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published:  Sept 2005

pages:  333

review by:  Linda (St. Ann Parishioner)

REVIEW:  This book is easy to read & is packed full of warm hearted sense of humor, of her courage & challenges of “Rita Rizzo” life whom later would become known as Mother Angelica. 

This book tell of Rita’s (Mother Angelica) uphill climb of a hard life from being raised by unstable parents, eventually abandoned by her cruel father who never wanted her, who grew up in poverty, raised by her divorced mother who suffered from suicidal depressions.  Rita Rizzo was quiet, but in time she found that she liked to perform with sass & spunk in front of her high school as their first female drum majorette.  Rita would later suffer in her teen years from major stomach issues brought on by a nerve condition, in which to be miraculously cured in 1940, and at that time she found her spouse, Jesus. 

Rita would have to sneak away to join a convent so her mother wouldn’t find out.  Mother Angelica with only $200.00 in her pocket would singlehandedly build & oversee construction of EWTN from the ground floor to become a religious media empire through her Catholic cable network, EWTN.  Under her guidance, the Eternal Word Television Network grew at a staggering pace, both in viewership and in influence, to where it now reaches over a hundred million viewers in hundreds of countries around the globe

This book is well written by Raymond Arroyo who tells her biography of her strong sense of the woman who enrages liberals, delights conservatives, but is respected by almost all Catholics, driven by her love for her spouse, Jesus Christ.  Well worth the time in reading about this book.  In my opinion this book is a 5 star book and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a good book.

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