Edith Stein

The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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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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"Scaperlanda gives us a portrait of the saint that brings out her rich humanity, her deep intellectual gifts, and her anguished search for truth and for God. "

Most Rev. Jose H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
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"With precision and inspiration, María Ruiz Scaperlanda makes intimate to us this amazing woman who became St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. "

Lisa M. Hendey
Author of The Grace of Yes and Founder of CatholicMom.com
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"Weaving snippets of Stein's writings coupled with personal accounts from people who knew her, Scaperlanda introduces the reader to one of the most formidable women of the 20th century, and a Saint for the 21st century."

Maria Morera Johnson
Author of Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue
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"Edith Stein's life story is powerful, moving, and timely. María Ruiz Scaperlanda has given us a gift with this beautiful biography. "

Karen Edmisten
Author of Deathbed Conversions and You Can Share the Faith
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"María Ruiz Scaperlanda does an excellent job of placing Edith Stein within the historical and cultural context of her time, a time of tumult for the world but especially for the Jewish people."

Beth Dotson Brown
Catholic Journalist and Author of Yes! I am Catholic
  • Pages: 224
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622824-649
  • Product Code: 4649
  • Availability: In Stock
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A deep look at one of the great Saints of modernity
Maria Scaperlanda does an authentic and beautiful job of presenting all the complexities and tensions surrounding Edith's life and death, while at the same time giving a glimpse into her 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.
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A Saint of our time
I was surprised at every turn of the page as I read this biography of Edith Stein. I came to the book expecting traditional hagiography, but I was wrong. Scaperlanda contextualizes the life of Stein in family, religion, ethnicity, education, spirituality, culture, and history in a satisfying, insightful way. The salient aspects of Stein’s character, far from disappearing from the text, are shown to continue into Stein’s maturity, bringing her into the fullness of the person God envisioned and created her to be. Edith Stein/St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is a saint for our time: a modern woman alive to her times, alive to her intellect and spirituality, and alive to the movements of her heart.
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Extremely relevant
Every once in a while, I come across a story and wonder, “How on earth did I miss this one before?” This certainly applies to the biography of Edith Stein. Though this not a “new” book (published in 2001, shortly after her canonization), I believe it is still extremely relevant, and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to read it.
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A religious experience.
Reading this lovely book was a religious experience for me. I highlighted beautiful, prayerful passages so often that my book is now quite colorful! This book is inspiring as well as beautifully written. The included section of photographs is wonderful. I have already purchased another Edith Stein book, as this one piqued my desire to learn more of this sainted woman.
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Magnificent book
St. Edith Stein was a brilliant woman. This book reveals not only her mental capability, but her humanity, her humility, and her courageous belief in her Faith that ultimately led to her death.
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