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Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God Paperback – January 18, 2008
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A page turner as warm and touching as a cup of hot apple cider in the winter. Mary and Me connects readers not only with real-life stories of modern women but also with the Mary intimately working in their lives. An engaging alternative to trite and saccharine images of Mary. --Mike Hayes, founder, BustedHalo website, and author, Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in Their 20s and 30s.
Moyer takes us on a journey of the heart. We are invited to reflect on our own experience of Mary the woman with a thousand faces and a thousand titles whose influence is at once universal and deeply personal. --Denise Roy, author, My Monastery Is a Minivan and Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace
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In "Mary and Me" Moyer collects the stories of more than forty women and weaves them into a compelling walk into a deeper relationship with Jesus' mom. Sure there are a lot of books about Mary, but Moyer takes a unique and very compelling approach here that really makes this book accessible to a much wider audience. This book is first and foremost a story about women's struggles and triumphs in coming to know the Mother of God. At the same time, these women share with us their journeys into faith, and Moyer invites us to walk with them.
Moyer arranges the stories around different moments of Mary's life (Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, etc.) and themes (intercessor, apparitions, celebrations, etc.). My favorite chapter was on the Visitation because it raised so many insights that I had never really explored. Here's a quick quote to give you a taste: "What a relief each of them [Mary and Elizabeth] must have felt to be with another woman, one who could not only understand the physical experience of pregnancy, but who could marvel in the power that made it all possible. Two women, one too old to conceive, the other still a virgin, both expecting a child--that's the kind of experience that needs to be processed, shared, analyzed, and, most of all, celebrated. But before the celebration comes the journey: Mary's journey into community" (pp 22-23). Moyer goes on to share several stories of journey and community including the one from a Dominican Sister who tells of the community that rallied around them after a fire destroyed their motherhouse.Read more ›
In my world, there's a huge value to things that make me consider life differently. I don't always agree with the things that force my different perspective, but I do value them. It's one of the reasons why I so value my relationships with the friends in my life I can disagree with without the tingling in my scalp that signals anger and frustration.
I found this sort of value in Mary and Me. I also found new insight into the role of the Blessed Mother in my own life.
Consider suffering, for example - I often turn to Mary when I'm in pain, but I have only ever been able to articulate it vaguely. "Well, she was at the foot of the Cross," I'll reason in my head...and though I know that wasn't an easy thing to do, it seems sort of lame.
This book is one I'll lend out, though, be assured I'll be keeping track of who has it, because I know I'll be turning back to it. It's also the sort of book I'll be purchasing for friends...because I can think of quite a few women who need the wisdom, comfort, and insight that's included. You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate that God's mom loves you. You don't have to be a "Mary freak" to smile at the company of another woman's shoulder in times of challenge and pain. You don't have to be a big reader to make it through this relatively short book.
While solidly based in the Catholic faith tradition, the book does not have a theological agenda. Moyer fully and clearly explains spiritual terms and Biblical stories, making the book accessible to a wide range of readers. Her language is fresh and lively and the personal stories are moving; in fact, I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting.
Moyer has asked an honest question of real women: "What has Mary meant to you?" She has not used the interviews to argue a point; rather, she has gathered the stories, listened to their messages, and let the stories themselves decide the structure, form, and message of the book.
The Mary that emerges is rich and complex. The Mary that women come to know through the challenges, traumas, and joys of their lives is not the beatific image of the Renaissance portraits. As one women says, "She is a strong-willed, courageous women who defied convention and did the will of God." Another says, "Mary was a human being, a real women, a mother and a mother who suffered the ultimate loss."
The women who Moyer interviews share their most intimate stories: abusive parents, career crises, health issues, lost loves. And Moyers presents the tales of spiritual struggle and transformation with great tenderness and respect. In many places, I found myself moved to tears.
Moyer's language is snappy and appealing; at the same time, she masterfully transitions between her personal stories and analysis and the voices of the women she has interviewed. The two blend seamlessly.
Mary and Me is a satisfying, entertaining, touching, enriching read.
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Being a cradle Catholic, Mary was always a presence in my life. But for all the pretty porcelain statues, I never exactly felt I could relate to her. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Susan