Item description for Come and See: A Photojournalist's Journey into the World of Mother Teresa by Linda Schaefer...
Unlike most books of photographs about Mother Teresa, Come and See is very unique. It combines the text of a journal handwritten by photojournalist Linda Schaefer as well as some 160 full color photographs taken as she lived and worked with the Missionaries of Charities and the international team of volunteers in various facilities run by Mother Teresa throughout India. Schaefer had decided many years ago that she wanted to shoot a pictorial on Mother Teresa and her work. Finally in 1995 she had a brief encounter with the living saint during a visit to Atlanta. This renewed her passion to photograph the nun in her natural surroundings and share a different look at Mother Teresa with the world. This was not an easy task. Mother Teresa was opposed to "another book" about her. As she put it, "too many people are making money and none of it gets to the poor who really need it." After accepting a challenge from Mother Teresa to put her cameras down and go to work in the orphanages and houses of the dying, Schaefer finally received the answer to her prayers. Mother Teresa penned a note to Linda granting her complete and unfettered access to her facilities, the Missionaries of Charity, the international team of volunteers, and thousands of poor and sick. The result is a book that was created around the dictates of Mother Teresa. As she put it, she wanted the people who picked up this book to see "her world" -- the environment in which she lived and shared her love. She wanted viewers to actually "see, smell and hear" the real world in which she lived and worked.. She didn't want a book packed full of individual photos of herself, and so Schaefer's work portrays all of the component parts thatmade up the world of Mother Teresa. This is the focus of Come and See.
Awards and Recognitions Come and See: A Photojournalist's Journey into the World of Mother Teresa by Linda Schaefer has received the following awards and recognitions -
Independent Publisher Book Awards - 2004 Winner - Religion category
Citations And Professional Reviews Come and See: A Photojournalist's Journey into the World of Mother Teresa by Linda Schaefer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 10/01/2003
Booklist - 10/01/2003 page 287
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Studio: DC Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.27" Width: 8.84" Height: 0.63" Weight: 1.93 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2003
Publisher DC Press
ISBN 1932021086 ISBN13 9781932021080
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Compassion with no salvation Jul 23, 2007
I was shocked to read some quotes in the book from her. She was quoted twice as saying that she ..."doesn't make her religion exclusive"... That's a problem, because Jesus did. When Jesus said in John 14:6 "...I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." it doesn't GET more exclusive than that.
Then there's the quote "I do convert. I convert you to be a better Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Jain or Hundu. I want to help you find God. What you do with Him after you find Him is up to you." So, let me understand this. She helps them to be a better non-Christ follower, on their death beds, right before they go to Hell? Instead of speaking the words of eternal life to them and perhaps helping some to a saving knowledge of Christ? How compassionate is THAT? She was possibly the most compassionate person this last century, yet didn't share Christ the SAVIOR with anyone? Even the writer is quoted "I have come to terms that there are many paths to god, and there is no one right way." REALLY? Again, read John 14:6 and the whole new Testament. She goes on to say "Mother Theresa never asked me to convert. If she had, I might have seriously considered it". She didn't even reach out to the person doing her autopictography.
Consider this parable: People are on the Titanic, and it is sinking. Mother Theresa could be loading those who are willing into lifeboats, and save them. But instead, she is giving them pillows on the deck chairs, just minutes before they die a horrible death.
Or another parable: A DR. has a cure for AIDS in his pocket, and he is in a room full of AIDS patients who are dying. Instead of sharing the cure with them, she makes them comfortable during an agonizing death. IS THAT compassionate? Would someone as compassionate as Mother Theresa withhold the cure for sin? Why would she not give them the words of eternal life in Christ? The only answer is because she never possessed them herself.
I just returned from ministering in India myself, and the need there is great. To just go there and rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic while leaving them all as unsaved as when she found them is not compassionate at all. To withhold Christ from people is evil. This book and her life, while full of good works, is a perfect example of works with no salvation. There is no difference between her good works and the good works of unsaved Muslims, Jains, Buddhists,.... because they are all good works without Christ. How sad.
p.s. We are not saved by good works. We are saved by repentance and faith. John 3:3 "If you are not Born Again, you will not see the kingdom of God".
Come and See by Linda Schaefer Apr 20, 2005
This is a wonderful book depicting classic scenes of the Mother Teresa of Calcutta. There are pictures of the "Profession of Vows". The headquarters for the Missionaries of Charity are depicted in full color , as well as, a small group of lepers . In addition, there are many full length portraits of the Mother Teresa in a variety of missionary settings. The acquisition is well worth the price for historians, theologists and a wide constituency of academicians. A strength of the work is that the Mother Teresa is shown working within the historical context of helping the poor, sick and disadvantaged in Calcutta, India. This book would make a perfect acquisition for a student project on poverty .
A warm and heart-touching visual showcase Nov 14, 2003
Come And See: A Photojournalist's Journey Into The World Of Mother Teresa by Linda Schaefer (the last professional photographer granted personal written permission by Mother Teresa to photograph that sainted lady's work) is a warm and heart-touching visual showcase, lavishly illustrated with full color photographs of that hallowed Roman Catholic nun and the destitute and desperate people she spent her life striving to help. A thoughtful text contemplates the stirring captured images in this reverent, respectful, and joyful tribute.
A book for every collection Oct 22, 2003
This book is an absolute wonderful collection of photos and text that truly shows the life and works of the Blessed Mother Teresa. A book that should be on every bookshelf of those who appreciate the work of this most-giving individual.
Incredibly beautiful book! Oct 15, 2003
Linda Schaefer has done wonderful work in documenting her journey with Mother Teresa. Linda is a gifted photographer; she's used her gift for all of the world to see! This book will bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart. It's filled with a collection of beautiful photographs and the author's personal journal. You don't have to be of the Catholic faith to appreciate this work of art that will surely be a treasured book for years to come.