Mary Book Spotlight: Mary and the Christian Life: Scriptural Reflections on the First Disciple, by Amy Welborn Reviewed by Sarah Reinhard


[Congratulations to commenter #2, Melissa Bruce, who is the winner of our book giveaway this week!]mary-christian-live-welborn

It’s not a big book, but that’s not why it’s one of my favorites, across the board. It’s not terribly scholarly or high falutin either, which is probably why I’ve lent it out so much I’m going to need to buy another copy.

Amy Welborn’s now out-of-print Mary and the Christian Life: Scriptural Reflections on the First Disciple (which is still available through her website) is, hands down, one of the best books about Mary that I have ever read. I put her up against the saints and scholars of past ages, because what she accomplished in this thin tome is worthy of that praise.

In less than 150 pages, Welborn shares relevant history, devotions, and thoughts on the Blessed Virgin. Her language is so accessible, so real, that I almost feel like she was sitting across the table from me as I drank coffee and devoured the book.

If you’re unsure about devotion to Mary and why it’s important, this is a great book to introduce you to it without hitting you over the head with it. If you’re grounded in your Marian approach, pick up this book and find yourself reminded of the beauty of the simple, of the richness of the history, and of the thoughts of great minds before us about Mary.

I not only highly recommend it, I’m giving a copy away, courtesy of Amy Welborn. Leave a comment here with your take on Marian devotion (good or bad), and I’ll draw names next Friday. Amy will sign it and we’ll get it mailed to you.

Copyright 2010 Sarah Reinhard


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


  1. Melissa Bruce on

    I would love to learn more about Marian devotion and this book sounds like a perfect choice for that.

  2. I have a great devotion to Our Blessed Mother. I have grown in this devotion over the years, especially more so after the death of my own mother in 2004. She is such a strong intercessor and a fountain for graces. I ask her each day to beg Our Lord to release to me all the graces reserved for me each day. I need them! She teaches me about gentleness and love. She has whispered to my oldest son (yes, he heard her). O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

  3. Seana Signor on

    I am a convert to the faith in Easter of ’09. As a former Baptist I was more hesitant or at least a little uncomfortable with the doctrine on Our Blessed Mother. However, I have found her to be a beautiful wonderful blessing that our brothers and sisters in Christ in other denominations TRULY miss out big time. My devotion is growing and I pray to share her with my protestant friends and family and I still have a LOT to learn!

  4. I’m growing in my devotion to Our Blessed Mother as I grow in my own vocation as a mother. Would love to read this.

  5. My devotion to the Blessed Mother comes the most when I am having trouble with my own children. She is my only source of wisdom! And she teaches me to turn to Jesus for help!

  6. For two years I have facilitated “Women of Grace” and Mary is with us every step of the way. In fact, we had one Lady, Pat, come and speak on Mary who talked how when growing up in England, Mary was like one of the family. She said she was always “our” Lady, because to them, they were taugh in her family, our meant “my” or mine. So, all her life, Mary was there through thick and thin. Pat mentioned now, that when she goes on the treadmill, at that time, Mary is in the chair watching her while she gets through it and she has a grand ole conversation. Incredible faith. We are journeying with Mary, our Mother. This is such a great gift. Amazing! She is Mother to all, blessed art though among women………

  7. I’m about 1/2 way though the Total Consecration (renewing my original consecration) … as a former Protestant I still have “willies” at times, but going through the TC really has helped me appreciate her hidden work in my life. 🙂

  8. I am slowly growing in devotion to Our Blessed Mother, I’m a convert from the United Methodist church, and have a pretty adamantly anti-catholic extended family, so its been an uphill battle for me. I’ve had to fight back some prejudices that my family taught me when I was younger. I have a lot to learn. But through God’s grace, I’m learning.

  9. Many Evangelical Christians think Catholics worship Mary. I happen to know that’s not so, for a different reason. Before I became Catholic, one of the many things I dabbled in was goddess worship, and I thought I could use Mary as a goddess image. Cause that’s what Catholics did, unknowingly, right? WRONG! I tried to worship Mary, but Mary doesn’t stand for that! Gently but firmly I was directed away from worshiping her and back to Jesus and to His Church.

  10. Okay okay! I’m here and posting!

    And even if I don’t win the book, I’ll let you drink my coffee.

    Like the other lovely ladies posting, I came the long way to a devotion of our Blessed Mother. Don’t we treat our moms the same way? I didn’t see her wisdom and grace until I was older, either. I was a rebellious youth, and sadly, an equally rebellious Catholic.

    Thank God for his tender mercy, and Mary, for leading us so patiently to Him.

  11. I am an Anglican walking down the conversion path to Rome -still pre-RCIA as this time . However I truly feel that our Lady has been guiding my steps here all of the way. I do have what appears to be the typical challenge of converts of other Christian denominations face with Marian devotion. I do not see these as an obstacle mind you but simply a step in my learning!


  12. I’m posting even though I have no idea if I can be taken into account, since I live in Mexico.

    The devotion to out Blessed Mother was taught to me by my own mother. She always loved our Lady especially, and she was really happy when my sister gave her an image of the Rosa Mística… (Mystic Rose; do you know her by that name?). I feel that, although I am a cradle catholic, I still have a lot to learn from Mary. She is my mother, our mother… and I especially value her now , almost 10 years after my earthly mother left to be in Heaven.

  13. Julie Nelson on

    As a mother with 2 special needs daughters, I turn to my devotion to Mary each day and am always looking for new books/material to deepen my devotion.

  14. As a Catholic convert, I have struggled with my devotion to Mary but I am growing closer to her through prayer and new books on Mary I have been reading.

  15. What a wonderful review and offer.
    Whenever growing up God, the King of Glory seemed to important to care about little me, I would pray the Hail Mary and remember that we each have our role to play if we are faithful.

  16. I have had a huge devotion to Our Blessed Mother in the past.
    I still do have devotion, but I need a resurgence.
    A good book could do that for me.
    Thank You!
    God Bless!!!

  17. My girls’ pediatrician, upon learning of their First Communion this year, gave them scapulars. Me, who couldn’t leave out anything that can be part of school, will be taking the next few weeks to learn about this devotion, to end with the girls’ enrollment. Then I saw your tweet. How perfect!

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