Author: Eugene H. Peterson
Genre: Bible Study / Christian
Mary is the mother of Jesus, but the Bible is surprisingly quiet about her role in raising Him. However, the small glimpses we do have of our Blessed Mother are very illuminating. This Drawn In Bible study focuses on important moments of her life, such as the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Wedding at Cana, and the Crucifixion.
Using the Message translation, Peterson guides us to notice details in the story to ponder in our own hearts what Mary might have been thinking and feeling. Then we’re asked to see how these words affect our own lives today. Coloring pages are included so we can pause and contemplate the ideas we’re studying. A helpful guide to facilitating a Drawn In Bible study makes up the final chapter.
As a Catholic, I was immediately drawn to this book on Mary, and within the scope of an introductory four-week Protestant study, it delivered what it promised. Using the Message gives a slightly different perspective on the words we may have become overly familiar with, but the scripture references are provided if we want to use a more traditional translation for our study. The price is also attractive to small groups on a budget. After completing this study, Catholics who would like a more in-depth look at Mary might want to look at studies by Edward Sri or Scott Hahn.
Reviewer: Alice Berger