentary to the church and/or clergy. The thing I found most enlightning however was how the author also looked at the appriations from the point of view of what was going on at the time and how they often made a MAJOR impact in that respect. The author puts frank and open "tell it as it is" honesty ahead of the vested interests of church or individual.
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As one (non-Christian/Catholic but spiritual and Jewish...go figure) who has been fascinated with Marian Apparitions, I enjoyed this book and found it informative. There are apparitions included that I was not familar with, as well as the more "famous" sightings, such as Fatima, etc. Swann has also inlcuded a lot of detail about various apparitions that have not been addressed by other writers. I personally found the section on the Egyptian apparitions particulary interesting. Swann treats this subject with respect. I wish Swann had included a little more of his own personal thoughts on what these apparitions are; religious? "alien?" truly paranormal/supernatural? etc. but it's a minor point, and he does give his thoughts throughout the various chapters. A concluding chapter of "what if/what is it?" would have been interesting. But Swann has chosen to focus on specific apparitions, with detail and information that has not appeared elsewhere, or, is very difficult to find. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject, including as a first book for someone just beginning to become familar with this area. I enjoyed it very much, and appreciated Swann's style, tone, and detail.
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This book gave me a very different perspective on the apparitions of Mary since it explained in detail the political atmosphere of the times when these apparitions occurred. This gave a whole new dimension to the messages and appearances of The Virgin. I found the book very enlightening.
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I have seen the image of Mary in Clearwater, FL. When I was as close to physical death as one can imagine while on a respirator I recalled the image and was able to recover. From this I wanted to read more about instances of her appearance that I had heard of such as Fatima, Portugal and Guadalupe, Mexico. Through reading this book I came to discover that she has appeared in more places I was not familiar with. This is a wonderful book for those who desire to know that we are truly not alone and that a divine presence is protecting us. I liked the straightforward, just the facts, style which may make it more palatable to those who are skeptical. These are all documented apparitions; many before it could be explained away as the result of technology.
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I knew very little about this subject before reading Ingo's book. I learned that these apparitions have been occurring for centuries - the earliest one he covers is from about 1520. He does a fine job of describing the apparitions, the seers, and the response of the church and the public. I find it fascinating that usually the Catholic church tries to ignore or distance itself from these apparitions, and only reluctantly and belatedly acknowledges them, often after trying at first to actively bury them. I wonder why? Perhaps because the messages given are often scathingly critical of the Catholic church authorities. Some who study the subject say that these apparitions are deceptive or demonic in nature. It puzzles me that with a trinity of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, it is the fully human Mary who makes the appearances - go figure! Anyway, this is a fine way to learn more about a fascinating subject, and Ingo's writing is lively and detailed in his descriptions.
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If you have listened to many of his talks, you may find that Ingo tends to ask leading questions rather than providing information directly. I think some of that is because for so long he was under government control and couldn't talk freely so he sort of led people to conclusions without saying them. So what is his point in writing this book?? Don't expect him to tell you, but I would say after reading it that it leads us to ask several questions...
What technology is present in all of these occurrences and what does it suggest about their origin? He spends more time telling us about the glowing figures than exactly what they said. He never gives us his opinion but again and again we appear to be seeing holograms and not even the fancy kind you can now see at a mall in Dubai. The seers being paralyzed also sound a great deal like technology used in UFO encounters, but he doesn't make any comment on that either. He just lays out facts, like the fact that the Virgin didn't realize some of her seers spoke a dialect of French rather than the Parisian version and it took her a while to speak the other tongue...A slight misstep perhaps but a bit ungodly for a deity who has supposedly chosen these children carefully.

What do the messages have in common?
They do seem to have foreknowledge of events involving war and famine...but often years go by before the message is fulfilled. They also claim responsibility for being the "punishing factor" if prayers are not offered. They seldom offer anything in the way of solutions beyond broad generalizations about prayer and turning away from greed which means little to seers who are mostly living in poverty. In many it is as if they sending a message to the church rather than to the people themselves. And then there is the church.
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