May is the month of Mary, and Mother’s day is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start a book on the Blessed Mother. Here are 7 excellent reads about Mary. Check out the other Seven Quick Takes on This Ain’t The Lyceum.
Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God
by Scott Hahn
Dr. Hahn is one of my favorite living authors (he’s also an amazing speaker if you ever get the chance to see him live!). This book is accessible for a modern audience with only a beginner’s knowledge of Mary.
I appreciate his viewpoint as a former Presbyterian minister. He discusses his own journey to the fullness of Marian doctrine with humor and ease. Dr. Hahn is a brilliant theologian, but also a warm and funny author.
33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration
by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley
Fr. Gaitley spends a week each on the Marian writings of four Saints: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Mother Teresa, and St. John Paul the Great. Then the last five days are a synthesis of everything learned so far. Each day’s readings are no more than a few pages long. All in preparation for consecrating yourself to Jesus through Mary.
This is an immensely popular DIY retreat! Like everything though, it’s better with friends. That’s why I’m hosting a read-along group from May 22- June 24th on Facebook. I love these informal online book clubs. They are an excellent way to keep on track, get answers to questions, and engage with fellow Catholics.
Mary-Virgin, Mother, and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics
By Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Father Mitch set up his book as a walk through Mary’s timeline in the Bible. He begins with the foreshadowing and promises of Mary (the new Eve) in the Old Testament. Then ends with her continued faithfulness and intercession, as a member of the body of Christ. You can read this individually or in a small group.
True Devotion to Mary: with Preparation for Total Consecration
by Louis de Montfort
This book forms the Mariological foundation for “33 Days” above. It has inspired the devotion of countless saints through the centuries.
Most publications use the original and authoritative 1863 English translation. The language is sometimes challenging to follow. But St. Louis wanted his message to be received by farmers and miners as well as kings. St. Louis writes in such a clearly persuasive manner, you can almost hear the words aloud.
The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God
by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Tender and beautiful. The first part of the book, entitled “The woman the world loves,” chronologically covers Mary in the Bible. The second part, “The world the woman loves,” outlines our continued need for Mary’s example and prayers in the world today.
Behold Your Mother – A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines
by Tim Staples
This is definitely a defense! If you feel unprepared for surprise debates others rope you into, then this is the book to study.
Tim Staples is a convert to Catholicism himself. He dismantles the common (and uncommon) objections others have to orthodox Marian doctrine.
The Life of Mary As Seen by the Mystics
by Raphael Brown
A reprint from the 1950s, this book draws on the private revelations of four mystics: St. Elizabeth of Schönau, St. Bridget of Sweden, Ven. Mary of Agreda, and Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.
The author weaves them together into a chronological narrative of Mary’s life. It is intended to be “read as a religious novel, not a fifth Gospel,” as the foreword states.
The Church holds that public revelation ended with the death of the last apostle. When a mystic claims to have received visions or apparitions, their claims are tested against what is already known. Nothing can be added to the deposit of faith. These private revelations can greatly inspire true, pious devotion to God.
Love this list! I haven’t read the Scott Hahn book yet, but I think I need to add it to my pile.
I have been working may way through _Mary the Second Eve_, a thin little pamphlet compiling John Henry Newman’s writing on Mary, but it’s very dense so I am enjoying it slowly.
What a great list! These are some of my favorites, too! How about adding my new book “Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World” (TAN, 2017)? I think you would enjoy it! 🙂
It’s already on my kindle, Jean! I’ve heard such great things about your book. This is the year to read it with the centennial of Our Lady’s apparitions!
That’s wonderful, Lorelei! Thank you for your kind words. Would you be willing to post a short review on Amazon? If you happen to post on 7 Must-Reads on Our Lady’s Apparitions, will please consider including it on that list? Thank you again for reading it! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 God bless you!