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Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship (Original 2001; 2002. Auflage)

von Diane Schoemperlen

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One Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer walks into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing beside her potted fig tree. Dressed in a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, the woman introduces herself as "Mary. Mother of God.... You know. Mary." Instead of a golden robe or a crown, she arrives bearing a practical wheeled suitcase. Weary after two thousand years of adoration and petition, Mary is looking for a little R & R. She's asked in for lunch, and decides to stay a week. As the story of their visit unfolds, so does the story of Mary-one of the most complex and powerful female figures of our time-and her changing image in culture, art, history, as well as the thousands of recorded sightings that have placed her everywhere from a privet hedge to the dented bumper of a Camaro. As this Everywoman and Mary become friends, their conversations, both profound and intimate, touch upon Mary's significance and enduring relevance. Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's history and a thoughtful meditation on spirituality, our need for faith, and our desire to believe in something larger than ourselves.… (mehr)
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Titel:Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship
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Too serious and preachy. I expected this to be much funnier. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
"In retrospect, I can see that the most important think I learned from Dr. Sloan and Ancient History 101 was there is more to history than facts, more to truth than reality.
In retrospect, I can see that this is a piece of knowledge that will change your life if you let it. But once upon a time, I thought that history was carved in stone. "(p.118)

I learned this same lesson at the University of California, Davis, in a literature class which included reading Milton. I remember how it struck me, reading Milton aloud to myself in the art building stair well, where it was always empty and one’s voice resonated with the poetry, that this was the truth. It changed my life.

I love the little clues in a novel as to where the title came from. It’s on p.54 in this book, tucked away, referred to just once, but the idea seeps through every page.
The author’s fascination with time, truth, story, belief: I trust these insights. They are also my experience. (p.161, 170)
And I have a whole wonderful story about Our Lady of Prompt Succor, mentioned on p.239…so someday I’ll tell you.
Ms. Schoemperlen gets to the grit of it, in reflecting on evil. “I am suggesting that it is evil that throws the meaning of life into question.” (p. 246) How do we trust God in the face of evil? And she is led into a similar maze in thinking about truth. (p. 287)
And yet. And yet. We hope. We trust. It’s called faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.

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  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Not one of my favorites. There is some interesting parts about the Virgin Mary, but all in all, eh.... ( )
1 abstimmen bnbookgirl | May 14, 2018 |
Fascinating look into the lore of Mary. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Apr 20, 2016 |
I found the book an easy read that somehow stayed with me. Long after I finished it I researched it's contents and wish I had known before I read the book that it was a work of fiction that was really recounting the many non-ficition accounts of world-wide citings of the Mary. I would read another book by this author. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
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Then I saw the Virgin Mary. I didn't know it was her at first, because she was dressed 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. Around her feet were stubs of candles, and all over her black dress were pinned what I though at first were stars, but which were instead little brass or tin ams, legs, hands, sheep, donkeys. chickens, and hearts. I could see what these were for: she was a Virgin of lost things, one who restored what was lost. She was the onloy one of these wood or marble or plaster Virgins who had ever seemed at all real to me. There could be some point in praying to her, kneeling down, lighting a candle. But I didn't do it, because I didn't know what to pray for. What was lost, what I could pin on her dress.

I paint the Virgin Mary descending to the earth, which is covered with snow and slush. She is wearing a winter coat over her blue robe, and has a purse slung over her shoulder. She's carrying two brown paper bags full of groceries. Several things have fallen from the bags: an egg, an onion, apple. She looks tired.

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The irony of writing about such an exerience in the modern era is such that, if I say to people, "This really happened," not unreasonably, they will be inclined to doubt me. They might suspect me of boasting, or assume that I have lost my mind. If I say, "Imagined it, I made it up, it's fiction-only then are they free to believe it. -Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace

Ultimately, I have found it is meaningless to hold the yardstick of fact against the complexities of the human heart., Reality simply isn't large enougn to hold us. -A. Manette Ansay, River Angel

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For Merilyn. She [is] in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
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One Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer walks into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing beside her potted fig tree. Dressed in a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, the woman introduces herself as "Mary. Mother of God.... You know. Mary." Instead of a golden robe or a crown, she arrives bearing a practical wheeled suitcase. Weary after two thousand years of adoration and petition, Mary is looking for a little R & R. She's asked in for lunch, and decides to stay a week. As the story of their visit unfolds, so does the story of Mary-one of the most complex and powerful female figures of our time-and her changing image in culture, art, history, as well as the thousands of recorded sightings that have placed her everywhere from a privet hedge to the dented bumper of a Camaro. As this Everywoman and Mary become friends, their conversations, both profound and intimate, touch upon Mary's significance and enduring relevance. Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's history and a thoughtful meditation on spirituality, our need for faith, and our desire to believe in something larger than ourselves.

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