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All about Mary of Nazareth
Norman woman's book offers
complete guide to knowing Jesus' mother
From NewsOk.com,by Carla Hinton,
Blessed Virgin. Queen of Heaven. The Madonna.
The Bible identifies Mary of Nazareth as the mother of Jesus, thus she
has been given many titles of honor.
Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda of Norman
wants everyone to get to know her namesake as she has: Mother of the Church.
Friend. The first Christian.
In her book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to
Mary of Nazareth" (Alpha, $18.95), Scaperlanda has written extensively about
Mary. The book, released earlier this year, presents Mary of Nazareth as the
world's most popular mother figure.
"I know some people may be turned
off by the title, but to me, it's perfect," Scaperlanda said. "I want people to
get to know Mary."
She predicted many Christians will focus on Mary as
the feature film "The Nativity Story" makes its debut Friday in theaters
"Somebody said we only bring her out at Christmas, but she's
here all year. She's an intricate part of the story. She was the one who said
‘yes.' She is the heart of what we believe in."
Two Marys point the
Scaperlanda, 46, considered it an honor to write about Mary,
particularly since her original contract called for her to write about several
women from the Bible. The publishers of the "The Complete Idiot Guide" series
opted instead to have Scaperlanda focus all of her attention on Jesus' mother.
And she had just three months to complete the book.
Scaperlanda drew on her research skills, Roman Catholic upbringing and her
education. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of
Texas and a master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. Plus,
she had written several books, including "The Seeker's Guide to Mary" and "The
Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim" with her husband, Michael, an OU law
professor. In addition to her books, Scaperlanda is a columnist for Catholic
Parent and Catholic Digest.
Immersed in the project, the Cuban-born
Scaperlanda said she was not surprised to feel a deep connection with Mary. She
said she has felt that way all her life, perhaps because of her roots in
Catholicism. Also, she said, with her Hispanic heritage, where family is very
important and huge gatherings of family members are a tradition, it's easy for
her to identify with Mary as what she was: a young woman, particularly a young
mother. A mother of four children, now grown, Scaperlanda said she can easily
imagine Mary with her beloved son.
"She was completely human like you
and I. I envision her as a mom — up at night with her baby, rejoicing when that
baby starts to walk, then seeing that child grow and walk in wisdom, which it
says in the Bible."
Mary's humanity is a critical element in the
Christian faith story, "but she always points us to Jesus. She wants us to get
to know Him," Scaperlanda said.
Scaperlanda said she considers Mary to
be the first Christian, "because she was the first one to say Jesus was the
Christ, the son of God.
"Even as frightened as she must have been, she
still acknowledged it. She accepted it."
Standing in the sanctuary of Our Lady's Cathedral in Oklahoma
City, it is as if Scaperlanda is surrounded by the Mary she calls mother and
friend. The stained-glass windows around the church, which show scenes in Mary's
life, are featured in Scaperlanda's book.
On a sunny day, Mary's face beams
as light filters through the windows.
There are many lessons to be
gleaned from Mary of Nazareth — not just for Catholics, but all Christians,
"She was a regular Jewish girl who did the most
extraordinary thing. We all hear about ordinary people who do the
Scaperlanda said seeing "The Nativity Story" may help
people get a glimpse of what it was like for Mary when an angel's pronouncement
signaled an end to life as she knew it and a new journey of faith.
does she do it? She completely relies on God to show her the way," Scaperlanda
"She refers to Him as ‘the Most High,' ‘the Holy One.' She was
able to get through it because she trusted Him completely. That is my prayer for
everyone, whatever their Christian tradition, or even non-Christians.
"She is a woman who literally changed the course of history by being
part of this plan of God's. "
- Deborah Santana is best known for her marriage to music icon Carlos
Santana–a thirty-year bond that endures to this day. But as a girl growing up in
San Francisco in the 1960s, daughter of a white mother and a black father–the
legendary blues guitarist Saunders King–her life was charged with its own drama
long before she married.In this beautiful, haunting memoir, Deborah Santana
shares for the first time her early experiences with racial intolerance, her
romantic involvement with musician Sly Stone and the suffering she endured in
that relationship, and her adventures in the freewheeling 1960s. Yet it is her
spiritual awakening that is the core of this story.
Space Between the Stars is a moving account of self-discovery,
rendered in raw, beautiful prose, by a woman whose heart has remained pure even
in times of despair. As Deborah Santana talks frankly about her lifelong fight
against racial injustice and her deep-seated loyalty to her family, ultimately
it is the struggle to remain a spiritual and artistic force in her own right, in
the shadow of one of the world’s most revered musicians, that shines through as
her most indomitable pursuit.
“Tightly crafted, colorfully written, and surprisingly honest…[The] reader
can’t help but speed through ther pages.”-San Josey Mercury News
You know, I never thought this would happen but I guess it's all part of becoming a full grown adult. One day you wake up and realize that the holidays suck, the marketing and stores suck for placing all this pressure on you to buy things, YOU are the one buying ALL the presents, all the birthdays in your family seem to band around the holidays, and not even the smell of Mami making pasteles can make all of the anxiety and bitterness go away. Bah Humbug!
"Hot House Flowers" warns of "effects of unregulated immigration" in a plot line about beautiful flowers that wither when dandelions sneak into their greenhouse."
It's intended to describe defense of home and defense of country, and the reasons for that defense," said Wilson, who self-published the book, listed on Amazon.com at $15.99.
