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Publisher's Summary

Through beautiful prose and inspiring meditations, Caryll Houselander depicts the intimately human side of Mary, Mother of God, as an empty reed waiting for God's music to be played through her. Lovingly bringing Our Lady down off her time-honored, ancient pedestal, Houselander shares her insightful and beautiful vision of Mary on earth, Mary among us, Mary as a confused but trusting teenager whose holiness flowered with her eternal "Yes". With profound theological teachings and appealing imagery, The Reed of God is a spiritual classic.

©2006 Ave Maria Press (P)2007 St. Anthony Messenger Press

Critic Reviews

"This wonderful book gives us a priviledged peek into the soul of a holy woman as she engages beautiful biblical texts in prayer. In ways witty and winsome, Houselander teaches us to unite our will with God's will, as the Blessed Virgin Mary did." (Scott Hahn, author of Hail, Holy Queen and A Father Who Keeps His Promises)
"Caryll Houselander profoundly influenced my spirituality. Her practical, earthy approach refreshes my sense of the Holy and encourages me to seek the divine presence in what is most ordinary." (Joyce Rupp, author of Praying Our Goodbyes and The Star in My Heart)
"Today, when devotion to the Virgin Mary is frequently misunderstood, The Reed of God is much needed.... Through a series of meditations on moments in Mary's life, Houselander discusses the spiritual journey of all Christians seeking sanctity." (John Wauck, New Oxford Review)

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  • 06-10-16

A Must Read for Advent.

This classic will prepare your heart for a blessed Christmas season like no other Marian meditation.

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  • Dawn Schaaf
  • 24-03-21

We are in need of this book.

A wonderful reminder of how we are all called to be Christ-like. Uplifting. Hopeful. A breath of God breathed into the Spirit.

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  • Tricsy
  • 10-03-21

Such a good read

This book made me stop and contemplate like no other book has. It helped me search trough deep parts of my heart.

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  • Fr. Edward Looney, STB, Mdiv
  • 16-01-20

I’ve waited to listen to this

This was a book that came highly recommended. Not having enough time for print, grateful for the audio. Definitely will listen to it again.

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  • Jeff Jay
  • 09-02-19

A spiritual masterpiece

I paused the audio numerous times to ponder the luminous prose. Don’t miss this classic.

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  • Helen S.
  • 16-01-19

Beautiful!!

The Reed of God is beyond beautiful and one of the best writings on our blessed Lady. Thank you!

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  • Mae Mitchell
  • 01-10-18

CALM

I ENJOYED this book very much. It's so simply written byCaryll Houselander and narrated with equal calmness my Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg.


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  • Sarah Cain
  • 12-01-22

If you enjoy poetry...

There was some real pearls of wisdom in this book. I'm sure that it would be inspirational for many and comforting for others. However, the poetic tone that so many enjoy about this book I found to be distracting and even annoying.

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  • 02-02-21

The Reed of God

This book is inspirational . It overflows with tenderness and empathy. Spirituality at its strongest.