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Mary: Shadow of Grace

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Published: February 2007
Publisher: New City Press
ISBN: 1565482603
ISBN 13:
Paperback: 192 page



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Description:  In the extraordinarily personal style we have come to expect from McKenna, the reader sees Mary as never before, through the scriptures, and through the meditations on her life and meaning for Christians today. McKenna’s reflections begin with the story of Our Lady of Guadelupe and end with the watch at Calvary.

“A study of the life of the Blessed Mother from a lay woman with extraordinary writing ability is a real treat. A most refreshing book.”
– Our Sunday Visitor

“McKenna is a storyteller with a passion for justice, and this book is marvelous prose. It is an excellent choice for reflection on Marian celebrations throughout the church year.” – National Catholic Reporter

“Using Scripture as a guide, McKenna helps us to see the image of Mary that is shaped by the stories of the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Incarnation, the Presentation, her marriage to Joseph, her discipleship, the wedding at Cana, the cross, and the Book of Revelation. The image that develops out of these stories is altogether different from the one our culture creates.” – Liguorian

“Those looking for fresh and insightful spiritual reading on Mary will appreciate this contribution.” – The Bible Today


on-your-markOn Your Mark: Reading Mark in the Shadow of the Cross

Published: March 2006
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 1570756341
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Paperback: 240 pages


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Description:  A powerful reading of the Gospel of Mark that lays out the requirements of Christian discipleship.


The Gospel of Mark, as read by Megan McKenna, becomes a roadmap for Christian discipleship. As McKenna works her way through the Gospel, she opens up the meaning of the texts and demonstrates what they may have meant to the disciples and to the community that became the early church. A master storyteller, she also presents stories that reinforce the texts of the Gospel. And, for her, the crux of the matter is what this Gospel says to us today.

In the author’s words, “We must walk with the companions of Jesus, with Peter, James, John and the others, men and women like us, and listen to the Word of God in Jesus. We must let the Gospel convict us, convert us, confirm us and call us to repentance.”


praying-the-rosaryPraying the Rosary

Published: April 2004
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0385510829
ISBN 13:
Hardcover: 272 pages




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Description:  Internationally acclaimed author Megan McKenna gives this Catholic tradition enriched modern relevance in a completely up-to-date guide to praying the Rosary, designed for general readers and incorporating the recent additions made by Pope John Paul II.

As a speaker, teacher, and bestselling Catholic author, Megan McKenna has informed and inspired audiences both in- and outside of the Catholic tradition with her warmhearted, contemporary approach to spirituality. Now she turns her attention to the Rosary, revealing the universality of this ancient practice and how it can enrich lives today.

Praying the Rosary—the act of counting off prayers with a string of beads in a rhythm of focused spiritual contemplation—is a practice that has existed for centuries and is common to many faiths. For the world’s one billion Catholics it has become the most popular form of devotion. Though strongly associated with the Virgin Mary, the prayers of the Rosary are ultimately meant to bring those who say them closer to Jesus Christ, whose life and teachings are central to all branches of the Christian faith. This gives the Rosary an ecumenical dimension that is in sync with today’s emphasis on the common bonds, rather than the divisions, among all Christians. In 2002, Pope John Paul II updated the Rosary by adding a new section on the teachings of Jesus, further emphasizing the centrality of Christ and the biblical Gospels at the heart of the prayers.

Embracing this ecumenical attitude in Praying the Rosary, Megan McKenna explores the Rosary and explains how to pray it, incorporating the Pope’s recent additions and revealing its relevance to a new generation. She breaks down the Rosary into its twenty components, prefacing each with a selection from Scripture that identifies the prayer’s source in the Bible. Combining practical instruction with meditative reflections on the prayer’s spirituality, she reveals the Rosary’s richly contemplative nature and shows how praying the Rosary can inspire peaceful, calm attitudes, and an awareness of the universal spiritual mystery that connects all Christians.


she-who-brings-peaceShe Who Bring Peace

Published: July 2003
Publisher: Pax Christi USA
ISBN: 0974380407
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Paperback: 62 pages



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Description:  This book is about SHE, about Woman, about Women from all parts of the globe, all languages, races, religions, nations and economic levels. It begins with the Woman Mary, she who, we believe as Christians, gave birth to PEACE in the child of Jesus. All the religions and people of the world have women who, like Mary, bring this Peace into the world and image for those who believe and hope in Peace what it looks like in flesh and blood, in work and prayer.


send-my-roots-rainSend My Roots Rains: A Spirituality of Justice and Mercy

Published: April 2003
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0385502370
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Hardcover: 352 pages



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Description:  McKenna studies the roots of justice and mercy in this pensive book of Christian reflections. She’s onto compelling and important themes-especially since, as she says, justice and mercy are so easily misunderstood. “We tend to think of them as opposing forces and actions,” she writes. “But the tradition of the Judeo-Christian world is that somehow mysteriously the Holy One holds them bound together, like intertwined roots of a great tree.” Drawing upon scripture, Christian poetry and parables from Hindu, Zen, Native American, Jewish and other traditions, McKenna shows how justice and mercy need to be understood in spiritual terms before they can be effectively delivered. As a Catholic retreat leader and spiritual director, McKenna knows how to provoke readers into facing themselves. Which do we want-a merciful God or a just God? How can we really understand “justice” and “mercy” without facing the basic hypocrisy that we want justice for others and mercy for ourselves? Christians who are seeking specific advice on how to live a more merciful and just life will be disappointed; McKenna’s ambition is to ponder great poetry and spiritual stories and illuminate them through a Christian lens. This makes for a contemplative, wandering book that’s perfect for individual reflection or study groups. The title was inspired from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, who prayed, “Mine, O thou Lord of life, send my roots rain.” This is not unlike McKenna’s mission: to nourish and satiate the deeper teachings of Christianity.

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