Gifts of the Visitation
Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth
by Denise Bossert
"This is a little gem of a book that both women and men will return to, again and again, when the demands of life are such that we need fresh grounding in our appreciation of humility and grace, spontaneity and readiness, thanksgiving, and adventure and awe. It is, in two words, 'a treasure.'" —Elizabeth Scalia, Catholic blogger at Patheos and author of 'Strange Gods'
In her debut book, speaker, columnist, and Catholic convert Denise Bossert showcases the seasons of birth, grief, newness, and challenge experienced in the hearts of Mary and Elizabeth at the Visitation.
"In the ten years since my conversion, Mary has become my mother and my favorite subject matter. Like Elizabeth, I find myself saying, who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me? And yet, she has."
"Like Mary, we are called to hold nothing back, to be ready to give God a total gift of self no matter what situation we may find ourselves in—whether we’re pregnant or we’ve just buried a parent, whether we are in a happy marriage or our marriage is falling apart."
Denise Bossert explains that a young virgin lowered her head in humility and gave her fiat to God’s archangel, whose message would change her life and the course of history forever.
"A fresh look at one of the most important moments of Mary's life." —Marge Fenelon, author of 'Imitating Mary' and Patheos blogger
"The Holy Land is a sea of grace … Your soul will feel like a sieve, like you cannot contain the grace, like you are filled up to capacity."
Denise Bossert frequently blogs about travel, faith and womanhood on her personal website, where she also shares her schedule and speaking availability.
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin has never come to me naturally. I knew the reasons for such devotion, the rightness of it, even the necessity for it. My parents prayed the rosary with us almost nightly, and my father's visceral, Irish faith was never more obvious than when he spoke of "Our Mother."
What Bossert does, which is similar and yet somehow different, is examine Mary’s encounter with Elizabeth in light of the Holy Spirit’s gentle guidance. And she explains how Mary’s openness to the Holy Spirit brought about gifts in her own life.
Sarah Elizabeth Susanka
I'm not often brought to tears by something I'm reading, but that last chapter did it for me.
I have come to believe that the very human Mary has a role in the spirituality of progressive Protestants such as me. We can honor Mary without the need for supernaturalism.
In reading this short book with it’s beautiful prayers and novena in the appendix, I have slowly started moving towards giving a solid “Yes” to God instead of a shaky one.
I love digging into the history behind mythology, but until I picked up Gifts of the Visitation by Denise Bossert, I’d never really paid Mary the woman much attention.