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Mary Mother of God
by Chris O'Donnell
A short book of 40 contemplations on Mary each starting with a one line quote. The quotes are taken from a variety of Church sources and Vatican documents, and then looking at what these really mean and how they help embody Mary in and to the world.
Though this is not a Lent book in any way, with its structure of 40 mostly single page contemplations it almost certainly could be used as one for someone looking to step out a little from the usual studies and instead focus on the mother of Jesus, the woman who bore 'God' and ultimately watched him die as a sacrifice for the world, for us and for her. This could be heady stuff if used in such a way.
However, if that is a bit much for you then this is still a good book to look at. If Marian theology is not really your thing this might well be an easy way to gain an understanding of what it is and how it works, and if you already have a devotion to Mary then this book can be a wonderful contemplative aid to looking closer.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (28/01/13)