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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161278500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612785004
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mother Teresa's words to Donna-Marie seem like words to us all. Rather than feeling like we are on the outside looking in, the warmth of the friendship between these two women wraps us all in wisdom, holiness, and love. Most of all, Mother Teresa's messages to Donna encourage us to desire the holiness which she stated is not a luxury for a few but rather everyone s duty. --Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic speaker and author, raisingcatholickids.com

Donna-Marie has composed a loving distillation of Blessed Teresa s thought based upon a decade of correspondence and
visits with the saint of the ghettos. It is a Tale of Two Mothers, of how a chance meeting of the small, dynamic Albanian
nun with a young American housewife became a conduit of grace for many. One comes away convinced that the greatest
power under heaven is not wealth or political influence but the loving spirit of a mother, for spiritual motherhood is especially efficacious in bringing a healing touch into the many and intangible Calcuttas of the modern world. --Elena Maria Vidal, author of Trianon, teaattrianon.blogspot.com

Part biography of Blessed Teresa, part memoir of a friendship, Mother Teresa and Me offers encouragement, nourishment,
and inspiration to people in all walks of life as we encounter, in Blessed Teresa's words, Calcutta all over the world. Drawing on the life and faith of Blessed Teresa, as
well as on a personal friendship with her, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle shares miracles large and small. She paints a picture of a world in which each of us however distant the goal may seem can become a saint. --Karen Edmisten, author and blogger, karenedmisten.blogspot.com

From the Author

I am praying that this book will really stir your heart and soul to see Calcutta right in your midst and inspire you to begin to minister to others as dear Mother Teresa has done. While you probably won't be picking the dying up out of the gutters as she did, your loving words and prayerful actions towards those in your own homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods will truly help to transform hearts and earn grace.  You can watch a YouTube video of my interview on EWTN's Bookmark show about this book: 
viewdomesticchurch.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-ewtn-bookmark-interview-with-doug.html 

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Mother Teresa and Me...and Me Too.
P. Armstrong
Through this inspirational and loving tribute, we find that it is in giving away our love that we, in turn, love our God.
Nancy Carabio Belanger, Catholic children's author
Sometimes even our own thoughts can prevent us from being quiet in our souls.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By elena maria vidal on December 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
"There is Calcutta all over the world for those who have eyes to see." ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

MOTHER TERESA AND ME, the first-hand account of Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle about her ten year friendship with the Saint of the Gutters, is a deceptively slender volume, deceptive in that it is truly a powerhouse of a book. Every page is rich with spiritual insights, simple yet profound, in the manner of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Although I have heard and read of Mother Teresa from the time I was a child she has never come fully alive for me until now, for through the book I feel that I have met her. The author deftly communicates her own experiences to the reader, from the time she first encounters Mother Teresa after Mass while visiting with the late Fr. John Hardon, to the transformation of her spiritual life and those of others through her long correspondence and further meetings with the saint. Most of all it recalls to mind that the world is unaware of the suffering and starvation, both material and spiritual, that goes on everywhere. Lazarus still begs at the gate.

Donna relates several dramatic incidents in her personal life when Mother Teresa intervened with prayer and consolation, leading eventually to the author's vocation as a Lay Missionary of Charity. The strong Marian aspect of Mother Teresa's spirituality, which she conveyed to everyone who came in contact with her, is described throughout the book. As Donna expresses it:

"The Marian dimension of Christian prayer was central to Mother Teresa's prayer life. Just like Pope John Paul II, she had a deep love for and intimate relationship with the Blessed Mother; we can say that she lived under Mary's mantle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on December 15, 2009
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Last Friday I finally received in the mail a book I have been waiting to read. It's by my favorite author, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle and her new book is called "Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship". I knew ahead of time that it was about Donna-Marie's friendship with Mother Teresa but I had no idea what it would have in store for me.

As I began reading it, snuggled under an afghan and in front of the fire place, I found myself captured by her story. Donna-Marie really has a way of including the reader as if they were right there with her. As if the blessings she received by getting to know Mother Teresa spilled over on to me. It was like I got to know her too.

I have read lots of books about Mother Teresa and by Mother Teresa, but I have never caught the true essence of her being until Donna-Marie shared her intimate friendship through her book. It was like everything I knew of Mother Teresa was now put together on a more emotional level.

