I bought this in hope of a more in-depth study of the thought of Edith Stein, particularly regarding her influences. Scholars of Wallenfang's purported stature are expected to have more facility working in foreign languages, in this case Stein's mother tongue of German. A quick scan of the bibliography shows few sources in any foreign language apart from English. This is regretable, for example, regarding the important influence upon Stein of Hedwig Conrad-Marthius, her friend and collaborator. Wallenfang offers little to the reader from Conrad-Martius (whose works regretably remain untranslated) apart from a few references Stein herself makes in the English sources Wallenfang draws from. Of course, this criticism does not impugn the value of Wallenfang's work for those seeking a general review of Edith Stein's work in theological-anthropology.
Dr. Wallenfang is insightful and incredibly attentive to details. His careful footnoting not only serves to explain his references to Stein's catelogue, but also provides a wonderful resource for those who are new to the study of phenomenology. Wallenfang often cites his mentor and friend Marion, as well as Emmanuel Levinas. Especially in his chapter on empathy, Wallenfang shows the prayer that went into the composition of this work. His intimate references to Stein as "Edith", his obvious care for the subject matter, the books readibility, and his insightful originality make this a book to buy and keep.