A Mary Moment Monday post

Late last week, someone emailed me and asked me a question I can’t resist sharing:

Do you have a favourite Mary book that if your good friend just discovered Mary said to you I want to learn more and you would just HAVE to share it with her?

In fact, I do! Not just one, but FOUR.

The Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Liguori

It’s a classic for a reason, and it’s not hard reading, which is what I expected. Maybe I have a good translation, or something, but I really and truly loved this book.

I wrote my thoughts and review of it at the end of this post.

The Reed of Godby Caryll Houselander

Another classic, again for a reason. It’s melodic in its writing and beautiful, plain and simple. Takes you deeper into Mary as a person and as a larger idea, somehow without diminishing anything.

I shared excerpts recently here and here.

Mark Shea’s 3-volume set: Mary, Mother of the Son

Shea is a masterful writer, and he’s so approachable in his writing. He covers the theology in a way that didn’t make my eyes cross and he made me think about so many things I would have never considered before. Absolutely love love LOVE this series. I reviewed the series at CatholicMom.com a while back.

Though these books are currently out of print (a monstrosity and horror, because they are must-reads), I have it on good authority that they will be coming out sometime in a single volume. Don’t worry, I’ll promote it like crazy once I have details!

Mary and the Christian Life, by Amy Welborn

Short, to the point, and wonderful. It’s simply put but deeply thought out. I love it. I raved about it over at CatholicMom.com, and I stand by everything I said there. One of the best Mary books I’ve read. It’s out of print, but available as a free pdf here.

Your turn:

What’s your favorite Mary book? What would you recommend if someone emailed and asked you this question?

**A note about the groovy logo: it’s thanks to Jeff Young and Dorian Speed that I have it. Dorian made a statue of mine into a drawing, and Jeff used that as part of the logo on my author site.