This was a delightful read! A woman is surprised to find that the Virgin Mary has come to visit her for a week, for a rest. It has lots of "Mariology" in it - the author obviously did a lot of research, but I wish it had more in the way of conversations, events and so on. Nevertheless, I'm glad I read it and I really enjoyed it.
The Virgin Mary drops in for a short stay with a present-day writer. I'd have liked the book better if more time had been spent on the interacton between those two, but it was interesting reading about Mary, miracles and female saints.
In this absolutely wonderful read, The Virgin Mary, is just as modern and real as you and I. She does dishes and has a whit and charm about her. She takes baths, washes her hair and wears Nikes and a pony tail. She does her own laundry and makes coffee, and need a place to stay. But the deal is, the home she has decided to spend a week at is the home of an author, and she can tell no one who is in her house. Now this at times can become tempting so Mary will help her with lessons learned by herself on how not to really tell all but to answer a question without telling a lie. This book is great and i very much enjoyed it. Such a unique idea for a fantastic read.
From the back cover: On a Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer goes into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing in front of the fig tree. The woman is wearing a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes and carries a small black suitcase on wheels. She is the Virgin Mary. Invited to stay for lunch, Mary explains that after 2,000 years of petition, adoration, and travelling, she is tired and needs some R & R.
A tender, witty and thought-provoking novel by a Canadian author.
I think this book was well-written and had an interesting angle. However, I found the many very detailed biblical stories to be extremely distracting. I am not a Christian, but generally find the historical references via bible stories to be very interesting. I expected a little more charm from this book, but it just didn't find it.
Reading the cover blurbs I expected to read a charming novel. Instead, I had to slog through the author's verbose self-examination. Some of the Marian history was quite interesting, but having Mary stay at her home for a week apparently inspired nothing but introspection. This book sometimes reads as if the author was trying to write an Important Novel. Of interest only to those wanting to learn more about Mary.
This is a delightful book. After a hard day, this is a refreshing book to come to. Not preachy at all, it reinforces the beauty of Mary in a very real-person way. I'm not a catholic, I'm not a christian, and yet, I found this book a very pleasant and enjoyable read. For those who are Marians, this should be a must-read.
I was a little disappointed in this book. It was okay, but not what I expected. I thought it would be more of a novel type book and it started out that way, but all the history and explanations got to be a bit much for me. I only got about half-way through and lost interest.
I really enjoyed this book. I found the information about Mary and Mary sightings interesting. I'm not a Catholic, nor is the narrator, but found both the narrator and the story interesting. I do wonder why building temples to Mary and praying to her aren't considered worship, in regard to the commandment against worshipping anyone or anything other than God, and plan to read more about that.