Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal
Ave Maria Press
April 8, 2022
Named a Best Spiritual Book of 2022 by Spirituality and Practice.
Do you long to feel more alive, to see the vibrancy in your daily life? Do you feel the seeds of a new calling tugging at you?
Look to the Blessed Mother for help. In Birthing the Holy, Christine Valters Paintner—abbess of the online Abbey of the Arts—invites you to better know Mary and her heart through thirty-one of her titles, and, along the way, you’ll nurture the new growth in your life.
The Blessed Mother is known by many beautiful titles, some of which are familiar—Virgin, Queen of Peace, and Star of the Sea—and some we may not be aware of—Vessel of Grace, Greenest Branch, and Our Lady of Silence.
Paintner offers a flexible format to reflect on Mary’s titles through a thirty-one-day personal retreat, a series of novenas, or with visio divina exercises using striking images by printmaker Kreg Yingst. As you reflect on Mary in her role as Mother of Good Counsel, Woman Clothed with the Sun, Mystical Rose, Mother of Sorrows, Queen of the Angels, and other titles, Paintner invites you to hear what God calls you to develop in your life, help that dream or vision grow, and then nourish it in the world.
Whether you’re meeting Mary for the first time in these magnificent titles or revisiting her as a beloved companion, Birthing the Holy invites you to see the exploration of Mary and your life as a spiritual and creative act, one that can help deepen your faith even as it sparks new growth within you.
Birthing the Holy Around the Web
US Catholic: Learn to Take Your Troubles to the Black Madonna
Today’s American Catholic: She’s the Inspiration
Listen to Christine’s interviewed on the podcast How They Love Mary
Listen to Christine interviewed on the podcast Out of the Fog
Watch Christine interviewed on the podcast Spiritual Wanderlust
Christine interviewed on Catholic Faith Network Live
Praise for the Book
Birthing the Holy should appeal to anyone who has learned from Paintner in the past and will likely expand her community of readers to include those increasingly drawn to seeing and experiencing the holy through images and spiritual practices with the Divine Feminine.
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