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I am excited to introduce a new regular feature for the blog: Book Reviews. In the coming weeks I will share books that particularly interest me or that I have been asked to review. The topics cover will include what I typically blog about, including the Church, culture, homeschooling and hospitality, although I reserve the right to throw in a random title here and there. I am looking forward to hearing your feedback on these books or answering questions you may have. Now let’s get to it.
Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis
I have a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary, which I suppose I inherited from my grandmother. Some of earliest memories are listening to her play Immaculate Mary and Ave Maria on the organ and picking snapdragons from her Mary garden. I even went to a school named for Our Lady, and my love and admiration for her has only grown since. So I was delighted to receive a copy of Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis for review.
This book gathers Pope Francis’s most important and inspiring reflections on God’s mother, taken from his own words since becoming the Holy Father. His writing, homilies, prayers, talks and even tweets are windows not only into Mary’s heart, but also into the heart of the pope himself.
I especially like the addition of the tweets from the @Pontifex Twitter account, which serve to remind us that the wisdom and grace of Our Lady is eternal, and still relevant to us in modern times.
This is a sweet little volume (184 pages) and beautifully produced. Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis would make a wonderful gift for someone with a strong Marian devotion or admiration of Pope Francis. The reflections are organized by theme, not chronologically, and are generally quite short, making this a nice choice for a “nightstand book” to provide a small bit of inspiration about Mother Mary first thing in the morning or last thing at night.