They say good things come in small packages. I’d like to add that powerful books come in small page counts. Such is the case with a book I recently read called Help for Suffering Humanity: Mary, Help of Christiansby the Rosary Doctor, Brian Kiczek. What he has done to promote the numerous ways in which the Blessed Virgin Mary has helped, and continues to help mankind in just a short 75 pages is nothing short of remarkable.
He leads the book off with a great chapter on exactly how Mary became the help of Christians. He discusses how Mary as a child prayed for the arrival of the Messiah. Yes, Mary was a practicing Jew and had no idea where her faith journey would take her.
This chapter is followed by an overview of just how Mary has helped humanity down through the ages. Brian looks at events such as the Battle of Lepanto and the Battle Vienna. The story of John Bosco and the role Mary played in his life is covered as well.
Of course, what would any book about Mary be without some discussion on the Rosary? Brian covers this powerful prayer as well and gives some tips on how to integrate it into your own daily prayer life. Sprinkled throughout the book are a number of useful Marian prayers that you should add to your prayer arsenal soon.
Overall, I found Help for Suffering Humanity a timely book that packed much within its pages. If you are looking for an overview of Mary and her role as an intercessor for us even to this day, then this book is a good option. This book would also make a superb gift idea to give to anyone on the fence about Mary, Marian devotion and her role in our world today.
Recently Brian and I spent some time chatting about this book on my Breadbox Media show Off The Shelf. You can listen to the archived show here.