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Author: Diane Schoemperlen
ISBN: 0670899771
Pages: 349 pages
Publisher: Viking Penguin (April 2001)
Language: English
Category: World Literature
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Rating: 4.3
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e-Book Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship epub download

by Diane Schoemperlen



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Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's history and a thoughtful . This book is both funny and poignant.

This book is both funny and poignant. The prose is crisp and deliberate. Aug 09, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it. Shelves: fiction.

Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's .

This book caught my eye when I was looking for another book to mooch from someone from whom I was already mooching one. It is about a middle-aged writer of no particularly strong faith who finds the Blessed Virgin Mary in her living room one day. Mary wants someplace to chill for a week and has chosen her house.

Diane Schoemperlen takes human frailties exposes them to the light, and . Unique blend of novel/reality, mysticism/history, this beautiful book is a smooth and very rewarding read.

Diane Schoemperlen takes human frailties exposes them to the light, and somehow transforms them into precious keepsakes. Schoemperlen portrays the Virgin Mary as an ordinary woman, living an ordinary life in a way that is extraordinary. She tells the story without embellishment or any miraculous events, yet makes the point that such is the stuff of saints. It is touching, humourous and suddenly (when least expected)sharply etched with pathos, truth and honesty.

The Mary of Schoemperlen's imagination is a considerate houseguest, a witty conversationalist, an avid reader, a. .

The Mary of Schoemperlen's imagination is a considerate houseguest, a witty conversationalist, an avid reader, a breaker of diet resolutions, a shrewd shopper, and a congenial companion. When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fl. — Edward Teller.

Then I saw the Virgin Mary Other author's books: Our Lady of the Lost and Found.

Then I saw the Virgin Mary. I didn’t know it was her at first, because she was dressed not in the usual blue or white and gold, but in black. She didn’t have a crown. Her head was bowed, her face in shadow, her hands held out open at the sides. Other author's books: Our Lady of the Lost and Found.

Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Penguin GroupReleased: Jul 30, 2002ISBN: 9781101126974Format: book. carousel previous carousel next. By The Book: Stories and Pictures.

On an otherwise typical Monday morning, a middle-aged writer enters her living room and finds a woman standing by her fig tree. The woman is wearing a blue trench coat, white sneakers, and a white shawl over her hair. She is holding a purse and a suitcase. She is the Virgin Mary - and after 2000 years of petition, adoration, and traveling, she's in need of a little R & R. Invited in for lunch, Mary decides to stay for one week, during which an unlikely friendship develops.

A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship. by Diane Schoemperlen. The narrator, a fussy but endearing writer in her 40s who lives in some northern suburb, seems an unlikely candidate for divine visitation. But Mary, weary from constant miracle-making, nonetheless takes up temporary residence in her guest bedroom. Despite the casual slacks, brown cardigan, and sneakers, there is no doubt this is indeed the Mother of God.

