Imitating Mary

Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom

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Publication date: April 22, 2013

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In an age of much mothering advice but few admirable role models, award-winning Catholic journalist Marge Fenelon delves into ten instances—and corresponding virtues—of Mary’s life that reveal her as the ultimate example and companion for the modern mom.

In this first and only book to offer Mary’s life as a template for living as a faithful Catholic mother today, the Mother of God is presented as the ideal guide for the vocation of Catholic motherhood. A new addition to the Book series, Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom unpacks Scripture and Catholic tradition to examine ten biblical climaxes, including Mary’s betrothal to Joseph, the Annunciation, the scene at the foot of the Cross, and Pentecost. In these scenes, Marge Fenelon introduces readers to a Mary who faced challenges familiar to every mother—impatience, frustration, sacrifice, and grief—and demonstrates how, in the face of these ordinary obstacles, Mary’s response was an extraordinary example through the virtues of patience, joy, trust, and faith.

About Books

Building on the popularity of Lisa M. Hendey’s The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and her award-winning website, Ave Maria Press is pleased to announce the launch of Books. This series will deal with a variety of family and parenting issues from a thoroughly Catholic perspective and will be a treasury of wisdom from many of Lisa’s well-known and trusted contributors and others.

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594713644

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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  • “Food for the mother’s soul!”

    “Lovely and relevant—Imitating Mary is food for the mother’s soul! Marge Fenelon unpacks Mary’s virtuous role in Scripture and Church tradition and brilliantly puts it in language that modern-day mothers can identify with and readily apply to their lives. Simply beautiful!”

    Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
    Author of Rooted in Love

  • “A beautiful book.”

    “So often we look to Mary as a prayerful companion but gloss over the very real fact that she was a mother who knew all the joys and struggles of raising a child. Marge Fenelon, in her beautiful book Imitating Mary, invites us to experience our moments of motherhood through the prism of our Blessed Mother’s life.”

    Mary DeTurris Poust
    Author of Cravings

  • “THE Mary book moms have been waiting for.”

    Imitating Mary is THE Mary book moms of all stripes have been waiting for, though they might not have known it. Fenelon makes the Blessed Mother into a real person without subtracting any of her amazing qualities. You’ll want to read it, reread it, and share it with every mom you know.”

    Sarah Reinhard
    Author of A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy

  • “Insightful and very practical.”

    “If you’ve ever had trouble relating to the Mary of icons and holy cards, Imitating Mary will give you insightful—and very practical—ways to allow Mary to help you become the best parent you can be.”

    Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
    Author of 365 Mary

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National Catholic Register Book Review
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Ave Maria Radio’s Catholic Connection, with guest host Vanessa Denha-Garma, interviews Marge Steinhage Fenelon.

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