Walking With Mary by Edward Sri

Book review:    

Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross

by Edward Sri

Format: Hardcover
Price: $21.00

Various ebook forms  found here.

Publisher's blurb:           
Mary appears only a few times in the Bible, but those few passages come at crucial moments. Catholics believe that Mary is the ever-virgin Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. But she also was a human being--a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and uncertainties and endured her share of suffering. Even with her unique graces and vocation, Mary remains a woman we can relate to and from whom we have much to learn. In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri looks at the crucial passages in the Bible concerning Mary and offers insight about the Blessed Mother's faith and devotion that we can apply in our daily lives. We follow her step-by-step through the New Testament account of her life, reflecting on what the Scriptures tell us about how she responded to the dramatic events unfolding around her. “This book is the fruit of my personal journey of studying Mary through the Scriptures, from her initial calling in Nazareth to her painful experience at the cross,” writes Edward Sri “It is intended to be a highly readable, accessible work that draws on wisdom from the Catholic tradition, recent popes, and biblical scholars of a variety of perspectives and traditions. With the riches of these insights, we will ponder what her journey of faith may have been like in order to draw out spiritual lessons for our own walk with God.” He add, “It is my hope, therefore, that whether you are of a Catholic, Protestant, or other faith background, this book may help you to know, understand, and love Mary more, and that it may inspire you to walk in her footsteps as a faithful disciple of the Lord in your own pilgrimage of faith.”     Publisher's source

My review:

I heard Edward Sri speak a year or so ago, at a near by church, and I was really affected by his honest and heart felt words, but more importantly, I loved that with all of his education and his degrees, that he was just a regular guy!  He spoke to us as if we were all his friends and that made his message so easy to understand!  He was so down to earth and so darn funny!  He related to us all, with his bits about his kids and family life,  so that as he educated us in the teachings of the Bible, we learned without realizing it!  So when I first heard that he was writing a book about Mary??   I was so excited!! I knew this man speaks from his heart and Dr. Sri did not let us down!

What he does in his lectures and talks is exactly what he does in his new book, WALKING WITH MARY. Starting on the first page, he makes Mary an approachable young woman, he helps you to see her as a person, a human being and a young woman in an extraordinary position!  She said "yes" to God.  And will now raise the Savior of the world. 

Mary is only mentioned in the Bible a handful of times, but they are very important times! Because I'm fascinated by the way the New Testament fulfills the prophesies of the Old Testament, I am thrilled that Dr. Sri has tied so many readings together with Mary! Of course my favorite event reported in the New Testament is the wedding at Cana!  And Dr. Sri has given us so much to think about, what events took place there and why.

I highly recommend WALKING WITH MARY, Catholic or not, I think people will be interested in reading about her journey!  It's well written, structured perfectly and very, very readable for any reader. I hope that after people have read it, that it will make them too, ponder Mary and her choices, who her child is and what her life was like. 


**This book was provided to me by the publisher, Image Books through Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. 

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About the author:

Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN and is the author of several well-loved Catholic books. He is a founding leader, with Curtis Martin, of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and he currently serves as vice president of mission and outreach and professor of theology and scripture at the Augustine Institute master's program in Denver, Colorado. Sri holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He resides with his wife, Elizabeth, and their six children in Littleton, Colorado.

**This book was provided to me by the publisher, Image Books through Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. 

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