In the wake of World War I when neither Jews nor women were widely accepted in academia, Edith Stein rose to prominence as a leading philosopher who thrived in the intellectual community in Germany. She shocked both her Jewish family and her academic friends when she fell in love with Jesus Christ and became a Roman Catholic
More shocking still, eleven years later, Edith entered the cloistered Carmelite order to follow a life of mystic and contemplative prayer, changing her name to Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Edith Stein’s surrender to grace is all the more visible because of the dark night that enveloped the period of history in which she lived and died when millions of men and women, including Edith Stein herself, were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime in the name of diligent ethnic cleansing.
Today, as the meaning of feminism is lost in a world of relativism, Edith Stein provides a model for a true feminist woman who authentically integrates faith, family, and work. Award-winning journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings new light to this complex woman, her culture, and the pivotal period of history in which she lived and died.
More than a biography, these pages paint a multifaceted portrait of Edith Stein as seen by scholars, friends, and relatives – and by Catholics and Jews alike. You’ll gain new insights into the complex aspects of her life and death, as well as the impact of her character and personality on those who knew her. But most of all, you will enter into the interior life of this woman of Jewish descent who transformed her entire life because of her encounter with Jesus Christ, an encounter that led her from the depths of atheism to the heights of sainthood.
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About the Author
In the past 30 years, Maria has been published broadly in the U.S., including the New York Times, St. Anthony Messenger, Our Sunday Visitor and other national and regional publications. She is a former Director and Vice-President of the Catholic Press Association Board, and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, an international community of intellectuals.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had long heard of Edith Stein, but had done no serious reading of her. I am so grateful and pleased that this book was my first real introduction to her. As is plain to see through the other sources cited in this book, and through the introduction by Edith Stein's niece, Susanne Batzdorff, and the forward by the Director of the International Edith Stein Institute, Michael Linssen, O.C.D, this book in particular is a great and irreplaceable addition to the literature on Edith Stein precisely because Maria Scaperlanda does an authentic and beautiful work of presenting all the complexities and tensions surrounding Edith's life and death, while at the same time giving a glimpse into Edith's unwavering clarity of her own calling and mission. This book inspired me to dive further into Edith writings, and I'm currently reading a collection of her essays on women. May you too be blessed by this book, and the transformative journey on which Edith will surely take you, should you feel so inclined.
I recently had the pleasure of indulging in Maria Scaperlanda's masterful biography of Edith Stein, whom I consider a model of Christian feminism, scholarship, and holiness. In addition to the beautiful narration of Edith Stein's tragic and beautiful story, I deeply appreciated Scaperlanda's sensitive work in exposing the challenge in Jewish-Christian relations over the canonization of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. The book provides a profound education in the sensitivities of our Jewish brothers and sisters in the continuing aftermath of the Shoah.
I knew nothing of Edith Stein except the occasional mention in a homily or at a women's prayer group. I found her story fascinating and her journey to conversion very touching. The author has a gift of storytelling, presenting Edith's life through her devotion to her family, the Jewish people, and her beloved Carmel. I would definitely recommend this for those going through RCIA, or those who are faced with difficulty and hatred. The story was beautifully written and has left a lasting impression on me. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a strong example of love in such a dark time in our history.
"Lord, is it possible that someone who is past Midlife can be reborn?" (124) These words of Edith Stein jumped off the page. I knew little about her until reading this book. Now, I feel like I have a new companion on the way. I highly recommend this book. Fr. Scott A. Boeckman