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Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship Paperback – September 9, 2011
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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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a wonderful book! I am going to use some of the information from it in a retreat I am teaching in in February. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Black Belt Granny
While I am not a Catholic and do not focus my thoughts or prayers to Mary, I found encouragement to look past myself and more to those who are poor in spirit or poor in flesh. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cynthia Fish
beautifully written. It shows a true love that Mother Teresa has.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautifully written with many applications for daily life!Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
You can not read this book without coming away with a new commitment to help the poor and suffering. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Henry Thoresz
This Book titled "Mother Teresa and Me" by Donna Marie O'Boyle serve as a refresher of my devotion to Blessed Mother Teresa and to the poor. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by neil
Reading "Mother Teresa and Me" by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle we learn lessons on loving Jesus. To get a glimpse into the spirituality of Mother Teresa from someone who was by her... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Dwight Andrus III
I want to start off by stating that I read this book cover to cover(191pgs) in less than 8 hours(while taking care of 3 kids), which is something I had never done before. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Exceptionally Blessed