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By Mother Teresa

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A Simple Path
Large Print Edition
By Mother Teresa
Compiled by Lucinda Vardey
Random House - Large Print, (1995)
ISBN: 0-679-44231-6
Genre: Biography, Religion - Catholic

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - April 3, 2002

It is doubtful that there is anyone in the world who has not heard of the name 'Mother Teresa'. The founder of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping the poorest of the poor, the sick, and the dying in Calcutta, India. Her life was one of selfless devotion and self-sacrifice. A Simple Path is a compilation of Mother Teresa's thoughts on her life, her work, and her faith, and it explains how she came to work with the poor in India. In this unpretentious book, she also offers the reader a glimpse of what her day to day life is like.

Mother Teresa was born in Albania in 1910 and she died in Calcutta in 1997. She joined the Sisters of Loreto when she was eighteen, and she took her final vows as a nun in 1931. Although Mother Teresa spent some time in Ireland, most of her career was spent working in India, initially as a high school teacher. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with the poor. Besides allowing Mother Teresa to speak for herself, this book also allows those who served with her to offer their own insights into her work. Additionally, information about how this book came to be written and why it was thought necessary to write this book, is also included. The reason for writing it is as compelling as the message that it delivers. A message that serves to explain why so many men and women are willing to 'give up a normal life' to serve in the Missionaries of Charity, at time when other Catholic organizations are finding it difficult to recruit new members.

Since the founding of Missionaries of Charity, branches have sprung up the world over. Now, members of the Missionaries of Charity can be found working not just in India, but also in such diverse locales as the Bronx, in New York and Tanzania. The Missionaries of Charity have expanded their role as their ranks have swelled with volunteers, both professed and lay members. This influx of members has allowed the group to take on the task of serving not only the poor and the dying, but also prostitutes, battered women, and orphans - to name but a few of the numerous good-works that they do.

A Simple Path includes a short biography of Mother Teresa, written by Lucinda Vardey, and an overview of the structure and function of the Missionaries of Charity. Infused with Mother Teresa's spiritual musings, prayers, and explanations of faith, A Simple Path will inspire Christian's of all denominations with it's simple message and intimate examination of Mother Teresa's life and work.

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