This review appeared originally at Alan's Eyes & Ears.
Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art, and Life, by Judith DuPre. Hardcover.
Christmas, I pick up a specifically seasonal book, and the last few
years, that reading has focused on the Virgin Mary. This is another of
those books, and a beautiful one at that.
The book contains
dozens of striking photos, mostly of Marian works of art, although other
photos are included that speak to particular themes. There are famous
works of art, and obscure works of art. There is painting, photography,
sculpture, and architecture. In addition to brief discussions of the
artistic works, the book talks about a range of discussions related to
Mary and related themes. Some of these are historical, some are
devotional, and some come from the author's experience.
taking a clearly modern view on Mary, and sometimes moves a tad too far
into the non-traditional for my personal comfort level. But I take those
passages as thought-provoking, as challenging, and DuPre usually moves
back inside the guardrails of my comfort zone in due course.