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On an early December morning in the 16th century, The Virgin Mary, Mother of God, appeared to a Mexican peasant on a hill near Mexico City. So goes the legend of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the peasant, Juan Diego, who was canonized in 2002. American actor John Allen Nelson (Santa Barbara, Baywatch) lends his sincere voice to this unbelievable tale that has helped shape the church for half a millennium.

Written by Monsignor Eduardo Chavez and Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and former assistant to Jesse Helms, this audiobook is a history of the Virgin in Mexico, and a breezy hagiography for the devout.

Publisher's Summary

Nearly a decade after Spain's conquest of Mexico, the future of Christianity on the American continent was very much in doubt. Confronted with a hostile colonial government and Native Americans wary of conversion, the newly appointed bishop-elect of Mexico wrote to tell the King of Spain that, unless there was a miracle, the continent would be lost.

Between December 9 and December 12, 1531, that miracle happened, and it forever changed the future of the continent. It was then that the Virgin Mary famously appeared to a Native American Christian convert on a hilltop outside of what is now Mexico City. The image she left imprinted on his cloak, or tilma, has puzzled scientists for centuries, and yet Our Lady of Guadalupe's place in history is profound. A continent that just months before the apparitions seemed completely lost to Christianity suddenly and inexplicably embraced it by the millions. Our Lady of Guadalupe's message of love replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture and built a bridge between two worlds - the old and the new - that were just 10 years earlier engaged in brutal warfare.

Today, Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to inspire the devotion of millions. From Canada to Argentina - and even beyond the Americas - one finds great devotion to her and great appreciation for her message of love, unity, and hope. Today reproductions of the Virgin's miraculous image can be seen throughout North and South America, in churches and homes, on billboards, and even on clothing. Her shrine in Mexico City, where the miraculous image is housed to this day, is one of the most visited in the world.

In Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love, Carl Anderson and Eduardo Chavez trace the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the 16th century to the present and discuss how her message was and continues to be an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation.

©2009 Carl A. Anderson (P)2009 Tantor

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Good book but difficult to get through

I really enjoyed this book because I absolutely love the story of Our Lady. However, it was hard to stay focused because many things seemed repetitive. The first chapter was very long when it could have been shorter. The actual story is fascinating but the theological and technical information was just too dry for me.

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  • Carlos
  • Trumbull, CT, United States
  • 06-21-16

Ambitious book

This is a very interesting book. It studies the amazing event of Guadalupe. It's investigation is thorough. And takes the insights of the apparition to enlighten the life of the Church special in America.

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Wonderful story. just too little of it told.

They tell the basic story, but, spend too much time in analysis and offering opinion. they would have done better to focus on any miracles that occured because of Devine Mothers appearence and not spend the amount of time breaking down the intracasies of the language spoken by Juan and the Blessed Mother. They tried to jump from a faith building story to a scholarly work. and it doesn't work. They tried to take a story that could have been told in less than 25 pages and bulked it up with nonsense that had little to do with the story. so buyer beware.

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