I dedicated my book to my wonderful, supportive, loving husband and my five most precious gifts from God, my sons; but although She is not mentioned in the dedication, the entire book is actually dedicated to the Blessed Mother, too. I tried to honor Her through my writing, and I hope I have done Her justice (as if any mere mortal ever could).
I have worn a Miraculous Medal constantly for about 15 years now, to show my devotion to the Virgin Mary--and I believe that She interceded for me and gave me the aid I needed when I hit patches of "writer's block" during the four-and-a-half year writing process. Today, as the weight is lifted from my shoulders--and I realize that even if I missed a typo here or there, I have done the very best that I can do--I wish to thank Her for being there and giving me the gentle nudges I needed along the way.
For graces received, I want to thank Mary, Our Mother (the most generous and loving of mothers!) with all my heart.
(Note that Mary is actually reading a book here ! This illustration was taken from one of the pages of a free calendar that we received in the mail yesterday. I thought it was the perfect illustration for this blog post.)