The story tells of jealous weeds that hog all the water and soil in the greenhouse. The other flowers suffer, but don't do anything until it's almost too late - because they don't want to appear intolerant.
This is one book, I definitely won't be urging anyone to buy. I think the fact that someone with his credentials had to self-publish speaks for itself. I can't see anyone but hatemongers reading this "religious" tome to their kids.
Allende's latest novel, 'Ines of My Soul,' tells the tale of a real life Spanish seamstress, Ines Suarez, who wielded the sword as well as the needle, beheading her enemies, pulling arrows from soldiers' flesh, divining water in the desert and captivating the heart of Chilean conqueror Pedro de Valdivia
MIAMI - The Associated Press
Chilean author Isabel Allende's 1982 best-seller "House of Spirits" helped generate a wave of Latin American literature featuring heroines who dared cross geographic, political and social boundaries.
Now, the grande dame of Latina lit, whose books have been translated into 27 languages, is going back -- way back -- to the 16th century.
Her latest novel, "Ines of My Soul," tells the tale of a real life Spanish seamstress, Ines Suarez, who wielded the sword as well as the needle, beheading her enemies, pulling arrows from soldiers' flesh, divining water in the desert and captivating the heart of Chilean conqueror Pedro de Valdivia.
Like Allende's last novel, "Zorro," her new work is an action-packed view of the New World, closer in style to "Treasure Island," than the magical realism of "House of Spirits." It is being published this month in Spanish and English by Harper Collins.
Allende is not alone in her voyage back in time to the Spanish Conquest.
In September, Harper Collins' Rayo division released the English version of Nicaraguan poet and author Giocanda Belli's "The Scroll of Seduction," the story of the 16th century Spanish Queen Juana of Castile. Belli mixes the tale of the queen, better known as Juana the Mad, with the obsessive love story between a modern day history professor and a teenage orphan.
Earlier this year, Simon & Schuster's Atria Books published "Malinche," by Laura Esquivel, author of "Like Water for Chocolate," about the Aztec woman who helped Hernan Cortez conquer Mexico.
"People say, 'Why is everyone writing historical novels?"' joked Allende, who will present her book at the Miami Book Fair International this week along with Belli. "We don't call each other and say 'Hey, I'm writing about this.' It just happens to be in the air."
Mitchell Kaplan, the Miami fair's co-founder and owner of the four-store Books & Books chain, says the latest releases by Allende and Belli highlight the growing interest of major U.S. publishing houses in Hispanic literature both in English and Spanish. The authors will be reading in English from their books, a reminder that their influence now reaches far beyond the niche of "Latin American literature."
Both Allende and Belli see parallels in the Spanish conquerors' search for gold and today's tensions over oil in the Middle East.
"Greed has been the great motivation in history -- greed and power and sex are the great driving forces of men," Allende said.
Belli adds another theory.
"When one is in a situation in a world so convoluted as this one is, it's difficult to get distance and write about the situation. It's a way to get perspective and decipher what is happening," she said.
Juana's story highlights how little the situation has changed for many women, Belli said. The queen is locked away for 40 years and manipulated first by her husband, then by her father and eventually her son, the Emperor Charles V.
"In some Arab countries, women are still kept in the home. What happens under the Taliban isn't much different from what Juana faced. It seems unbelievable that 500 years later, women are still punished for their passion and for not following the rules," Belli said.
The two novels show the flip side of women's lives during the Spanish conquest. In Spain, Juana is called crazy when she refuses to choose between love and power.
"She is the opposite of Elizabeth I, who had to renounce her sexuality and femininity to succeed as a ruler," Belli said.
Juana's struggle is internal.
"I waged war for all those whom I loved. It was for me that I did not fight for," Juana says from her prison cell. "So much have I lost that I no longer care. Yet I have one last endeavor: to win myself for myself."
Allende shows what it took for a woman to survive on the other side of the castle walls -- and the world.
During one battle in Chile, Ines describes coming face-to-face with an Indian tribal leader.
"I remember that we faced each other -- he with a short lance and I with the sword I had to lift with both hands -- each crouched in identical postures, each furiously yelling terrible war cries, each with eyes boring into the other's..."
Ines, too, is betrayed by Valdivia, but in the New World, at least, it seems a woman could still carve out her own identity. Ines eventually discovers love and marriage with the Chilean governor, while Valdivia falls victim to his own avarice -- forced to drink the molten gold he fought for.
Allende refuses to gloss over the brutality of the soldiers while still drawing them as compelling characters. She describes the Mapuche, Inca and other tribes with detail but avoids whitewashing their violent acts.
"I tried not to be partial to anyone and not to idealize anyone," Allende said. "I come from a Mestizo culture. We may not like it, but we would not be who we are without the Spanish conquest."
Like their characters, Allende and Belli share more than a few similarities. Both were born to wealthy, educated families and sympathized with leftist political elements. Allende, 64, was a journalist who fled Chile after Agusto Pinochet's 1973 military coup toppled her uncle Salvador's government, eventually marrying an American and settling in San Francisco.
Belli, 58, joined Nicaragua's Sandinistas in the 1970s and held political posts while writing poetry before eventually becoming disillusioned with the party. She married an American, too, and splits her time between Los Angeles and Managua, serving as a spokeswoman for the splinter party, the Sandinista Renewal Movement.
But ultimately, both authors say it was the women's stories, waiting to be told, not politics, that inspired them to write.
As Ines says when she discovers water in the Chilean desert, "I can find water only where there is water. ... I can't create it."