Like all of Donna-Marie's books, her words were as uplifting as they were encouraging. I would recommend this to anyone who loved Mother Teresa.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lipsky on February 8, 2012
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This wonderful book is a real guide to increasing our faith, hope and love.
You are given a rare opportunity to learn about the author's ten year relationship with Mother Teresa. Here, you will be challenged to deepen your faith by reading about Mother Teresa's simple, yet powerful teaching about your relationship with God and fellow human beings. To her, it appears quite clearly that is it not "God and me" but "God and "We"- our faith must work, especially to serve others. My only brief views of Mother Teresa were from far off but they were powerful. One that sticks out in my mind is his her simply getting a bucket of water from a single faucet to help a needy person. This book contains stories of how people's lives were miraculously changed by following Mother Teresa's clear and helpful teachings. Anyone who wants to put God in the center of his/her life would find this book very helpful and a real blessing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carmela M. Edwards on February 2, 2010
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"Mother Teresa and Me ~ Ten Years of Friendship" by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle

Donna-Marie is up there as one of my favorite Catholic authors..I have all but 1 (or 2) of her books..She is a superb author..So when I saw that her new book "Mother Teresa and Me" was out, I didn't hesitate to pick it up..

I enjoyed the endorsements & the Foreword by Teresa Tomeo, but I couldn't wait to start reading the book itself..From the moment I started reading the book, I was filled by a warmth that you get when your sitting or chatting with an old friend..Ms. Cooper O'Boyle's way of describing her friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa is so sincere, loving & respectful in every way possible..

I love the typed letters at the beginning of each chapter from Blessed Teresa..How she took the time to convey her wisdom to Ms. Cooper O'Boyle..It's like a loving mother offering advice to her own child..And the pictures of Blessed Teresa with Ms. Cooper O'Boyle's children to me represented a loving grandmother, who gushes over her grandchildren..

As I got further into the book, the warmth & love continued on in my heart..It was like Blessed Mother Teresa was speaking directly to me..This was no ordinary woman..She was extraordinary..

The personal stories that Ms. Cooper O'Boyle wrote in this book are inspiring also..Especially the story of her & her daughter being in a car accident & the forgiveness of the teenage driver..That was amazing..All of the stories in this book are incredible..You will absolutely be in awe..

There were two things that I really liked in this book..The "Take Time" saying & personal reflection that Ms.
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More About the Author

Donna-Marie is a wife, mother of five children, catechist, TV host, and speaker who thoroughly enjoys her motherhood and considers it to be a sublime vocation. She feels passionate about inspiring and encouraging other mothers along their journeys through motherhood. Donna-Marie also writes about prayer, family issues, the Church, and the saints.

Donna-Marie was invited by the Holy See to participate in an international congress for Catholic women at the Vatican in 2008 which focused on "Mulieris Dignitatm: On the Dignity and Vocation of Women."

Donna-Marie was blessed to know Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for about ten years.They met more than a dozen times and shared a correspondence that spanned a period of ten years. She became a Lay Missionary of Charity (lay part of her Religious Order) and founded a branch of the lay Order. Blessed Mother Teresa wrote the Foreword for Donna-Marie's book, "Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Mothers-To-Be" (Crossroad Publishing, 2007). Blessed Mother Teresa endorsed Donna-Marie's books: "Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers" (Our Sunday Visitor, Oct. 2005) and "The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home" (Crossroad Publishing, 2006) as well, and encouraged Donna-Marie to write them and to continue to write other books as well to help mothers, women, and families. Donna-Marie feels she should pass on the blessings that she have received from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta to others and she strives to do so through her writing, talks, radio and television.

Because Donna-Marie loves to inspire mothers, she created a series for EWTN television called "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms" which she hosts. You can check that out on EWTN TV. Donna-Marie can't help but weave Mother Teresa's wisdom throughout her writings and talks. A DVD for Season One of Donna-Marie's EWTN series is available at EWTN and Donna-Marie's website. It contains the first 25 segments of the show. The second set of 25 segments will air soon and will be available on DVD. Some segments are now on You tube.

Donna-Marie has received Apostolic Blessings from Pope John Paul II who has blessed her books. You can see some of her writing work on the Internet via parenting columns and inspirational writings. She writes for several magazines and national newspapers, as well.

See a book trailer for Donna-Marie's "Embracing Motherhood" book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M452mFDcUtU&list=UUQOnKbOrs-tXVHMLThryHrA&index=2&feature=plcp

Autographed copies of Donna-Marie's books as well as her CD's and DVD's can be obtained through her website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com. Her other book titles include: "The Domestic Church: Room by Room: A Mother's Study Guide" (Servant Books) and "Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering" (Circle Press, Oct., 2008), as well as "Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship" (Our Sunday Visitor Pub. Co.) and the most recent, "A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers" (Our Sunday Visitor, September, 2010), "Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa," (Ave Maria Press), and "Embracing Motherhood" (Servant Books). Upcoming (fall of 2012) is: "Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women" (Ave Maria Press) and an inspiring book for Catholic Moms in early 2013.

Check out her website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com to learn more. Check out her many blogs which can be accessed through her website. Feel free to subscribe to Donna-Marie's email newsletter which you can do through her website or blogs. Retreats, events, and talks can be arranged by getting in touch with Donna-Marie through her website or writing to her at DMCOBoyle(at)aol.com

Watch for a new EWTN television series created by Donna-Marie coming soon!

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