Subject: Religious fiction
Publication Date:July 2002
Paperback: 384 pages
What would happen if the Virgin Mary appeared on your doorstep? Would you invite her to stay for lunch?"
Reading this exciting and unique blurb on the back of this book made me reach for my purse at the bookshop.
However, the interaction of Mary with the narrator wasn't as exciting or as revealing as I hoped. But, if you're like me, and you revel in facts, figures and history, this book is right up your alley.
The author, who obviously enjoys making encyclopedic lists, has used a large chunk of the book to describe the lives of Saints, the different appearances that Mary has made on earth and other Catholic trivia. In all fairness to her, I will admit that I learned a lot and enjoyed the process, too. For instance, I didn't know that St. Catherine of Sienna used to frequently suck the pus of lepers! I am sure you didn't either! :)
It is amazing how Mary, who is hardly mentioned more than 8 times in the Bible, has such a large following worldwide. Why are people so drawn to Mary? Do women relate to her because she's a woman? Do parents relate to her because she had a child too? Do children relate to her because she is a mother? I am not sure what her popularity is due to, and the book didn't answer that for me.