Searching for Mary: an exploration of Marian apparitions across the U.S.

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Plume, Apr 1, 1998 - Religion - 238 pages
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Thousands of people are flocking to sites where apparitions of the Virgin Mary are said to be appearing. This growing phenomenon has become more than just a following. Searching for Mary is a personal account of Mark Garvey's travels to nine sites across the United States-from Bayside, New York, to Conyers, Georgia, to California City, California-where the visions have been seen. Through conversations with those attending the events, the mystery, spectacle, uncertainty, and absurdity that is often a part of this Marian worship is revealed.Casting a critical, journalistic eye on the thriving congregation, Garvey puts the cults of Mary in psychological and historical perspective. Providing the intellectual background necessary for a full understanding of what draws believers in, Garvey also discloses the questionable validity of the apparitions and the disapproval of the Catholic Church. Searching for Mary is an enlightening look at a fascinating phenomenon nearly as old as Christianity itself. This is an ever-growing phenomenon; apparitions continue to be reported all over the world. Mark Garvey's unique, worldly, personal approach is witty and endearing, appealing to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Searching for Mary is the only book of its kind. Garvey visits nine sites throughout the United States, giving this book regional appeal.

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Visitations by Mary, the mother of Jesus, have been reported throughout history in many parts of the world. A journalist and editor of Writer's Market, Garvey visits nine pilgrimage sites in the ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Mark Garvey is a twenty-year veteran of the book publishing industry, including six years at the helm of"Writer's Market "and years of nonfiction acquisition and development editing. His passion for "The Elements of Style" is genuine, and he often urges it on the authors who work for him?usually to good effect.


Mark's feature articles have appeared in a variety of national and regional consumer magazines, including "The Oxford American", "Writer's Digest", "Walking", and "Guitar Player". His feature writing for "The Oxford American" received an honorable mention in "The Best American Travel Writing 2000" (Houghton Mifflin). Mark's first book, "Searching for Mary", was published by Dutton in 1998. His second book, "Come Together: The Official John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Guide to Music and Video", was published in 2006 by Thomson. He currently works as an Executive Editor at Course Technology, a business and technology book publisher.

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