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Miracles of Mary: Apparitions, Legends, and Miraculous Works of the Blessed Virgin Mary Hardcover – October, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Story and art often express the religious understandings of humanity better than doctrines and theology. Journalist Durham offers a wonderfully comprehensive collection of narratives and images to provide a multifaceted view of Mary as she has been experienced by humankind through the centuries. Miracles includes 56 stories ranging from the first century to the 1990s, grouped according to various aspects of Mary, such as Our Lady of Peace and Prayer, Lady of Legend and Healing Mary. "The Gospels provide a rough sketch of Mary," says Durham, "and we are left to fill in the details." His book functions similarly: the stories are presented in a straightforward fashion and the art speaks for itself. Believers and non-believers alike may interpret as they choose from this fascinating and varied mosaic; and even it that weren't true, the 60 handsome reproductions of artists' depictions of Mary would make this book well worth having.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Former Life reporter Durham explores the influence of the cult of Mary on culture and religion through a retelling of 60 stories of her miraculous appearances to believers. Each story is stunningly illustrated with paintings, sculptures, or woodcuts from a variety of cultures and time periods. For example, the story of Mary's appearance in a Hawthorne tree in Beauraing, Belgium, in 1932 is set off against Renaissance artist Jacopo Ligozzi's stark drawing of "The Beech Tree of the Madonna at La Verna." Durham's collection reveals the many facets of the Blessed Virgin's personality from the Lady of Peace and Prayer to the Healing Mary. A beautifully rendered book, this is recommended for all collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Yes, as other reviewers have noted, it is a survey only, but the reader who wants to learn more need only Google for more info--I was delighted to learn about scores of appearances of the Blessed Virgin I would never even have known to investigate further, and the 15 or so friends have shared this with feel the same way. When we finish reading a section that we like, we just Google the site, or the visionaries names, for more info. In this way, it truly serves as a sourcebook. (He also gives a great bibliography in back for those who want more in depth reading (which I am planning to use as a purchase guide.)
This book well deserves the five stars it consistently gets. The author, although as others have said is not avowedly religious, keeps his ego entirely out of sight and delights the reader with page after page of heart melting and soul uplifting sweetness.
Regarding Miracles of Mary...I really liked this book, and I will recommend it.