Mary, Mother of the Son takes the reader on a tour de force exploration of the Marian dimension of Catholic thought, life, prayer, and practice.
In Part I: Modern Myths and Ancient Truth you discover the fascinating way in which Mary emerges with profundity, beauty, and love from the pages of Scripture in the light of apostolic teaching. You probe how the gospel of Christ crowns and perfects, not only the Old Testament, but the deepest insights of the great non-Christian philosophies, religions, and myths. You learn how to read the Bible as the earliest Christians did and find out how Mary safeguards the deepest truths about Christ and his Church.
In Part II: First Guardian of the Faith you will learn about the biblical and apostolic roots of Mary’s title as Theotokos; as well as her Perpetual Virginity, Immaculate Conception, and Assumption into heaven. In addition, you will discover the astonishing relevance each of these teachings has, not only for the Christian believer, but for the twenty-first century as it comes to grips with such questions as the dignity, origin, and destiny of the human person.
In Part III: Miracles, Devotions, and Motherhood you will explore the devotional life of the Church: a life which includes not only the worship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but the communion of saints, the holy rosary, the mysteries of private revelation and Mary’s God-given role as mother of all who believe in Christ.
“Mark Shea has written the single most helpful book on Sacred Tradition written in our generation. In other books he has illumined the reading of Scripture and the worship of the Eucharist. Now, in Mary, Mother of the Son, he takes us to the summit of creation, the Ark of the New Covenant, the true tabernacle of the Lord. To read this book is to love Christ as a brother, by honoring the mother he shares with us” (John 19:27).
—Scott Hahn, Ph.D., Professor of Scripture and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Author, Hail, Holy Queen
“Mark Shea’s Mary, Mother of the Son is a comprehensive and engaging treatment of the Church’s teaching on Mary. A skilled writer, he renders complexities with simplicity without diluting them in the least. His own past experience as an Evangelical Christian and now Catholic enable him to offer helpful and thorough answers to the most common—and uncommon—questions readers from any background might have about Mary.”
—Amy Welborn; Author, Mary and the Christian Life