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Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother

Updated on January 15, 2014

Lesley Hazleton Writes About the Blessed Mother of Jesus

The award winning author left her homeland of England, for life in the United States. She has made a career of writing primarily about the center of ancient civilization in the Middle East.

Hazleton, with a professional history in political journalism and psychology, uses these skills fluidly, coloring the fabric of life and meaning in the Holy Land.

History is the weft and religion the warp of the stories she tells, while politics structures the garments of meaning for residents of the homeland for adherents of the three Great Abrahamic religions.

photo credit: The Annunciation

Your Picture of the Holy Mother May Change

The Mother of Jesus in such a way as to put the reader in touch with a woman of substance.

Hazleton reaches deep into her layers to give us more than the two-dimensional, more than the white veiled icon that is beyond our access.

Hazelton wraps our imaginations around the historical facts, as told to Christians and Muslims and Jews, alike, as she blends the historical narrative with suppositions that can make sense to us.

In this version of the traditional story the young Mary apprenticed by osmosis with her grandmother, a busy midwife, eventually taking an active part in her grandmother's craft, coming to master, herself, the arts of herbal concoctions and healing for expectant women.

To some this volume is a flight of fancy, yet, to others it proposes a believable and delightful as well as thought provoking scenario.

photo credit: Virgin Mary

Perhaps a Life Changing Book

This Book Can Change Your Life

For at least one reviewer, this book was indeed life changing.

Hazelton drew from her 13 year stay in the Holy Land, from the great literature of the area, as well as from reams of cultural history, as she dug deep into anthropology.

She explores tangents such as polytheism, midwifery, activism, an altered timeline, and perhaps most of all, she breaks a Legend as if she deconstructs a plaster statue.

The author then cements it together again, in a significantly altered state. She uses virtual mud from significant sites of the landscape of the Holy Mother (Maryam, as she is called in Islam).

Hazleton's reconstructed figure is rich in real-life attributes, making some readers remark that they can now envision this Lady all fleshed out.

For the reader whose interest lies in examining the unexamined, while preserving the integrity of your belief, and you are not daunted by trek along the trails of the imagination, this is a trip you'll not want to miss.

Should you value learning more about how the Virgin Mary may have interacted upon the sands of her society, embark upon this journey towards a viewpoint drawn from a variety of literal and figurative locations upon which Hazleton has trod.

What is Your Belief on This Story?

Are you willing to read this book that presents unusual ideas about the Virgin Mary?

Yes, I know what I believe, yet my picture of Mary is scant, and this exploration can't help but inspire me.

Yes, I know what I believe, yet my picture of Mary is scant, and this exploration can't help but inspire me.

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    No, the Bible and other Holy Books are all I need to know about Mary.

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      • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

        Although I have nothing against the book, I'll stick with my scriptures and books written by others of my own faith. It is an interesting idea, however - maybe if I had some extra time I would be able to look at it!

      Is This How You Visualize Mary?

      Is This How You Visualize Mary?
      Is This How You Visualize Mary?

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      Importance of Visual Image of Mary

      Is it important to you to retain this traditional image of the Holy Mother?

      Yes, it is what I grew up with and I value it.

      Yes, it is what I grew up with and I value it.

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      • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

        Pretty much yes, although I'm not sure about the glow or stars around her head. She was a special human being, for sure.

      No, although I appreciate this image, most of the world are people of color and the white skin isn't representational of the majority.

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      • TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

        The bible is a nice story - but I do not think it is a message from any higher power. Enjoy and relax.

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          TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

          The book is definitely interesting - it's just hard for any book to get onto my reading list, when there's already so many I want to read.