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Stories of Maria of Agreda's exceptional attributes spread from her cloistered convent in seventeenth-century Agreda, Spain, to the court in Madrid, and beyond. Without leaving her village, the abbess impacted the kingdom, her church, and the New World. Based upon her transcendent visionary experiences, Sor Maria chronicled the life of Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth, in the Mystical City of God. This work was temporarily condemned during the Spanish Inquisition.
In America, reports emerged that she had miraculously appeared to Jumano Native Americans - a feat corroborated by witnesses in Spain, Texas, and New Mexico, where she is known as the legendary "Lady in Blue."
Today, Sor Maria is lauded in Spain as one of the most influential women in its history, and in the United States as an inspiring pioneer. Fedewa's biography of this spirited abbess integrates voluminous autobiographical, historical, and literary sources published by and about Maria of Agreda.
©2009 University of New Mexico Press (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks
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"Marilyn Fedewa has written a stirring portrait of María of Ágreda, a brilliant, remarkable player in major spiritual and secular events of her age." (Kenneth A. Briggs, former religion editor for The New York Times)
"A fascinating biography of an extraordinary woman told from the perspective of her 17th-century Spanish religious culture." (Clark A. Colahan, author of Visions of Sor María de Ágreda: Writing Knowledge and Power)
"Beyond any doubt, this book by Dr. Fedewa is an outstanding contribution to the researching of the Catholic heritage of the American Southwest, especially that of Texas and New Mexico. This work is one that should bring the author many accolades." (Southwestern Historical Quarterly)
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By Cynthia M. Puett on 06-10-17

Great book!

This book was very intriguing and informative! I highly recommend it to any faithful Catholic.

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By Reg on 05-23-17

Life Changing

Seriously, I feel as if this book changed my life. Reading about this slight woman, who at an early age was lifted up and shown truths by God and Mary, mother of Jesus, was inspiring and prompted me to buy the Mystical City of God right after finishing this wonderful listen. I have also returned to praying and meditation in a way I haven't for years. My only challenge has been finding translation of Maria’s correspondence with King Felipé. I have not been able to find this correspondence in book form or audiobook format or the Mystical City of God in audio format.

Listening to how Maria’s privacy was invaded as a child and young adult, how she was forced to correspond and pray for an immature king as an abbess, and interrogated by the Spanish Inquisition for her visions and translocation to convert the Jumano Indian tribe in Texas was inspiring and I am amazed how her faith kept her strong spiritually throughout her life. I am astonished and disappointed she has not been declared a saint already and hope that the way is cleared soon. Sor Maria deserves sainthood for her good works.

The book itself is really well written and engaging from beginning to end. So much so that I can see myself returning to it again and again and gleaning new bits of information each time.

The narration by Kelly Hazen was good and the names pronounced admirably. The tone and cadence of the material was right for this material at all times. I listened on 1.5 speed as is my norm.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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By Emily on 05-03-17

The Mystical Lady in Blue

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very good history of Maria of Agreda, known as the Mystical Lady in Blue. Her simplicity is so different to other historical figures, and she lived in Spain, and then in a convent, never leaving.
Marilyn Fedewa did an amazing job with this novel, with much preparation and research. Her writing style is very good, with an easy flowing style that makes reading or, as in my case, listening quite enjoyable.
The narrator, Kelley Hazen, is also a brilliant choice for this audiobook.

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By Caroline on 02-06-16

Boring and repetitive.

I would not recommend this book unless it was to someone I don't like!! Awful

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