So this is my second guest post/review. I had signed up to do some book reviews with a couple of publishing companies. This would have been fun and great however everyone sent me their books at the same time and there was no way I would be able to read and write reviews on time for all of them. This book in particular I wanted to give a fair view and take time to read; as I don’t know much about Catholicism this would be to hard to do in a short time, so I found a friend who is Catholic and has studied much.
Thank you to C.C. Evans for taking the time to read this book and writing a very well written review. The book up for review today is “Meet Mary- Getting to Know the Mother of God” by Mark Miravalle.
“Although written by a highly-educated college professor, and mariologist, “Meet Mary” will appeal to casual readers, and would be useful for a high school youth group. It’s clear and concise – only 87 pages (120 including the introduction, appendix and end-notes).
“Meet Mary” has five chapters focusing on: Mary in scripture and history, the four Marian dogmas, Mary’s motherhood, Marian devotion and Marian apparitions. Although packed with facts, the main focus is relational. Since understanding is important to belief, the details don’t detract from explaining the heart of Mary – making this book both theological and devotional.
This book should be read by all people; as the author explains in his introduction, Mary is important to all people, not just Christians and certainly not just Catholics. Readers who are not Christian will appreciate his tone – which focuses on explanation rather than conversion. Non-Catholics will find the scriptural, historical and dogmatic details robust enough to answer many questions. Note that books like Dr. Miravalle’s “Introduction to Mary” would provide a more thorough apologetic (written at an undergraduate level). Catholic readers will enjoy the sound representation of Catholic belief and devotion, and all Christians will like the Christocentric tone, “Devotion to Mary never ends with Mary. It’s proper end is always Christ” (pp. 63, 64).”
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received this book for free from Sophia Institute Press for reviewing purposes. This post reflects C.C. Evans opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.