Thursday, June 30, 2011

WHOLLY MARY Mother of God

How does being excited about Mary really help us follow Christ?  

This question is found in the first chapter of Chris Padgett's book, WHOLLY MARY,  and he goes on to say, "the more you get excited about Our Lady, the more you'll get excited about being a saint.  And the more you grow in holiness, the more you'll want to know Our Lady."  In fact he asserts, "there are two things we find in the life of every canonized saint.  The first is the important place of the sacraments, and the second is a great love for the Blessed Mother."

We, as Catholics, know this and are raised to honor Mary but this is far from the teachings in the Protestant Churches.  So, why do we love our spiritual mother?  This book explains why the Catholic Church puts a great emphasis on Marian devotion for "Our Lady models best for us what it means to love her son."  Chris Padgett reminds us that "she is waiting for us to get to know her son better and is willing to help us."  What an amazing gift God has given us in Mary!

Chris Padgett compiles all of the information we have on Mary from Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, the Catholic Church, the saints and Marian apparitions throughout history and writes about it in his book.  His writing style is tailored to the average reader and it's concise enough to be be 129 pages long.  You do not need to be a theologian to understand this book!  This is the type of book that has so many nuggets of truth about our faith that you will want to highlight areas that resonate within you.  I read through my copy with a pencil at the ready and used it often.

This treasure trove of a book, is filled with information that will open your eyes to the role Mary has played in our eternal salvation.  If you want to know more about Mary, this is the perfect book to either introduce you to her or to get to know her better.  After reading WHOLLY MARY, I have a new appreciation and understanding of Mary and why I should be excited to know her better in order to follow her son.  I highly recommend it!

Follow this link to learn more about Chris Padgett, the Christian songwriter, musician and speaker.  You can purchase a copy of his book at The Catholic Company  This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit the The Catholic Company to find more information on WHOLLY MAY - Mother of God.  They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible. 

I was given a free copy of this book to review from The Catholic Company, I received no monetary compensation for my review.

May God Richly Bless You Through Mary,


  1. I'm just now catching up on your blog after being away for a week. Wow, that storm sounds brief but fierce. I'm so glad you weren't hurt. I'm sure it was difficult to be without power for a few days. It seems crazy how dependent on electricity we are. I often wonder if we would do better to unplug more and from more than just TV or videos or the internet. I read a book series a while ago about when the world lost power and it really got me thinking about our dependance on electricity to survive. Hope you are having a good summer.

  2. So glad you made it through the storms OK! This book looks amazing and I have never heard of it. I will have to check it out! Thanks!

  3. Blessed Virgin Mary..gentle the superb example for us to imitate!
    She is indeed, very beautiful!!
    Thank you Noreen for linking up and don't worry about being 'late' - the link is left up all week so people can use it whenever they have the time.
    I really appreciate your posts and am so glad you come to my LACE party :-)
    God bless you and have a lovely day..

  4. I'm on my way over to check out the book. It sounds great. Whenever someone writes "You don't have to be a theologian...", it grabs mt attention. ;-D


  5. Thanks for the book review! Have you read True Devotion To Mary? Oh how I love that book...just wonder how they compare? Just saw your comment over at Daily Grace that you have been to Medjugorje. We have that in common as I was blessed with that pilgrimage 2 years ago! Happy Holy Hearts weekend and Ave Maria!

  6. This sounds like a great book. I always enjoy reading books about Mary. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Anne - I kind of enjoyed the quiet from the tv and computer. My son and husband didn't enjoy it as much! It was fun trying to do activities by candle light. Do you recall the name of that book series you mentioned?

    Tracy - thanks for visiting and I would highly recommend reading this book. It's a lot of information packed into it yet not difficult to read. That's the kind of book I like!

    Trish - I've started commenting on other Christian blogs about Mary when they discuss the women of the bible. I never see mention of her... so I add it myself how she is a shining example of obedience to God!

    Holly - lol, I am no theologian and I at times, struggle with some books (Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins) because I feel out of my depth. I can follow the conversation for awhile and then I end up feeling confused. I have to read or listen to their work several times and that was not the case for Chris Padgett's book. I'd love to see one of his presentations.

  8. Tiffany - no, I haven't read True Devotion to Mary but I'd like to. Right now, I'm reading The Visions of the Children - the Apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Medjugorje now. I'm going to post on it today and would love your feedback.

    Jen - I haven't read that many but I'd like too!