Book Review: Catholic Update Guide to Mary


Update to Mary

Book Description:

“Drawing on the trusted and popular Catholic Update newsletter, the Catholic Update Guide to Mary looks at the life of Mary and why she is so important to our Catholic faith. You will explore the various images of Mary, and her particular feasts celebrated in the Church throughout the liturgical year.”

My comments:

This is the second Catholic Update book I have had the pleasure to read and review. It is a short, catechetical book that gives an overview of the life of Mary and her importance in the Catholic faith. The book also outlines the various feast days of Our Lady, why and how to pray the rosary and various other prayers to Mary. And like the other Catholic Update books, each chapter ends with questions for reflection to help the reader deepen his or her understanding of the reading.

In my opinion, the Catholic Update Guide to Mary is geared toward the beginner Catholic or to those new to the devotion of Our Lady. Those of us who are knowledgeable in the Catholic faith or already have a deep devotion to Our Lady will not find anything new in this book; however, having said that, it never hurts to be reminded of the basics of our faith. 🙂

This is especially true in regards to our mental image of Mary. Chapter one, The Historical Mary, reminds us that Mary wasn’t some lofty, “high in the sky” woman who spent her days in deep contemplation. She was a normal, Jewish woman of her time, who cooked, cleaned and did all the other things the women of her time did. With one exception, of course. She was conceived without sin and in all things remained united to God. The Catholic Update Guide reminds us that all of us can look to Mary as a model in our own relationship to the Lord.

I recommend this book and give it three (3) stars.


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Weekly Goals

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Slowly getting in to a new routine but at least I’m getting there. Here’s how I did last week:

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 each morning.

3. Get started with the reading assignments and work for classes. (One of my classes is Christian Tradition so I will be doing bible reading for the class; therefore, I’m taking the bible reading off my list.)

4. Find a sitter for Andrew. (My babysitter for while I’m at school on Tuesdays had to back out last minute.) (Still working on this for a permanent sitter but at least my mother-in-law can take him this Tuesday and my mom will take him next Tuesday.)

5. Blog at least twice this week.

6. Finally, If I can swing it, I want to create and list one item for Etsy. (Didn’t happen. It is taking me a while to get my newest project done because it contains a lot of info. I’ll be so excited when it is done though, because I think it will help a lot of people!)

Here’s are my short goals for this week.

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. (Still waiting on one of the books I need for a class, so I will have to do some major catch-up when it comes in!)

4. Blog at least three times this week.

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew.

6. Keep Andrew on track with his home school.

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!