Von Speyr's masterpiece on the life, attitude, and prayer of the Mother of God. She shows how Mary's assent to God's will, as personified in her fiat, "let it be done to me according to thy word", is what defines and sanctifies every aspect of her life. New insights into Mary's holiness, suffering, prayer, and her role of spiritual motherhood for all mankind.
Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967) was a Swiss medical doctor, a convert to Catholicism, a mystic, and an author of more than sixty books on spirituality and theology. She collaborated closely with theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, her confessor for twenty-seven years, and together they founded the Community of Saint John. Her numerous books, published by Ignatius Press, are a major contribution to the wisdom of the Church. Among her most important works are Book of All Saints, Confession, The World of Prayer, Handmaid of the Lord, and The Passion from Within.