Books About Mary

The Secret Life of Bees
By Sue Monk Kidd; This moving novel traces a young girl's journey into womanhood. She escapes her abusive father by finding a strong community of women who honor Our Lady of Chains, a Black Madonna. Set in the South during the age of Civil Rights.

Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship
by Diane Schoemperlen; What would you do if Mother Mary showed up in your living room one day and asked to stay for a week? This book presents a reverent but down to earth view of Our Lady. "Virtually everything that's been said about me has become true," Mary tells the writer she befriends. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time!

Mary the Blessed Virgin of Islam
By Aliah Schleifer; A look at the special role that Muslims give to Miriam. An enlightening read!

In Search of Mary: The Woman and the Symbol
by Sally Cunneen; Cunneen seeks to unravel the complex tapestry surrounding Mary as the historical woman of Nazareeth, the Virgin and Mother elevated by the church, the hidden Black Madonna, and the Feminine Divine who influences the lives of women and men today.

365 Mary : A Daily Guide to Mary's Wisdom and Comfort
by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker; A wonderful meditation book that focuses on integrating Mary into our daily lives. Written from a liberal Christian point of view, this book doesn't always match my personal worldview, but I have been enjoying it nonetheless!

Praying with Mary : Sacred Prayers to the Blessed Mother for All Occasions
by Janice T. Connell ; Throughout history we have looked to Mary for hope, solace, and guidance, and she has become the champion of the desperate, the weak, and the poor with magnificent prayers from around the world dedicated to her.

Circle of Mysteries : The Women's Rosary Book
By Christin Lore Weber ; (One reviewer writes) As a Christo-Pagan, I found it especially moving, since there are very few books which express profound mysteries in language and imagery which honors both the Christian and Pagan paths.

Mary: Shadow of Grace
By Megan McKenna; A devotional book containing stories and discussion of Mary's shadow side.

The Cult of the Black Virgin
By Ean Begg; The first scholar to document the existence of Black Virgins and to tie their origins to earlier Goddesses.

Longing for Darkness
By China Galland; The true story of a woman's search for the divine feminine in the form of the Black Madonna. The author investigates the meaning of darkness in divine images of the east and west.

Gifts of Grace: A Gathering of Personal Encounters with the Virgin Mary
By Lone Jensen; Powerfully written accounts of little-know apparitions to ordinary people across the borders of country, race, and religion. Wonderful bedside reading.

Meetings with Mary: Visions of The Blessed Mother
By Janice T. Connell; A comprehensive guide to the best-known apparitions of Mary, around the world, through the centuries.

Shrines of Our Lady: A Guide to the World's Most Famous Shrines
by Father Peter Mullen; Shrines featured in the text include Walsingham, Knock, Lourdes, Medjugorge, Mount Carmel, Fatima, Monserrat and Candelaria. There are also paintings, poems, hymns and extracts from literature about Mary.

Miracles of Mary: Apparitions, Legends, and Miraculous Works of the Blessed Virgin
By Michael S. Durham; A beautiful art book filled with gorgeous color renderings of Mary, ancient and modern; also includes a delicious sampling of legends and beliefs about Our Lady from around the world, throughout the ages.

Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of Virgin Mary
By Marina Warner; An easy-to-read scholarly resource written by a former Catholic. A bit on the critical side, but contains a wealth of information.

Dictionary of Mary
by Catholic Book Publishers; The ultimate guide to all things Mary as defined by the Catholic Church. Includes prayers, litanies, doctrines, and history. A very useful and interesting book for all Mary devotees.

Catholic Customs and Traditions : A Popular Guide
By Greg Dues; An easy-to-read catalog with relevant information on Mary and the history of the church. A handy reference for all who are interested in this subject.

Mary, Mother of All Nations: Reflections
By Megan McKenna; A beautiful book containing 31 full colour icons with reflections upon each one.

Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in History and Culture
By Jaroslav Pelikan; An objective, academic overview written by a Yale scholar.

The World's Great Madonnas: An Anthology of Pictures, Poetry, Music, and Stories Centering in the Life of the Madonna and Her Son.
By Cynthia Pearl Maus (Out of Print; Try your library). The title says it all!

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