During the month of December we will be discussing Scot McKnight's
book The Real Mary
. The Christmas season is in reality the only time of year that many of us in Protestant traditions ever hear Mary mentioned at all. But beyond her fulfilling her role of birthing a son, she often remains a background figure, unimportant to the story of our faith. McKnight's book is written mainly to those from Evangelical traditions to help us expand our knowledge of who Mary is, but I hope that all of us, whatever our faith tradition, can use this discussion to come to a better understanding of a very strong and dynamic woman.
To start our discussion, I think it would be helpful for us to share what our experience with Mary has been.
- What do you know about Mary?
- What impressions do you have of Mary?
- How were the stories of Mary presented in your church tradition?
- Is discussing Mary natural for you, or does it seem slightly dangerous?
In reading this book I discovered a new perspective on Mary and elements of her character that I had never considered before. I look forward to exploring some of those here over the next few weeks as we discover together the story of a woman who is so much more than just a supporting character in the Christmas story.
Labels: Book Discussions, The Real Mary