Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication Date: 2015-10-16
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In Word by Word, popular Catholic author Sarah Reinhard compiled an accessible, profound, and unique meditation on each word of the Hail Mary, one of the most important prayer traditions in Catholic life. Each of the forty reflections encourages readers to "slow down" with the Hail Mary and experience previously unseen dimension in the popular devotion, making it come to life in a new way. This unique, formative, and informative exploration of the beloved prayer is a gift to anyone who wants to be continually changed through it--learning to slow down and examine things more closely.
The book is based on a blog series Reinhard facilitated with popular Catholic writers and social media experts, including Lisa M. Hendey, Brandon Vogt, Paula Huston, Kate Wicker, Pat Gohn, Kevin Lowry, Lisa Mladinich, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Fr. Patrick Toner, and Jeff Young.
"Such a simple concept written so beautifully well. Slow down, read a few pages, and find yourself pulled into a closer and more authentic relationship with Mary the Mother of God." --Danielle Bean, Publisher of Catholic Digest, Coauthor of Small Steps for Catholic Moms
"This is a wonderful book, prayer guide, homage to the Blessed Mother, and a gift I plan to give all of my friends this year. Well done, Sarah Reinhard!" --Randy Hain, Author of Journey to Heaven, Cofounder of the Integrated Catholic Life
"Reading Word by Word is like participating in a warm, honest, faith-sharing session among good friends. A marvelous way to enter into more intimate communion with the Blessed Mother, which means, ultimately, gazing more deeply into the face of her Son." --Amy Welborn, Author of Wish You Were Here
"As a cradle Catholic who has at times taken our beautiful prayers for granted, Word by Word caused me to stop, think, and really reflect on who our Blessed Mother is and the important role she plays in bringing us and keeping us close to Jesus." --Teresa Tomeo, EWTN host and bestselling author of Extreme Makeover
Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mother, and writer living in Ohio. She writes at SnoringScholar.com in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. A convert to Catholicism, she's still learning what to do and when to do it, and she struggles (like so many others) with keeping sight of her faith in the midst of everyday life.
This amazing book takes the prayer of the Hail Mary and breaks it down word by word. I must say it was an amazing journey and one I plan on taking again. I know I will reread this book likely a number of times!
This book was wonderful. Unlike most books I read it slowly over a few weeks and have already gone back and started it again. It is an excellent read and I highly recommend it!