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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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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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Hard to put down!

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

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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.

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A life of truly listening and following The Lord.

Mother Angelica has meant so much to me and my faith journey. She is what America needed and her legacy is God's will.

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Astonishing

Loved it! Humbling, enlightening and engaging. Thouroughly enjoyed the story, especially Mother Angelica's trust in God, her faith against all odds.

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Beautiful and powerful!

Mr Arroyo made me feel like I was listening to Mother Angelica herself. Her story is beautiful, wrenching, inspiring, and a testament to following God's will and having faith in God's providence. Thank you Mr Arroyo for sharing with us this remarkable modern day story of David and Goliath.

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Whatever else you do, you owe it to yourself...

If you could sum up Mother Angelica in three words, what would they be?

An astounding testament.

Have you listened to any of Raymond Arroyo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Raymond Arroyo's performance is incredible, as his quotes take on the voices of their subjects in a way that is both apt, illuminative, and always entertaining.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book actually made me both laugh and tear up.

Any additional comments?

The book is truly an action-packed 333 pages, and the audible rendering stands wonderfully on its own.

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A spiritual uplifting

I loved it and had a hard time putting it down very interesting and entertaining.