Dr. Bradley Nassif wrote of it: “In just a few short pages, Father Lawrence explores difficult questions that have surrounded the biblical and patristic understanding of Mary’s place in the Church. These include such issues as Mary’s prefiguration in the Old Testament, sacramental and prophetic typologies, her perpetual virginity, holiness, bodily assumption into heaven, prayers, the interpretation of early Christian apocryphal and patristic literature, and dogmatic theology. I am aware of no other book on Mary that is as clear, substantial, and critically reliable as this one.”
Bishop Daniel (Brum), the OCA bishop fo Santa Rosa, wrote: “Father Lawrence Farley’s present work leads us through a study of Mary that is both insightful and probing, succinct and comprehensive. Re-discovering Mary: The Orthodox Understanding of the Mother of God, leads us through a welcomed and helpful study of Mary from the traditional Orthodox perspective, an approach which is set upon the solid ground of the scriptures, history, and Christian doctrine…There is something to be found in this work by everyone who seeks to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Scholars, teachers and students, and anyone who seeks to walk the authentic Christian path will find this look into Mary to be beneficial. I wholeheartedly recommend Father Lawrence’s work to all who are seeking to deepen their relationship with Mary and, through her, with her Divine Son.”
Fr. Chad Hatfield, the President of St. Vladimir’s Seminary wrote: “I predict this book will find a niche as a tool for parish classes and catechetical instruction.”
I hope that this work will prove a blessing.