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Blessed among women : encounters with Mary and her message
Sparrow, Gregory Scott.
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First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Three Rivers Press, 1998.

Physical Description:
xvi, 284 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Originally published: New York : Harmony Books, c1997.
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Encounters with Mary, the mother of Jesus, are occurring frequently today among ordinary people of varying religions. What do these visions of the feminine Divine mean, not only for the visionaries, but for people who have not experienced them?          Blessed Among Women recounts first-person, dramatic, true stories of people's encounters with Mary and discusses their significance in ways that will inspire people of all spiritual backgrounds. Dr. G. Scott Sparrow, who has had his own encounters with Mary, offers spiritual and psychological interpretations of Marian encounters and explains why they are relevant to everyone's life. His absorbing commentary provides a historical context for these profound experiences and teaches readers how to get in touch with Mary's inspiring directives, her presence and energy.          Whether these experiences take place in the city or countryside, in the sanctuary of dreams or during moments of indecision, emotional turmoil, illness, or even joy, they all resemble one another in a central way: Each dramatically transforms the course of the seer's life and unleashes an inner strength and a renewed sense of faith, compassion, and caring.

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Booklist Review

From Lourdes to Fatima to today's Medjugorje, apparitions of the Virgin Mary have given solace to the faithful. But not all visitations from the mother of God are as dramatic as the sun-spinning alchemical extravaganzas that have made Marian apparition sites centers of pilgrimage and devotion. For most people, Mary's appearance is far simpler, though no less meaningful. Whether in dreams or in waking visions, the Virgin offers the embrace of unconditional love. Sparrow intertwines the narratives of ordinary people's encounters with Mary with his own discovery of the Virgin's power. As a non-Catholic, Sparrow did not find the search an easy one, but the power and kindliness he encountered at last made a believer of him--if not in a specific religious tradition, at least in the reality of the feminine force called Mary. --Patricia Monaghan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sparrow, a Protestant psychologist, takes a personal approach to understanding the importance of Mary in the lives of Christians today. His own visions of Mary led him to collect and interpret over 50 accounts of encounters with the Holy Mother. According to Sparrow, Mary has appeared mostly to Roman Catholic women, often when they were children. Their visions and dreams of a bright light or of the actual figure of Mary often occur in silence, but these encounters communicate a strong feeling of love and peace. Many visionaries also claim that Mary healed them or left some other tangible proof of her presence, such as a rosary or a scapular. Sparrow suggests that Mary often appears at times of great suffering‘and, although she doesn't end the suffering, her presence helps people bear it. For non-Catholics, Sparrow includes accounts of the famous appearances of Mary at Lourdes and at Knock, as well as instructions for praying the rosary. Sparrow (I Am with You Always: True Stories of Encounters with Jesus) has written another provocative book that will appeal to many pilgrims on their spiritual journeys. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Swann (Your Nostrodamus Factor, S. & S., 1993) investigates recorded apparitions of Mary, from a vision in Guadalupe, Mexico, in 1531 to the one in Rwanda in 1981-83. Swann uses holography and other scientific theories in an attempt to explain these apparitions, but he is even more interested in their message to the world, a message about the need to pray for world peace, avoid violence, and honor the more stereotypically feminine virtues. These great apparitions have, according to Swann, prophetic power and warning. He believes that a new apparition is overdue because during the modern period they "have occurred on an average of about every ten years or so." Similarly, Sparrow, a psychotherapist and Methodist who has had visions of Mary, retells the stories of some 50 encounters with Mary by other people. He interprets these messages as challenges that lead toward conversion on a personal level and provide comfort. The two books are complementary: the great visions with public messages and the little visions with private messages will inspire not only Roman Catholics but also those concerned with cultivating positive feminine images and values from a fairly traditional stance. Recommended for public libraries.‘Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.