A memoir of one woman's search for faith and meaning. Beverly Donofrio finds herself collecting Virgin Mary memorabilia, which turns into a faith journey. As a Catholic, I can't say that I agree with all of her conclusions, but at the same time, it is a very honest, funny, and sometimes harsh personal story of growing in faith and understanding.
I picked this book up because this is how I was brought back to the church. First a little old sad Mary statue here, an old framed print there, a broken rosary in the thrift shop, books on praying the rosary, on and on and on. Eventually people looked at my growing Mary and kitschy Catholic collection wondering what was wrong with me, thinking I was "getting Jesus". Turns out I was. It took a few years but now I realize Mary brought be back to the church. I totally get this book. I could have written some of it myself.
Unlike the author, I am a convert. The humor is that I married a guy who ended up in the Diaconate and I'm teaching RCIA now! God does have a sense of humour! I well remember my concern with the teachings on Mary. I think this is book would be great for anyone experiencing those doubts. Mary is MOM to me now. The search by the author was what I also went through. THe book is not going to ever have an Imprimator, because there are something that the author expresses that are her own viewpoints and not of the Church. But it's a SEARCH and the miracle is that her prayers are answered and she too ends up with another Mom.
A very moving commentary on Mary and how an understanding of her can enrich one's life. It is not so much a book that one reads from cover to cover and is enriched by it, accordingly. But it is possible to pick it up and read a few paragraphs, ponder them and feel better,regardless of religious affiliation.