The Virgin Mary appears in a middle-aged writer's house one day and decides to stay for a week, and as this Everywoman and Mary become friends, their conversations reveal Mary's significance and enduring relevance in culture, art, history, and the thousands of recorded sightings. By the author of In the Language of Love. 25,000 first printing.
Iseared
Given to me as a gift by my Spiritual Director who has helped me as I develop a relationship with Mary, I found it delightful, compelling, insightful and most of all fun to read. Although I am a practicing Catholic (convert) I think this book could be enjoyed by anyone as a story of relationships with an added sprinkling of history and theology. Ms Schoemperlen is a fabulous wordsmith. The reading wasn't ponderous as with some of our well known writers but it didn't sound like a long version of a People magazine feature either. The author whom I know isn't Catholic and maybe not even a believer in Christian doctrine brought up an interesting question: With the multiple sightings of Mary in many lands, during many eras of history, with sometimes hundreds if not thousands witnessing the events, why is Mary completely ignored by history? Even if an offhand remark were given as part of a history lesson, why do historians give a grudging nod to the existence of Jesus but ignore Mary? For me, as a convert who did struggle with the whole Mary "thing," this was one of the more interesting questions posed by the author. This book is a treasure, worth reading, re-reading and recommending...my own Three R's.
Marilore
Well done, and well documented. A blend of fiction and real places. I enjoyed this history of Marian apparitions, blended with the author's fictional encounter with Mary, and her essay-like reflections. She presents an unconventional contemporary picture of Mary, which I liked quite a bit. I also enjoyed the gentle humor present in the narrative. I proposed the book to a bookclub, the members read the book and liked it also.
Mr_Mole
This is a story of Mother Mary taking a week vacation at the home of the writer. She is light, humorous as well as introspective about life and its meaning. You find yourself wondering "what if this happened to me?" The writer gives some historical information about Mary appearances, which is very helpful and in context of the events of the story.
Jake
What if Mary dropped in for lunch and then stayed a week? The author has a surprise visitor and learns a great deal about the Virgin Mary and how Mary's visits have impacted those she comes to see. There are no miracles for the author, just a deeper understanding of her own small world. It's an extraordinary book that I find hard to describe, but it had a real impact on me. It has been a wonderful read and now I own a copy!!
MrCat
What a great book/story. I couldn't put it down and I knew I would feel sad when it ended so I metered my reading to make it last longer. Faith is different for everyone. If you love Mary, read this book; if you don't know Mary, read this book.
Llallayue
I'm very fond of this book, which I read several years ago and which has been a lasting influence in its own quiet, quirky way. I would be the first to admit, however, that it's not for everyone. In fact, reading the more disgruntled reviews here--the ones that complain it's boring and nothing ever happens--I shudder to think of anyone picking up this novel and expecting a typical narrative, with beginning, middle, and end, love stories, car chases, etc. As several people have pointed out, this is above all a cerebral novel; the reviewer who compared it to Sophie's World was spot-on. Among other things, the novel is a meditation on history and story-telling itself. Another thing this book is not: a theological exploration of Mary's role or a specifically Catholic view of Mary. It may remind readers of Looking for Mary, but it is finally very different.

Does the novel always succeed? No, but that doesn't alter my five-star rating; the parts that work for me (of which more below) are wonderful, and it is marvelous to read a book that tries to tackle some pretty big issues. The parts I wasn't so wild about? Unfortunately, the many retellings of miracles and sightings of Mary through the ages tended to remind me of the things about religion that trouble me. For all that she's a kind of literary Mary Sue, too, the narrator remained a bit fuzzy to me as a person.

But this all pales besides the celebration of female friendship that, to me, is central to the book. Mary is a heavenly house guest and a girl's best friend, a perspective that captures, even if it does not explore, the feminine dimension of the divine that has proved so attractive to modern theologians (both Catholic and Protestant) who have been rediscovering Mary.
Vertokini
I have read this book before. I loaned it to someone and wanted to re read the book so had to get another copy. It is very thoughtful and makes you think. Very well written so it is thought provoking and also a great conversation piece. Quick and easy read.
I don't usually read fiction, why, maybe it is because much of it plays fast and loose with the facts, yes I know, that is why it is fiction. Anyway, I was looking through a book catalog when I saw the title OUR LADY OF THE LOST AND FOUND: A NOVEL. The descrtiption intrigued me, so I purchased a copy. This is my first introduction to Diane Schoemperlen. I liked the style of this book, part diary, part history, and part written meditation on God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Love, Grace, and Faith. While I thought that the author did go off on tangents once or twice, most notably her chapter on FGM, on the whole this is an almost perfect book, for me. I liked the story and could identify with the characters. The main character being, my presumption, a reflection of the author. Schoemperlen asks the questions of the ages, that have always been asked. Those times at night, when we wake up and stare at the ceiling. For a non-Catholic Diane Schoemperlen really has a grasp of what the Virgin Mary means to Catholics and their fellow Christians. The book is a great little history of Marian visions and Marian devotion. I consider myself on the conservative side of Catholicism and enjoyed this book immensely. I can highly recommend it to Catholics and non-Catholics alike who wish to understand the part Mary plays in the life of many Christians. This is actually 4 1/2 stars. A definite buy.