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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (October 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345397452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345397454
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We have all been created for greater things -- to love and to be loved. Love is love -- to love a person without any conditions, without any expectations. Works of love are works of peace and purity. Works of love are always a means of Becoming closer to God, so the more we help each other, the more we really love God better by loving each other. Jesus very clearly said, 'Love one another as I have loved you,' Love in action is what gives us grace. We pray and, if we are able to love with a whole heart, then we will see the need. Those who are unwanted, unloved, and uncared for become just a throwaway of society -that's why we must really make everybody feel wanted.

"There is something else to remember -- that this kind of love begins at home. We cannot give to the outside what we don't have on the inside. This is very important. If I can't see God's love in my brother and sister then how can I see that love in somebody else? How can I give it to somebody else? Everybody has got some good. Some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there."

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This book is simply priceless. It's Mother Teresa's autobiography, which she crafted with writer Lucinda Vardey, a few years before she passed away. This book gives voice to a remarkable spirit who has dedicated her life to the poorest among us and given us the greatest model of love in action in our time.

A SIMPLE PATH not only offers a candid look at Mother Teresa's everyday life, but collects her spiritual wisdom. What we find is a simple path for us to follow so that we, too, can create a truly kinder world for the future. Mother Teresa may no longer be here on earth, but her spirit is alive today, in her works of goodness and kindness, and in each of us. --E. Zack, Senior Editor

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I borrowed this book from the library and read it in a day.
Nikolas
If all of us can follow that simple path, the world would be lot more peaceful.
Soudamini M. Nath
This book helps to prioritize what is truly important in life, and that is God.
Lisie

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Wesley L. Janssen VINE VOICE on September 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book is perfectly titled. Mother Teresa's biographical information is minimal and the book does not canonize her. Apart from introducing the thoughts of volunteers who work with the Missionaries of Charity, her own words are few. What we find are simple views of a simple path, and beauty in simplicity. This is not the story of a famous nun, it is the story of a way of seeing ones world and of living without self-focus. Mother Teresa, and those who work in the missions that she and others have established and conducted, convey an attractive invitation to service to others. The path has been set before us in the Gospels of Matthew (25:34-40) and Luke (10:30-37). This small volume contains no rancorous sectarian, philosophical, or theological arguments. The themes are peace, love, joy, and fearless devotion to the welfare of others. The simple path is well summarized in the words of St Francis of Assisi:
"Lord grant that I seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,
To understand than to be understood;
To love than to be loved . . ."
The book makes little mention of the opposing worldview, but I briefly will. The opposite worldview is the ever-popular celebration of slavery to self. There are, of course, many variations on this theme. One notices how offended, even angered, the culture of self can be when it is rejected, in this case by Mother Teresa. Articles and books have been published which denigrate her, and she has been called a hypocrite. I doubt she terribly cared. A sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan children's home in Calcutta reads in part:
"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
Love them anyway
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
Do good anyway . . .
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Do good anyway . . ."
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book at a time when I was very broke and feeling very sorry for myself about it. It made me realize how much I really did have - my health, my education, my personal, political and religious freedom - and totally changed my attitude forever about what is important in life. I have since recovered from my economic crisis and have dedicated my life to understanding poverty and doing whatever I can to help the poor break the cycle of poverty in their lives. I am continuously challenged by the example Mother Theresa set with her relationship with God. This book is so easy to read, so uplifting, so inspiring, so much about what's real and true, you've just got to read it. You can't read it and not be affected in a positive way.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Soudamini M. Nath on May 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have read a few of Mother Teresa's books. This is the best. I read it cover to cover all in one sitting...as soon as I got the book. Mother Teresa made me humble. It is a shame how most of us are frantically running around, to find happiness (which we think is in how much money we make, what big house we built, what type of car we drive around)and yet at the end of the day, we are still not there yet. This book reveals how we can find that happiness by following a very simple path. If all of us can follow that simple path, the world would be lot more peaceful. But can we?? This question makes me think, that this woman, Mother Teresa, is no ordinary human, she is beyond human. Reading this book time and time again daily, may help us all to bring peace and happiness to the world! It is a wonderful book, very meaningful and thought-provoking. If only we can follow her path - a very simple path.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisie on December 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A Simple Path by Mother Theresa is an inspirational book. Mother Theresa wrote it as an informative narrative of segments of her life. It tells of her many good works and the works of others. Collectively, they share their many tales of heartwarming acts of love for the poor and less fortunate, the diseased and the broken-hearted, and the wounded and lost souls of the world. The sisters heal the wounds of those who have strayed away from the path of God and they urge everyone to help bring people back into the light, back to God.
The focus of the book is to promote serving others. It was once said that the best way to lead is by serving. This is the simple message and the simple path Mother Theresa explains throughout her many encounters with people of every age, race, and religion. She urges the reader to take this path as Jesus took up his cross. "One must not love and expect love in return, because that is not real love," as Mother Theresa once said. Love can be received by serving another and by watching that individual's happiness grow because of one kind act.
Mother Theresa does not want the reader to save the world, but to help in one small way. She says, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." It does not require money, but it does require time to love. A Simple Path describes the life every human should take up, the life of service. This book is inspirational and serves as a spiritual seed, helping spirituality to grow and flourish. It helps one's faith to grow and teaches how to act on faith as opposed to just claiming faith. This book helps to prioritize what is truly important in life, and that is God. In a world that is full of hatred, violence, and misery, it points to God. Mother Theresa shows the way to hope. She leads by serving. She serves by loving. A Simple Path shows the way.
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