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Catholic for a Reason II: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mother of God (Catholic for a Reason #2)

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Mary?who is this hidden and humble woman? Her ?yes? to God's plan changed the world forever; yet for many, this quiet Mother remains a controversial and ambiguous figure. Catholic for a Reason II explores the mystery of Mary, the Mother of God, through the personal study and reflection of nine well-known Catholics?Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Tim Gray, Curtis Martin, Kimberly ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 227 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Emmaus Road Publishing (first published December 31st 1998)
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The most interesting aspect of this book for me was the biblical citations, particularly the places where they tied Old Testament prophesy to the new Testament regarding Mary.

The intended audience?? Probably not Protestants, as for every citation which Catholics (in particular the authors; each chapter has a different writer) point to regarding Marian dogma will be refuted with a different verse. And devout Catholics won't need justification, although it might allow some the opportunity to conte
I liked some of the essays here more than others (to the point of eyes glazing over for a couple, and deciding that life is too short). However! I have a feeling that I may give those eye-glazers another chance at some point in the future.

I hadn't read Scott Hahn before. He and his wife, Kimberly Hahn, are former evangelicals converted to Catholicism, and in the first essay in the book, Scott Hahn describes how Mary was a stumbling block for him in becoming Catholic, and how he overcame that in
This book might be interesting to Protestants, our that very rare animal, the Catholic theology nerd.For me it was tedious and wordy. It was overly technical and needlessly referenced.

This book was about Mary, and answers to common misconceptions and criticisms of her in Catholic teaching. With a subject that could be so interesting and filled with such love, I was fortified to find instead the same annoying religious buzzwords and archaic speech that makes me roll my eyes at evangelicals being
Of the 11 chapters in this book I would only recommend 3 or 4. If one already holds the Catholic view of Mary maybe the other 7-8 chapters will increase ones understanding of who Mary is in the grand scheme of things, but I do not think they are convincing reasons to hold the Catholic position on Mary. I read this book previously and had a similar response, but thought that now that I was looking at it from a new perspective things might have been better, but they were not.
Won this off Goodreads. Raised a Baptist, and now a Catholic convert, this book, and I believe no book, will ever be able to justify the reason to pray to Mary for intercession, or raise her to the hieghts that Catholics do. The book posed great protestant questions but failed to ,ultimately, answer equally those questions with scripture and sound reason. Telling me a treatise from a Saint or what the Pope says etc.. is not sound reason to win me over to the Marian sewing circle.
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

This book had great mini-essays. Some of them were great and had engaging explanations about Marian devotion, while others seemed to stray off a bit and made me wonder why they were in a book about Mary. Overall, I think it gave a good look at why we as Catholics refer to Mary as our Mother and the Mother of God.
Dec 25, 2009 Erik marked it as to-read
Listed by Patrick Madrid in the Reading Plan of Search and Rescue in Phase 2 (Intermediate).
Redundant in a lot of places, but overall a good book.
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Leon Suprenant is the former president of Catholics United for the Faith. He now works for My Catholic Faith Delivered, a comprehensive, authentically Catholic, interactive online learning center based in the Kansas City area.
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