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A Child Shall Lead Them: Stories of Transformed Young Lives at Medjugorjeby Wayne Weible
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This collection of stories and anecdotes from Medjugorje covers a full range of emotions, trials and miracles; from heartbreak to intense happiness. Each chapter ends with a monthly message given by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje.
"Readers searching for a syrupy dose of Christian inspiration with a strong Catholic flavor need look no further. Weible, author of two books about appearances of the Virgin Mary and her messages to children for over two decades in Medjugorje, now in Bosnia, gathers stories by young people whose lives have been affected by this holy site. This is a potentially fascinating topic, but the title says it all, since Weible's overall message (repeated many times) is that childlike innocence is God's answer to everything, as mediated by Mary. In a world corrupted by sex, drugs, alcohol and family dysfunction, everyone must strive to become 'once again, a little child of God' if not still a child already. Weible assumes a Catholic, believing audience and is as severe in his condemnation of sex and drugs as virtually irreparable pollutants among the faithful as he is self-aggrandizing in his role as storyteller of all things Medjugorje-inspired (at one point describing himself literally acting for Mary at a talk). Readers will come away either skeptical of Weible's claims that a visit to Medjugorje is a cure-all for sin, or inspired by the idea that Medjugorje is the all-purpose Catholic answer to evil in this world." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In the village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Hercegovina, six teenagers - two boys and four girls - began to report seeing visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the summer of 1981. Since then, millions of people have made pilgrimages to this remote mountain village, where the messages of Mary give hope and comfort to those who are needy, suffering, or searching.
After nearly 24 years of daily appearances to these children - all of whom are now adults, married and with children of their own - the fruits of conversion continue to serve as a testament to their initial claim, writes Weible. Not surprisingly, the most dramatic of these conversions are those of young people, beginning with the visionaries themselves.
A Child Shall Lead Them is a collection of such stories and anecdotes from Medjugorje. They cover a full range of emotions, trials, and miracles; from heartbreak to intense happiness. In all of them there is solid proof of what happens when a heart is converted to that of a child: a return to innocence, and an openness and receptivity to faith. Each chapter ends with a monthly message given by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje.
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