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Born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, Mother Angelica was abandoned by her father and raised in poverty by a mother who suffered suicidal depressions. Awakened to the power of prayer, at age 21 Rita vowed to dedicate her life to God and become a cloistered nun. She expected to spend her life hidden from the world. But Rita's faith compelled her to unlikely endeavors, accomplishing what the highest echelon of the Catholic Church could not.

This engrossing biography traces Mother Angelica's tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, inside and outside of her church. It is an inspiring story of survival and proof that one woman's faith can move more than mountains.

©2005 Raymond Arroyo (P)2005 St. Anthony Messenger Press

Critic Reviews

"In Raymond Arroyo's entertaining Mother Angelica, she emerges as a daring entrepreneur who really did do it all for God." ( Wall Street Journal)
"Mother Angelica...may well be the patron saint of CEOs. Buy this book and be inspired." (Lee Iacocca)
"A rattling good story of fear, faith, courage and bulldog tenacity--beautifully told." (George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II)

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Sainthood forthcoming

Compelling story of true faith that God shall provide. I especially liked the fact Mother never worked with a budget because it it would limit her donations. Simply amazing how all of Mothers projects like launching two international media entities ( cable station EWTN and radio WEWN) without one dime from the church then go onto to build a 50 million dollar monastery in Alabama of all places!

I admire her tenacity to stand up to US bishops and how she refused to give up her devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. Honestly Mother Angelica was a modern day disciple of Christ. Hearing her story is truly faith confirming to me as a recent RCIA and Extraordinary Minister student. She exemplifies what it means to evangelize and devote your life to Jesus.

A trip to Alabama is on my bucket list because of her story. Thank you Mother for all you've done to preserve the first church of Christ.

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Hard to put down!

Great book, fun quotes and narration. Amazing stories within the story. A triumph of a tale!

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Absolutely love this book!

I had my doubts about Raymond Arroyo as the narrator; however, he does a splendid impersonation of Mother Angelica. I simply cannot recommend this enough. If you haven’t read Mother Angela’s story you cannot pass up the opportunity to listen to the audio format.

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Angeles

It's 1:31am and I've just finished this wonderful book. Being disabled and in bed almost all the time now, not much holds my attention anymore. I began listening to EWTN when St John Paul II passed. That night I decided to become Catholic and I've never looked back. My mom passed from lung cancer in 1994 and Mother Angelica became my "mom" and one of my angels. I began watching Raymond Arroyo when I accidentally turned and he was interviewing a mother who's son was very I'll with a horrible, debilitating disease that took the lives of his three siblings. I ordered the book the next day. Long story short, I've never cried so much in my life as I have since becoming Catholic and now I realize that after reading/listening to this wonderfully narrated book that there are two angels involved here. Mother Angelica and Raymond Arroyo. Thank you Mr Arroyo for writing such a magnificent story about whom I believe will one day be a saint. Every word was written with everything in you. I'm so proud to tell people I know about these two angels and no matter how long God will give me I'll cherish future readings and events that involve you Mr Arroyo. You painted Mother with every ounce of love you have. Anyone who doesn't read or better yet use the audio for this book is like missing out on all the good things in this world. God gave you a gift made of pure gold. Keep shining Mr Arroyo!

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Awesome

Thank you thank you thank you Mother & Raymond & EWTN & all who supported Mother & EWTN. I love Mother’s humble humanness & Italian feist😁 I love & appreciate this book. It has helped me in my Feisty Irish walk with Jesus. I love her adoring love for our Heavenly Father.💜🙏💜

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This book touch my every emotion.

This book was so wonderful and Raymond as the narrator made it even more wonderful!

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Mother's Story Speaks for Itself

The life of Mother Angelica was certainly led by God and she followed eagerly and intentionally. Her story, as told by Raymond Arroyo, brings Mother's passion, suffering and joys alive as if your are talking directly to Mother. Thank you Raymond, for taking up this call. As a result, her life's message reaches even more people.

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Raymond Arroyo did a wonderful job!

Wonderful book, with an entertaining delivery! Mother Angelica will continue to touch lives through this book.

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Excellent narration!

You want be disappointed. The story of a very human, flaws and all, women with unfailing faith in our Lord. The narration is so spot on you'll think it's Mother Angelica herself!

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Incredible person - Incredible story

This audible book was one of the best stories I have ever heard. Mother Angelica was truly a servant of God. Thank you for sharing her story.