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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; 2 edition (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898704103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898704105
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born into a devout German Jewish family, Edith Stein always excelled academically. At university she served as assistant to the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl. Her philosophical inquiries led her first to atheism, then to Catholicism, and finally to life as a Carmelite nun. In August 1942, she was arrested by the Nazis, deported to Auschwitz, and killed. This intellectual and spiritual biography bears witness to her mental and moral depth, depicting her as one who integrated Jewish and Christian values in her saintly life and heroic death. There are few full-length works on Stein in English; this earnest and comprehensive book is recommended. Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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Edith Stein's personal life and compassion are also detailed in this book.
James E. Egolf
I consider this a "must read" for anyone interested in great women in history.
Nancy T Rosenberg
Amazing jouiney through her life and her change from Judaism to Becoming a Catholic.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By "yoco" on July 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Edith Stien was a Jew who in the 1920's of Germany converted to Catholicism and then became a nun much to the dismay of her orthodox mother. Those who are have heard of Edith Stien know that ultimately she was martyred in Auschwitz because of her outspokenness against the Nazi's as well as the fact that the Catholic Church in occupied Holland was the only large church organization willing to preach against the nazi regeim.
What must people don't know about Edith Stien was what an incredibly couragous and brillant woman she was even long before she was martyred. As this book tells the story , often in her own words and in the words of those that were close to her, she was a college professer, philosopher, and political activist at a time when a professional woman was at best a grade school teacher or nurse. Even as a nun she worked on her philosophy and her writing.
Waltraud Herbstrith does an excellent job portraying the complete Edith Stien, Her faith Her family and her intellect. An excellent book.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1999
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This book is an excellent introduction to the life and thought of Edith Stein (St. Theresa Benedicta). Waltraud Herbstrith presents a biography that encompases the philosophical, spiritual, and personal aspects of her subject with great care. I came away from this book with a true appreciation for Edith Stein, in particular her writings on women and her deep love of God.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Nancy T Rosenberg on January 27, 2000
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I consider this a "must read" for anyone interested in great women in history. The spiritual insights, life story, and heroic sacrifices of this brilliant woman, who was both a Jew and a Carmellite nun are amazing. Look closely at the cover art, as my interpretation was that Edith Stein possessed the "ear of God." The only complaint I have is the print was far too small. If it comes in a large print edition, you might be wise to order it. My eyesight is fairly normal.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on December 30, 2008
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Sister Waltraud Herbstrith, O.C.D.,wrote one of the most thoughtful books this reviewer has read. Edith Stein was born and raised as an Otrhodox Jew, converted to Catholicism, and became a cloistered Carmelite Nun. The book details Edith Stein's outstanding scholarly achievements, compassion, and rare courage. This book conveyed a rare look at an unalloyed heroine who was not a self appointed martyr, but whose resolve and compassion plus intellectual prowess made Edith Stein an exemplar of what men and women should aspire to. This review is divided into two sections. One deals with Edith's religious conversion and intellectual achievements,and the other deals with Edith Stein's charity, compassion, and courage.

Edith Stein (1892-1942)was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. She showed academic promise and quickly made her way into the German university system at a time when such admission was rare for German women. Miss Stein had a passion for truth which altered her academic career. She first wanted to focus on psychology, but she was disappointed when she discovered that what were then considered modern psychologists were more concerned with manipulation( too often naive self serving nonsense) than with an honest search for truth. She changed her focus and studied philosophy under Husserl (1859-1938)and studied phenomenolgy. She considered the study of phenomena as an avenue of truth(not the only avenue). She realized that while phenomonlogy was a means of honest intellectual endeavor, she also understood that metaphysical and ontological thinking provided a means of truth and understanding.

Edith Stein's studies resulted in her advanced Ph.D. Degree. She became a well known and respected German scholar.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on June 24, 2010
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This is a well written, thoroughly researched biography of this Saint. It deipcts her virtues and warm and balanced personality, showing clearly the good contributions of her Jewish upbringing in her moral and personal formation, and her growth in Christian life and charity, but it's a modern historical biography rather than a devotional hagiography. Edith Stein was a woman of considerable learning and intelligence, who sought Truth with passion, this led her to be baptized a Catholic Christian which she considered the fulfillment of the Jewish faith, and to become a Discalced Carmelite nun and to humbly and willingly follow Christ in the Way of the Cross to the fate of a death in Auschwitz, a victim of Nazi retaliation against the Catholic Church for speaking up in defense of the Jews. This biography moves at an even pace and never bogs down or gets on a soapbox.

The author, Waltraud Herbstrith, is a Carmelite nun, who did not know Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce (Edith Stein) personally but certainly understands being a Carmelite nun, and interviewed many who did know the Saint personally. Herbstrith also shows good understanding of the difficult philosopical topics (Phenomenology in the school of Husserl, and later the Scholastic thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas) that Edith Stein pursued and wrote about and was known and respected for, explaining them on the level of a general readership. This is a great book to read to be introduced to this popular Saint who was a woman intellectual and feminist, a humble cloistered nun, and a Christian martyr who was happy to be a Jew.
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