Her book deals openly with the truth that parenting can be a "School of Surrender" that needs Mary's example
How do you walk with your children during times of fear, struggle and crisis? Do you feel that nothing you do will ever be enough? Where and how do you find peace? Aleteia posed six questions to theologian and writer Judy Landrieu Klein about her latest book, Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God.
1) What inspired the book?
Mary’s Way was born out of my own frustration over reading Catholic books about parenting that didn’t seem to address the kind of serious real life problems and suffering I was dealing with as a mother. I wanted to offer an honest, vulnerable story of surrender in the midst of suffering modeled on the life of Mary. I also wanted to debunk a Catholic version of the “prosperity gospel” which suggests that if I do it all right, pray enough prayers and novenas and am holy enough, my life will turn out swimmingly well. When I really meditated on the life of Mary, this clearly wasn’t the case. The holiest woman that ever lived–the sinless Mother of God–watched her Son die a brutal, violent death upon the Cross labeled a blasphemer and a criminal. If Mary did it all “right,” then how did it turn out so “wrong”? She would never pass the test of “blessing” put forth by the “prosperity gospel” today, yet she was the most blessed woman who ever lived. These are some of the questions I wanted to wrestle with in the book.
2) If you could give this book another title, what would it be?
“Parenting with Mary in the School of Surrender”
4) Did writing this book teach you anything?
Yes it did! It taught me many lessons that I am still learning, including the central lesson of entrusting our children completely to God and trusting him to take care of them. That’s an ongoing lesson for parents and it’s one I hope to encourage people to take seriously through Mary’s Way.
5) If there is one person you want to reach with this book, who would that be?
I would want to reach the parent who is beating their head against the wall asking God constantly, “What am I doing wrong?” I hope this book will give such a parent the courage to let go and let God, and that it will give them not only peace, but concrete help in letting go through the prayers offered at the end of every chapter.
6) What is the ideal beverage to have in hand while reading your book?
Coffee if I’m reading in the morning and maybe a glass of wine if I’m reading at night. Or perhaps limoncello, because I like to say that when life gives us lemons, God makes limoncello!