About the Book and Author

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Gifts of the Visitation:
Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth
by Denise Bossert

About the Author

Denise Bossert earned a bachelor of arts in English education, magna cum laude, at the University of Dubuque in 1989. In 2001, she was awarded a master of arts in literature from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Bossert also studied theology at the Paul VI Institute in St. Louis. She has taught literature at the primary, secondary, and college levels and has worked as a religious education coordinator and Confirmation assistant.

The daughter and former wife of Protestant ministers, Bossert converted to the Catholic Church in 2005 after being inspired by the books of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Since then, two of her children and her husband have also entered the Church. Denise writes a syndicated column called Catholic by Grace for diocesan newspapers across the United States. She has also written for "Canticle Magazine" (now called "Women of Grace"), "Women for Faith and Family," and "Catholic Exchange."

Bossert is a member of the Legion of Mary, Catholic Writers Guild, and ACTS Retreat Community. She has appeared on a variety of television and radio shows, including EWTN's Journey Home and Women of Grace, the Son Rise Morning Show, Catholic Vitamins, On Call, and Seize the Day. She gives talks at parishes and to women's groups on conversion, women of salvation history, and spiritual mentoring. Denise and her husband, John, have four children and five grandchildren and live in New Melle, Missouri.

About the Book

The biblical encounter between the Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, before the births of Jesus and John the Baptist, is at the heart of "Gifts of the Visitation" by popular speaker and syndicated columnist Denise Bossert. She uses their story to highlight nine gifts experienced by both women as they awaited the arrival of their sons and to encourage readers to develop these gifts themselves.

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 and invites readers to see these times in their own lives as opportunities to let God make all things new. Within each of those seasons, nine gifts emerge—spontaneity, courage, joy, readiness, humility, adventure, hospitality, wonder and awe, and thanksgiving—equipping readers to present Christ to the world as Mary and Elizabeth did.

Bossert's encounter with Mary, which led her to Catholicism, serves as the window for discovering and exploring the gifts and helps readers look inside their own hearts to discover what the gifts of the visit between Mary and Elizabeth mean to them and how they can be Christ-bearers to others.

Features and Benefits:

-Relates Bossert's pivotal conversion story, beginning with her struggle to accept and ultimately encounter Mary.
-Readers experience a new understanding of the Visitation on a personal and relatable scale.
-Typically the Visitation is explored in the context of Jesus' birth and reign, but Bossert's book provides a different angle in exploring the "Gifts of the Visitation." Those gifts will inspire and change readers' lives as they share these gifts with the world.

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