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Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines

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From the cross Jesus gave us his mother to be our mother, too: a singularly holy model, consoler, and intercessor for our spiritual journey. Yet most Protestants—and too many Catholics—don’t understand the role that God wants her to play in our lives.

In Behold Your Mother, Tim Staples takes you through the Church’s teachings about the Blessed Virgin Mary, showing their firm Scriptural and historical roots and dismantling the objections of those who mistakenly believe that Mary competes for the attention due Christ alone.

Combining the best recent scholarship with a convert’s in-depth knowledge of the arguments, Staples has assembled the most thorough and useful Marian apologetic you’ll find anywhere.

He also shows how all the Marian doctrines are relevant—even essential—to a salvific faith in Jesus. From her divine maternity to her perpetual virginity, from her Immaculate Conception to her Assumption, the Church’s core teachings about Mary are intertwined with the mysteries of Christ. In a word, Mary matters.

Read Behold Your Mother and find out just how much.

"The greatest doctrinal obstacle to my return to the Catholic Church was fear that Catholics had no basis for—or boundaries on—the Marian dogmas. If only Tim Staples had written Behold Your Mother then! His presentation is fearless, precise, biblically wise, historically rooted, and popular in expression. He addresses objections I haven’t seen addressed elsewhere. I can’t think of a more insightful, comprehensive single volume that persuades so thoroughly. Great, truly great, piece of apologetics." —Al Kresta, president, Ave Maria Communications and host of Kresta in the Afternoon

"Tim Staples respectfully but clearly answers every conceivable Protestant objection to Mary, the Mother of God. With the street cred of one who has been there, Tim backs up his words with Scripture every time.  His answers are exhaustive but not exhausting!  An invaluable book for thoughtful, truth-seeking Christians." —Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., EWTN host and author of Mary: Virgin, Mother, and Queen

"Tim Staples presents a remarkable defense of the six major Marian doctrines, including a veritable compendium of source material from the Bible, Fathers, and Church documents. He gives clear presentations of the controversial issues surrounding each doctrine, makes careful definitions and distinctions, and thinks his way through each issue as if he were having a conversation with the reader. Even well-informed readers will benefit from this engaging book."  —Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., president, Magis Center of Reason and Faith  

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Tim Staples
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10 Reviews

  • 5
    *Will absolutely love this book!

    Posted by DP on Nov 20th 2023

    *Very wonderful book!

  • 5
    Very Interesting

    Posted by Betsy Parker on Sep 27th 2023

    This is the greatest book I ever read about Mary, and I'm not finished reading it yet but I hope to finish it by the end of October this year.

  • 5

    Posted by Paul Curry on Jun 23rd 2023

    The best book you will read, from an apologist perspective, that you will find on our Blessed Mother. Even if you just want to get to know our Blessed Mother a little bit better, her place in God's divine plan, etc, then this is the book.

  • 5
    Behold Your Mother

    Posted by Unknown on May 4th 2023

    This book is useful as a gift to Protestant friends who may not understand Catholic beliefs about Mary.

  • 5

    Posted by Joel Zayas on Dec 7th 2022

    Coming from a misinformed background. This is one of the best books to come to a clearer understanding of the blessed mother.

  • 5
    Behold Your Mother

    Posted by Dietrich Homer on Nov 9th 2022

    This book did not disappoint. I consider this book a critical piece in my library. In understanding the beauty and love of Our Lady this draws you closer to Christ. In understanding Our Lady this book helps highlight even more of how much God loves us. A must buy for any Catholic. Know Mary, Know Christ!

  • 5
    Excellent....loved it.

    Posted by Lola Staples on Aug 27th 2021

    Very informing, I learned a lot!

  • 5
    Behold a Great Book on Our Mother

    Posted by Emily Polasek on Aug 26th 2021

    Tim Staples tackles nearly every topic about Mary in a concise and charitable way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about how to defend the Marian dogmas.

  • 3
    Behold Your Mother

    Posted by Ernesto de Armas on Dec 29th 2020

    Not a negative review, just that for me this book goes way much deeper than I was looking for. I get lost in the intricate details and comparisons. A simpler approach with everyday language would have been preferred.

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