- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Plume; First Printing edition (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452279526
- ISBN-13: 978-0452279520
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,095,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Searching for Mary Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Join Mark Garvey as he journeys across the U.S. (from Conyers, Georgia, to Bayside, New York, to Necedah, Wisconsin) seeking resolution to the mystery shrouding the Marian apparitions of our century. Garvey engages the reader with his first person account and intellectual address of not only the apparition phenomena, but the often mundane people to whom Mary seems so drawn to impart her messages, as well as the modern pilgrims who brave rain, cold, and vast distances for their faith. Garvey's observations are equitably balanced; from one pilgrim's warning that UFOs are the vehicles of the devil's workers to Garvey's personal encounters with spiritual mystery during his expedition, insuring that Searching for Mary is not simple tabloid journalism, but a glimpse into the mystical heritage still clasped in the hearts of some followers of the Catholic faith. -- Brian Patterson
From Publishers Weekly
Thousands of pilgrims flock annually to sites around the world where the Blessed Virgin is purported to have appeared. Garvey, a Catholic, is both skeptical of and fascinated by the reports of these various appearances. In a journalistic travelogue, he reports the words of the various Marys according to their visionaries as well as the words and actions of their devotees. As Garvey reports it, the Blessed Mother is often creative in her manifestations as she appears on water towers in Ohio and corn barns in Georgia. According to Garvey, most Marian apparitions bear little or no resemblance to the Mary of the New Testament. For example, in one of her manifestations, Mary barely manages to restrain her Son's wrath at humankind. From his experience, Garvey concludes: "Like plenty of other religious ideas, fervor for private revelation seems to be less about faith than about control." Because Garvey approaches these apparitions with an evenhanded critical approach, his book is one of the best of the many recently published books on Marian apparitions.
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Would love to read the same author's impressions of the major, "Church-approved" apparition sites at Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima, La Salette, etc.