Annunciation: A Call to Faith in a Broken World

Annunciation: A Call to Faith in a Broken World

By Sally Read
Product Code: 9781621643029

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Sally Read converted from atheism to Catholicism when
her daughter Flo was only four, yet from the beginning Flo
accompanied her closely—sharing her excitement, discoveries
and passion, yet aware that old friends and family did not
share their beliefs. This consciousness of ‘two worlds’ led to
a great many questions in Flo, and some rebellion—which
culminated two nights before her First Communion in suddenly
questioning whether she should receive the Sacrament
at all.

Sensing the precarious nature of faith in an overwhelmingly
secular world, Read, through meditation and anecdote,
began writing down the compelling reasons for holding onto
both God and Church. Taking the Annunciation as her template
(that most fundamental yes to God), she explores common
experiences of the spiritual life: His presence and invitation
(And he came to her); the fears we have to let go of (Do not
be afraid); the realization of our identity in God (Behold, I am
the handmaid of the Lord) and what our vocation might be (Let
it be to me according to your word); and when God feels very
distant from us (And the angel departed from her).

Drawing on Scripture, lives of the saints, and the lives of
people she has known personally and professionally as a
nurse, Read shows how God is with us always—through suffering,
spiritual dryness and depression, as well as in joyful
and mystical ways. This book was inspired by a mother’s
loving response to a daughter—but what has resulted is
something that will speak to any believer engaged in the
bliss and bewilderment of a relationship with God.

• A beautiful meditation on the Annunciation
to deepen our faith in God and fidelity to his
• A book for all ages, young and old, and esp.
for parents in discussing the faith with their
• A unique work that frames theological truths
within a mother-daughter discussion
• Uses very ordinary examples of faith given
alongside the more extraordinary
• Written in Read’s beautiful poetic style that
uses stories and images to illustrate God’s

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