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Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Spink
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For years Mother Teresa has appeared at the top of every list of the world's most influential women, in company with Diana, Princess of Wales, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Different in almost every respect from those famous women, she did share one important quality: she was a star. In Mother Teresa, biographer Kathryn Spink goes beyond her subject's public persona to examine the life of a modern-day saint. In the course of tracing Mother Teresa's life--from her birth in Albania to her years in Ireland and then India with the Loreto Sisters to the founding of her own order, the Missionaries of Charity--Spink explores the ramifications of her subject's life and work on the lives of those she labored for and with.

Mother Teresa's frail appearance belied the steely will and public-relations savvy she brought to the task of loosening potential donor's purse strings and attracting attention to her cause. Was Mother Teresa a kind of spiritual colonialist, as critics have charged, more interested in helping the poor die in a state of grace than in changing the conditions in which they lived? Spink discusses this and other thorny questions with grace and honesty, at the same time emphasizing her subject's admirable achievements.


"Spink's affectionate portrait of this remarkable woman shows us why so many call her a saint. The book beautifully serves Mother Teresa's memory." -- Christian Century

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5068 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Rev Upd edition (June 7 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W2ZO4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Teresa June 17 2004
Kathryn Spink writes an inspirational biography of Mother Teresa's life. Each mini story allows the reader to reflect on the common spiritual truths taught by Mother Teresa. Some of these truths are: "seeing Jesus in the destitute and dying" and "doing something ordinary, but with great love", among many others...
Filled with quotations and stories, it serves as a great devotional book if read in small chunks. It will challenge the seeker to feel closer to Christ as well as understand the extraordinary events in Mother Teresa's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute in memory of Mother Aug. 26 2000
As an authorised biography, this status alone bestows upon the tome an added weight of truth and accuracy. However, as Mother Teresa herself always wanted it to be, the book is more on her work than her life. She never wanted the attention to be forcused on herself but rather on the work. As she herself succinctly put it, she is merely a pencil in the hand of God. This book fills us in on the path which took Mother from her childhood in Albania to her days at the Loreto convent to her calling in a calling during her trip to Darjeeling to finally her establishment of the Missionaries of Charity and the result of which we have more than ample proof of now. It provides details on the trials and tribulations she faced and encounterd in the process of her work and how she overcame them with her determination and faith. This book provides the necessary details in mapping out a sketch of Mother's life and work. However fitting this tribute, we must not forget that Mother herself was the actual paradigm of chastity, poverty, obedience and service to the poorest of the poor. Nothing can ever truly introduce us to the scale of the greatness of Mother. Her legendary selflessness and selfishness truly brings us to our knees in shame. This book truly embodies the paragon of love and religion that was Mother. She was the epitome of a modern day Saint. She was a living Saint. May she rest in peace. She is finally at home with God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, the first biography I read and re-read Dec 5 2002
I read this book in 1999 and found that the book paints a very clear picture of the life of Mother Teresa: what she did the good things I admire, why she did the nice things I could not imagine anyone would be capable of, and how she developed her views. During the past years, this book has offered me assurance, goals, and guidance toward a clearer perspective on life and suffering.
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This book is one of a kind. It is very very inspiring. Mother Teresa has conveyed the ideas of service and brotherhood through her life. Such devotion and love could come only from an ever-shining and divine spirit. I have re-read quite a few chapters of the book and I can say enthusiastically that this book has helped me a lot in spiritual growth and transformation.
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