Since publishing Favored, Blessed, Pierced: A Fresh Look at Mary of Nazareth, I have discovered or written other pieces that shed more light on this amazing woman and her story. Here they are for your reference.
In Favored, Blessed, Pierced: A Fresh Look at Mary of Nazareth, we discover that Mary was blessed—makarios—which means “to be well off.” But another Greek word also translated "blessed” describes Mary too: eulogeo.
I have two young adult sons. During their teen years, my husband and I frequently prayed that we would not have to hear a report such as Joseph had to share with his parents.
Mindfulness is popular these days. Used in the context of therapy and meditation, it encourages people to be present, focused, conscious and aware. I am grateful that God demonstrated mindfulness long before science caught on.
I wrote this journal entry more than ten years ago. While "Favored, Blessed, Pierced: A Fresh Look at Mary of Nazareth" has given me new insights, this post demonstrates how to take a passage of scripture and pray it back to the Lord.
For Lent 2020, follow Mary of Nazareth from the manger, through Galilee, past the cross, to life with this reading plan.
Eva answers some questions about Favored, Blessed, Pierced to explain why she wrote the book and how you might benefit from reading it.