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Our Lady of Fatima

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Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle has written a beautiful and deeply devotional book in 'Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers and Devotions'. A must read book, especially in 2017 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the start of the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal. 

The author tells the story of Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco in parts which are very easy to read and each part includes prayers and devotions that help the reader grow spiritually and to internalize the messages of Our Lady of Fatima. 

Of particular interest are the included quotes and writings from church leaders such as St. Pope John Paul II and of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It helps the reader to further see the importance of these events that occurred one hundred years ago, on a larger scale, particularly how the messages and petitions of Our Lady of Fatima affect numerous nations.

A significant part of the book is also about Mother Theresa, and her efforts to have a Miraculous Medal present in the Kremlin at the time of the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart. Of further interest, are the devotions that Our Lady calls all people to, such as the 'Five First Saturdays' devotion. A devotion that has been largely placed aside and forgotten, as many people simply concentrate on the prophesies of Fatima.

This book is a gem that will help anyone to live out the messages of the Blessed Mother of Fatima. It is a book very much directed at a Catholic audience already familiar with either the Catholic Church or some of its doctrines. It is also a very prayerful and devotional book that helps the reader integrate the extremely important messages of Our Lady of Fatima into their daily lives.

I recommend this book for readers who are curious about the apparitions of Fatima, and I extremely recommend this book for those who already know about Fatima. This book will help the reader deepen their faith and help them to integrate their efforts and actions with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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On May 13, 1917, almost a hundred years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary in the guise of Our Lady of Fátima appeared to three impoverished children, Lucia Santos and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions is a comprehensive and extensive tell-all guide that informs readers about everything from the story behind Fatima to special devotions. It is an excellent guide for those who are new to the idea of Our Lady of Fátima and who have no preexisting knowledge of the Marian apparition (and the events surrounding it). When I heard that the author was Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, I jumped on the chance to read and review this book. Ms. Cooper O'Boyle is a popular figure on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and she tells the tale of Our Lady of Fátima in such a relatable manner. Most importantly, Ms. Cooper O'Boyle points out how the apparition of Our Lady of Fátima is still relevant today and how we can apply it to our lives in the 21st century. 

There are a total of eleven chapters, covering everything from the various Fátima apparitions to the secrets of Fátima to the Miracle of the Dancing Sun to the consecration of Russia (to the Immaculate Heart of Mary) to what happened to the three children to the importance of Our Lady of Fátima's message today. Each chapter has three separate sections: "A Time to Reflect", " In my Own Life", and "Prayer." The first is a way for the reader to contemplate the message each chapter has to reveal and the second is the manner by which we can relate to the message. Yes,the Fátima apparitions were a hundred years ago but it is always good to be introspective and to see how it relates to our lives today. The prayer is a beautiful end to the chapter, inspiring the reader to pray to the Lord while learning more about Fátima.

At the conclusion of the book is the afterword by the author and two appendices: Appendix A and B. In the afterword, Ms. Cooper O'Boyle end her book in such a personal and relatable way. Appendix A contains Fátima Prayers, Devotions, Shrines and Resources, quite literally a treasure trove of information for the devout laity. Appendix B, is not as sizable as the preceding appendix but it contains Our Lady's Message on the Rosary. 

In closing, I would like to say that this was such an eye-opening and powerful read, so much so that I couldn't put it down. I've never seen anything this in-depth about Our Lady of Fátima, one of my favorite Marian apparitions. This is a must-have guide for all laity and religious, especially those who wish to deepen in their faith and to contemplate the miracles (and secrets) of Our of Lady of Fátima.

Reviewed by the Merry Wife of Windsor.

I graciously received "Our Lady of Fatima" by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle from Servant Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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A beautiful collection of devotions and prayers to our Lady.  Thank you for sharing it w/ me.  I have shared it w/ my reading friends.
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This was simply a lovely, thorough book. I went into it knowing very little about Our Lady of Fatima besides some of the whack-job end of the world theories based on it. (By the way, plenty of well-meaning Catholics think the world is gonna end this year because it’s the 100th anniversary. Consider yourself warned.)

Our Lady of Fatima: 100 years of stories, prayers, and devotions tells in great detail the story of the apparitions, the life stories of the three visionary peasant children, and the aftermath of the event. It gave me a lot of appreciation for this apparition. If you have been turned away in the past because these visions have been adopted by people predicting the end, I encourage you to give them a second look. There is much more to these visions.

Without knowing it, you may already been engaging in practices started by this apparition, such as the prayer ending each decade of the rosary:

“Oh my Jesus,                                                                                                                                 forgive us our sins,                                                                                                                           save us from the fires of Hell,                                                                                                           lead all souls to Heaven,                                                                                                       especially those in most need of thy mercy.”

Honestly, I didn’t know that prayer was from Fatima.You may have heard of the First Saturday devotion. It predates Fatima, but Our Lady really encouraged it at Fatima. You may have heard of the “secrets” of Fatima. They really aren’t that mysterious once you really look at them, but they are a great encouragement to work towards holiness.

And that’s really what this book and the whole of the apparition is all about: Holiness. All baptized Christians have been called to holiness in whatever vocation or state of life they find themselves in. Everyday we are called to follow our Lord more closely and many, many saints testify that the best way to do that is to follow our Lady.

I got the opportunity to read this book through my membership in NetGalley. Thank you Franciscan Media for this book! It will be available through your favorite bookseller on March 31. It is a bestselling pre-order on Amazon now!
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This book has so much more than other books about Fatima, you'll love it, Even if you are familiar with the story of the apparitions. Written in honor of the centennial of them, this book goes beyond because it spends so much time on what has happened in the last 100 years.

The story of the appearances of the Virgin, the secrets, and the visionaries is straightforward and very moving. Rather than go into how Fatima came to be approved, O'Boyle focuses first on the children, then on the visions Lucia had after she became a nun.

I liked that there were chapters on the devotions, especially the Five First Saturdays that Mary recommended. I liked that there was a chapter devoted to the Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart. These two important topics are often neglected.

One aspect of the book that really stood out for me was that O'Boyle had extensive quotes from contemporary experts on Fatima, from Lucia's own writings, from books on Fatima, and from Popes I never felt as if she was putting something in the book because it was the accepted thing to do or because folks expect something. She does not pander to the Spirit of the Age, i.e. 2017, in the book. Instead she sees Fatima, its recommendations, and its warnings as being very important to us all.
Each chapter of the book concludes with material to help our understanding of Fatima. There is a brief reflection. a section on applying it to our lives, and a prayer. Because many of these prayers should be used often, they are collected, along with other devotions and information in a very useful appendix.

It certainly is, to my mind, the essential book on Fatima.
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Good book in anyone interested in the history and meaning behind the visions of Our Lady of Fatima.
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