Item description for Edith Stein: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, Michael Linssen & Susanne M. Batzdorff...
Overview Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant professor, an intellectual, a philosopher, a feminist, and a Jew. She was also a convert, a contemplative nun, a martyr of the Holocaust. Now she is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Better known as Edith Stein, she is perhaps the most controversial saint in recent history. Award-winning journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda shows how this complex woman, her culture, and the pivotal period of history in which she lived and died can lead Catholics to holiness today. More than a biography, this gripping account calls to mind the struggle with truth, Faith, and prayer all of us must ultimately face.
Publishers Description Edith Stein's life was one of the most dramatic of the 20th century. This book is a loving portrait, carefully balancing her dramatic outer life with her beautiful and contemplative inner life.
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More About Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, Michael Linssen & Susanne M. Batzdorff
Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda has received nine CPA awards in the last four years, including three for her coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. In 1997 she received the Goldia D. Cooksey Memorial Award for Critical Essays and Creative Writing."
Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda currently resides in Norman, in the state of Oklahoma. Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda was born in 1960.
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Excellent Nov 9, 2006
This is an easy to read beginners biography on Edith Stein: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. It tells her life story and how she freely offered herself for the conversion of others. She grew up Jewish and became Catholic after searching for the truth, and then finally coming across the truth, when she read St. Teresa of Avila's Autobiography. You will truly come to know Edith Stein and feel close to her after reading this book.
Wonderful introduction to the life of St. Edith Stein! Feb 25, 2006
This book is a wonderful introduction to the life of Catholic and Jewish martyr, philosopher, professor, nun, feminist, and saint who died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Scaperlanda does a great job of introducing the reader to her philosophy, personality, background, and amazing faith. If you enjoy this book, I reccomend "Knowledge and Faith" and "Life in a Jewish Family", both by Edith Stein.
Saint Teresa Benedicta a Cruce Jul 29, 2004
This is story of a simple and devoted Carmelite nun. It is a wonderful story that not only gives biographical information it also incorporates a lot of Edith Stein's (Saint Teresa Benedicta a Cruce (Latin)personal philosophy and her feelings on femininism in society. It also shares her exceptional faith and devotion to God, even in the face of death. The book tells of her life, her entry into the Carmelite cloister and then her death in the Nazi camp, Auschwitz, Poland. It is a truly inspiraional and beautifully written book of one woman's courage and devotion.
Strands woven into a fine book Nov 8, 2001
I really like how this author has woven a story out of the several strands - of Edith's own writings - of others who have written about her - of the history of the Jews in Germany - and of the life and times of Adolf Hitler as it affected Edith's life and that of millions of Jews and Christians. The author has braided together some wonderful connections that set Edith's life in the context of her times and of our times. I found special joy in these connections because I have read almost all of the sources - primary and secondary - separately - and it is good to see them woven together with spiritual meanings. This book now holds a place of prominece on my Edith Stein shelf of books.
Fascinating Modern Saint Jul 22, 2001
Maria Scaperlanda's book on Edith Stein provides those unfamilar with this fascinating, modern Saint with a great introduction to her life and thought. The reader will be able to follow Edith Stein on her passionate life journey, sustained by her desire to find truth, first pursued in philosophy and finally completed in her embrace of Catholicism and life as a contemplative, Carmelite religious. Although there are various books about Edith Stein on the market, Maria Scaperlanda's work is the best work to provide the reader with an introduction to Edith Stein and guide the reader on to further works on the Saint with an excellent bibliography. Edith Stein's life and work should be studied by all those who seek meaning and truth (not only Catholics), especially in our current post-modern, relativistic culture that so vehemently denies absolute truth. This book is also an excellent choice as spiritual reading for Christians desiring to study the life of a contemporary Saint.