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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Whatever else you do, you owe it to yourself...
An astounding testament.
Raymond Arroyo's performance is incredible, as his quotes take on the voices of their subjects in a way that is both apt, illuminative, and always entertaining.
This book actually made me both laugh and tear up.
The book is truly an action-packed 333 pages, and the audible rendering stands wonderfully on its own.
- Robert R. Kunz Jr. "rrk"