Mother Angelica by Raymond Arroyo
The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles

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The extraordinary saga of Mother Angelica, founder of the multimillion-dollar Eternal Word Television Network and “the most influential Catholic woman in America” according to Time magazine

In 1981, the year after Ted Turner founded CNN, a simple nun, using merely her entrepreneurial instincts and $200, launched what would become the world’s largest religious media empire in the garage of a Birmingham, Alabama, monastery. 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.

Born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, in 1923, Mother Angelica was abandoned by her father and raised in poverty by a mother who suffered from suicidal depressions. As a young woman, Rita developed severe abdominal pain that doctors dismissed as a “nervous condition,” but when she sought the prayers of a local mystic, her symptoms disappeared. Awakened to the power of prayer, she vowed to dedicate her life to God and became a cloistered nun, expecting to spend her life hidden from the world. But Rita’s faith soon compelled her to unlikely endeavors, from establishing a monastery in Alabama to starting the world’s first Catholic cable network. Relying solely on “God’s providence,” Mother Angelica built an empire without concern for budgets or fund-raising campaigns, achieving what even the highest levels of the Catholic Church had been unable to do.

Raymond Arroyo combines his journalist’s objectivity and eye for detail with more than five years of exclusive interviews with Mother Angelica. He traces Mother Angelica’s tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, both inside and outside of her church. It is an inspiring story of survival and proof that one woman’s faith can move more than mountains.

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MOTHER ANGELICA, born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, established Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1961. Twenty years later, she founded the Eternal World Television Network, which reaches more than 184 million TV viewers and radio listeners around the world. RAYMOND ARROYO is the news director and lead anchor of EWTN News. As host of the award-winning The World Over, he is seen in more than 148 million households each week. He is author of the New York Times bestselling biography of Mother Angelica and regularly appears on network and cable television and on radio.
Published December 18, 2007 by Image. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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