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Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Meaningful Work and Service (Veritas Forum Books) [Paperback]

By Mary Poplin (Author)
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Poplin's chronicle of her volunteer work with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta provides an inside glimpse into Mother Teresa's life of service to the poor.

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"Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are. . . . You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see." --Mother Teresa Lifelong educator Mary Poplin, after experiencing a newfound awakening to faith, sent a letter to Calcutta asking if she could visit Mother Teresa and volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity. She received a response saying, "You are welcome to share in our works of love for the poorest of the poor." So in the spring of 1996, Poplin spent two months in Calcutta as a volunteer. There she observed Mother Teresa's life of work and service to the poor, participating in the community's commitments to simplicity and mercy. Mother Teresa's unabashedly religious work stands in countercultural contrast to the limitations of our secular age. Poplin's journey gives us an inside glimpse into one of the most influential lives of the twentieth century and the lessons Mother Teresa continues to offer. Upon Poplin's return, she soon discovered that God was calling her to serve the university world with the same kind of holistic service with which Mother Teresa served Calcutta. Not everyone can go to Calcutta. But all of us can find our own meaningful work and service. Come and answer the call to findyour Calcutta

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Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Meaningful Work and Service (Veritas Forum Books) by Mary Poplin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 10/06/2009 page 36
  • Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 52

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series  Veritas Forum Books  
ISBN  0830834729  
ISBN13  9780830834723  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mary Poplin (Ph.D., University of Texas) is a professor of education at Claremont Graduate University in California, where she has served as director of the teacher education program and dean of the School of Educational Studies. Poplin conducts research inside urban classrooms and schools that promote both justice and accountability. She teaches courses on pedagogy, history and philosophy of education, as well as Christian principles related to these areas. She is also a frequent speaker at Veritas Forums and for both Protestant and Catholic retreats across the country.

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Easy but insightful read  Dec 16, 2009
This book is a quick read of short vignettes covering Mary Poplin's religious observations about the three months she spent volunteering with Mother Theresa.

One of her central arguments is that you cannot understand Mother Theresa outside of her Christian component and she makes an interesting case for how secular views of the world have trouble coming to terms with Mother Theresa.

The chapters themselves a quick stories of her observations and are easy to read and decently insightful. This is a good book that I would recommend to anyone looking to get religious insight into Mother Theresa.
Fantastic Book!  Jul 9, 2009
Mary Poplin went to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. This is her story of what she learned while there. It is an excellent introduction into the life and spiritual insight of Mother Teresa. The book is well written and conducive to a small group study if one uses the questions in the back of the book.

She would probably hate me saying this, but Mary Poplin is one of my heroes. She was a radical feminist who comes to faith in Jesus and is radically changed. She has a winsome and beautiful personality that comes through clearly in her personal testimony[...]
Soul food  Jun 20, 2009
I'm so grateful I purchased this book. Although it is a "can't put it down" book and could be read in two or three evenings, I deliberately read it slowly in order to savor the message of each chapter. One particular chapter (chapter 15), spoke to me very deeply and still haunts me. The author has helped me to see Calcutta right where I am, even within myself. This book is truly food for the soul.
Outstanding, prayerful insights for contemplating service  Mar 16, 2009
I found this book extremely valuable for the inspiring (and challenging) real-life picture it offered of what a life of service in Christ can be. Poplin's transparency in her own journey allows you to walk along with her in humble astonishment at God's work through Mother Teresa and the sisters, and through Poplin herself as she opens her life to God's shaping hand. I've already given copies of this book to about 7 different female friends who are in the medical field, in ministry, teaching, or just at home with children, and several of them have not only told me in raving terms how much they are enjoying it but that they've already recommended it to friends themselves. For Christians in academia, Poplin's appendix suggesting a new vision for the university will also be of special interest.
Inspirational and a strong choice for any religious memoir collection  Jan 13, 2009
Mother Teresa was a great inspiration to many Catholics. "Finding Calcutta" is the story of a woman whose desire to meet the potential saint was so strong, she volunteered to serve under her in the slums of Calcutta. Telling her story of traveling to Calcutta, meeting Mother Teresa, and what she was inspired to do to help the poor and needy, "Finding Calcutta" is inspirational and a strong choice for any religious memoir collection.

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