Turn the pages of Of Men and Mary, and you will find yourself surprisingly inspired by a murderer locked up in prison, a drug-using football player who dreamed of the pros, and a selfish, womanizing dare-devil who died and met God. You will root for a husband and father whose marriage was a battleground, a homosexual man searching desperately to belong, and an innocent lamb who lost, in a single moment, everyone he cared about most. And you will rejoice that their sins and their pasts were no obstacle for heaven. All of these men became living beacons of hope, walking proof of the triumph of the human spirit over darkness.
In the heat of the fiercest of spiritual battles, when all seemed lost and these men were left with nothing to stand on but stormy seas, they were given a lifeboat, a new path in life—one that they never dreamed of, not for an instant. They were pulled in a different direction that, at first, they didn’t want, and then at last, they loved. In the boat of safety, they sailed with sure victory into breathtaking, unknown vistas. Some became priests—one, a deacon, and two have since reached their eternal shore.
This book exposes the inner lives of six remarkable men: their private guilt, masked pain, secret hopes and loves—things they normally do not share, but perhaps with one human being. Yet, by the prompting of the Holy Spirit, they have openly revealed to us what most men never do: their souls. We have the privilege of experiencing the exciting, exotic, and even intoxicating strength and vulnerability that exist within their hearts.
While this book may be about six males, it is for everyone, because it is also a book about a woman. That woman is the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the boat of safety for all of us, the surest and safest passage to the heart of her Son. She is our victory and sweet reassurance that God’s plan is infinitely better than our own; and she is our challenge to follow her Son, no matter the cost, no matter how fierce the battle. Read the stories of these brave men, and you will inevitably come away with a desire to climb in the boat with them and sail safely home.
Please note that the stories in this book contain graphic content that some may find disturbing. Reader's discretion is advised.
Paperback, 178 pages.
Of Men and Mary is superb. The six life testimonies contained within it are miraculous, heroic, and truly inspiring. They illustrate the reality of divine grace of Jesus through Mary and the triumph of the human will for good over evil, light over darkness. Of Men and Mary is an injection of hope in a historical time when it is so essential to spiritually thrive.
Fr. Gary Thomas, Pastor, exorcist, and subject of the book and movie, The Rite.
Of Men and Mary presents the awe-inspiring stories of six men whose lives were changed - and manhood healed - when they entrusted their lives to Mary, the ship of treasures. This book is anointed!
I was deeply moved by this beautiful book. There is an anointing upon it: the Spirit of God radiates through its words. . . It is the kind of book you will want to give out to people, especially those in need of hope. I plan to share this tremendous work with many through the years.
Br. Daniel Maria Klimek, T.O.R., Assistant Professor, Theology Department, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio
This book is a treasure. It perfectly relays Our Lady's messages in Medjugorje without preaching. May all those who read it be blessed and changed by the testimonies within its covers.
Sr. Emmanuel Maillard, author of Scandalous Mercy: When God Goes Beyond Boundaries
This life-changing book made me laugh and cry from the start. . . Reading it reminded me of the miracles I experienced in Medjugorje and the active role Mary has played in my life. This memorable book has given me a spiritual "shot in the arm" and a resurgence of love for Our Lady, Queen of Peace, and the messages of Medjugorje. A must-read for all!
Gretchen Harris, Catholic Recording Artist
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm