Unraveling Jesus’ Life and Gospel Through the Four Sets of Mysteries

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Author’s newly published book will be featured at the 2011 American Library Association – Midwinter Book Exhibit

In the year 1208, a saintly Monk, St. Dominic, was walking in the forest praying when suddenly The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him. He was startled—frightened—but he still looked up at her. He saw her holding something in her hands—a wreath of roses, a rosary made of roses. She told him to use the rosary to preach the gospel story of her son, Jesus Christ. And that’s what this new picture-cum-prayer book is all about. In It’s A Mystery, author Deanna Dorr Siler shares Jesus’ story through the four sets of mysteries of the rosary: Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious.

Encapsulating the life of Jesus, these mysteries give a brief but significant glimpse of his life, from conception to death to resurrection. The Joyful Mysteries include the Annunciation: the appearance of Angel Gabriel to Mary to tell her she was to be the mother of Christ; the Visitation: when Mary excitedly told her cousin Elizabeth about the Good News; the Nativity: when Mary gave birth to the Savior at a stable in Bethlehem; the Presentation: when Joseph and Mary presented Jesus to the Temple as Jewish custom required; and Finding the Child Jesus Teaching in the Temple: when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus and found Him teaching the elders of the Temple. The Luminous Mysteries include the Baptism of Jesus: when John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus at the River Jordan; the Wedding Feast of Cana: when Jesus performed His first miracle by turning water into wine; Building the Kingdom: when Jesus sent forth His friends to start building the Kingdom of God; the Transfiguration: when Jesus’ disciples witnessed His transformation; and the Institution of the Eucharist: when Jesus and His friends celebrated the Passover. These and more events in the Gospels are divided and broken down into the Sorrowful Mysteries and Glorious Mysteries for easy recall and understanding.    

With vibrantly colored illustrations by artist Pauline Viall enhancing the descriptions of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, this book will make readers, especially the young ones, find it easy to remember and pray.

“It is very creatively done and I think it will have an appeal. I think it is brief and inspirational for a young audience.” — Bishop Patrick R. Cooney (ret.), Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Gaylord, Gaylord, MI

This book will be featured at the 2011 American Library Association-Midwinter Book Exhibit in San Diego, CA on January 7-11, 2011.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Deanna Dorr Siler lives with her husband, Bill, in Traverse City, Michigan. They have five children and five grandchildren. She has been an administrator and taught in Catholic Schools for thirty plus years. She has also been an adjunct professor of English at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Books and kids have been a big part of her life.

It’s A Mystery * by Deanna Dorr Siler
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Picture Book; $31.99; 48 pages; 978-1-4535-9425-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $41.99; 48 pages; 978-1-4535-9426-1

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