Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother
This unusual biography blends imagination and fact in an exquisitely told tale about the most reveled and admired woman of Christianity.
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Starting with a dark-skinned girl barely out of adolescence
when she gives birth, Lesley Hazleton weaves together the
many facets of Mary's existence: peasant villager, wise
woman and healer, activist, mother, teacher, and yes,
virgin, though in a sense we have long forgotten. She
follows her through the worst any mother can experience-the
excruciating death of her child-and then looks at how she
transforms grief into wisdom, disaster into renewal. Strong
and courageous, the Mary we see here does not merely assent
to her role in history, but chooses it and lives it to the
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