Born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, Mother Angelica was abandoned by her father and raised in poverty by a mother who suffered suicidal depressions. Awakened to the power of prayer, at age 21 Rita vowed to dedicate her life to God and become a cloistered nun. She expected to spend her life hidden from the world. But Rita's faith compelled her to unlikely endeavors, accomplishing what the highest echelon of the Catholic Church could not.
This engrossing biography traces Mother Angelica's tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, inside and outside of her church. It is an inspiring story of survival and proof that one woman's faith can move more than mountains.
"In Raymond Arroyo's entertaining Mother Angelica, she emerges as a daring entrepreneur who really did do it all for God." (Wall Street Journal)
"Mother Angelica...may well be the patron saint of CEOs. Buy this book and be inspired." (Lee Iacocca)
"A rattling good story of fear, faith, courage and bulldog tenacity--beautifully told." (George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II)
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great story, beautifully told
- Anthony Pannone