During my conversion on my way into the Catholic Church it included a period of time during my initial fervor when I only listened to Christian music. I had some silly justifications for this, but I don’t regret this phase as I found some good bands* that I enjoy to this day. During this time I became aware of a band called Scarecrow and Tinmen which I enjoyed as the lead singer Chris Padgett has a kind of voice I enjoy that would have suited him well if he was in a Progressive Rock band. Listening one day to Joanne Benkovic’s radio show I was surprised to hear Chris Padgett on the show as he described not only his conversion to the Catholic Church, but fellow band members also. A Rather interesting story as the band came into contact with the Catholic faith while touring and occasionally playing Catholic venues. Christ Padgett now has a solo career and I still enjoys his music.
I mention this because he has written a new book called Wholly Mary: Mother of God which I received for review. So do we need another book on Mary by an ex-Protestant? Well I say the more the Mary. This is a medium size book that talks more about Mary than attempting to be purely an apologetic source, though there is apologetics material contained within. It is written with a light touch of humor and is quite accessible in regards to understanding the points Chris makes.
I also liked the fact that in writing about Mary he really makes the book about her pretty and does not intrude his own conversion story and coming to have a devotion to Mary out of it. There is certainly plenty of room for books that do that, but I liked the approach. That being said I certainly would like to see a book on his conversion story. The part of the book I really enjoyed was his section on the Family Rosary and general tips regarding starting the process and the difficulties sometimes involved.
This is a nice general introduction to devotion to Mary that covers most of the important topics up to and including the Church’s teaching about Marian apparitions.
*When it comes to Christian music I invoke Sturgeon’s Law. SF Writer Theodore Sturgeon law regarded the fact that 90% of SF is crud, but also that 90% of everything is crud.
I see this is a paperback. Are there any plans to release this to the Kindle or Nook? I’d prefer the Nook, as I have one.
So do we need another book on Mary by an ex-Protestant?
If “The part of the book I really enjoyed was his section on the Family Rosary and general tips regarding starting the process and the difficulties sometimes involved”., the book is OK.
But if the book is the sheep skin of a fat WOLF (check an obese blogger), whose aim is to undermine the staggering, masive 30 million Sacramental Reconciliations, FRUIT of Mary’s love in Medjugorje (if the seers bocome sinners like we all, does not alter this fruit), we can say is not OK.
Do we need another book on Mary by an ex-Protestant? I don’t know. Most Catholic books written after 1950 are crap but I’m very happy to see an ex Protestant.