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Gifts of the Visitation

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'

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

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.

Becoming Like Mary: A Q&A with Author Denise Bossert

Becoming Like Mary: A Q&A with Author Denise Bossert

"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."

Read an Excerpt from 'Gifts of the Visitation'

Read an Excerpt from 'Gifts of the Visitation'

"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."

What

What "Gifts" are Found in the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth?

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.

Praise for 'Gifts of the Visitation'

Praise for 'Gifts of the Visitation'

"A fresh look at one of the most important moments of Mary's life." —Marge Fenelon, author of 'Imitating Mary' and Patheos blogger

Feeling Safe in the Holy Land: Talking with Denise Bossert

Feeling Safe in the Holy Land: Talking with Denise Bossert

"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."

The Catholic Traveler

The Catholic Traveler

Denise Bossert frequently blogs about travel, faith and womanhood on her personal website, where she also shares her schedule and speaking availability.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Seeing the Familiar in a New Light: Denise Bossert's 'Gifts of the Visitation'

Seeing the Familiar in a New Light: Denise Bossert's 'Gifts of the Visitation'

Sarah Elizabeth

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."

Appreciating Mary in a New Way

Appreciating Mary in a New Way

Kathy Schiffer

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.

Seeing the Familiar in a New Light

Seeing the Familiar in a New Light

Sarah Elizabeth Susanka

I'm not often brought to tears by something I'm reading, but that last chapter did it for me.

Mary as One of Us

Mary as One of Us

Bruce Epperly

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.

Moving Toward Mary

Moving Toward Mary

Leticia Adams

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.

A Pagan Response to Mary

A Pagan Response to Mary

Jen McConnell

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. 

Going to the Holy Land With Pope Francis: A Chat With Denise Bossert and Catholic Press Journalists

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