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Edith Stein

Philosopher and Mystic

The twentieth anniversary of the beatification of Edith Stein (1891–1942), the accomplished Jewish philosopher who made a spiritual journey from atheism to agnosticism before eventually converting to Catholicism, will be celebrated in 2007. In Edith Stein: Philosopher and Mystic, Josephine Koeppel chronicles the life of this influential saint from her secular youth and entrance into a German monastery to her tragic death at Auschwitz. This accessible work will reward readers of all faiths interested in the life of a remarkable woman who changed the modern conception of sainthood.


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Table of Contents

  1.   First Delineation of Edith Stein
  2.   A Taste of the Spirit
  3.   Begin as You Mean to Go On
  4.   The First Gift: Life in a Jewish Family
  5.   Truth Wears Human Features
  6.   Gateway to the Future: Göttingen (1913-1916)
  7.   When Friends are True
  8.   On With Life
  9.   This is the Truth
10.   At the Peak: Truth
11.   The Night that was Light as Day
12.   I Will Lead Her to the Desert
13.   A Door Opens
14.   A Place Apart
15.   Pray Always, Meditating Day or Night
16.   Consider the Lilies
17.   In the House of the Lord, All My Days
18.   Sister to Those You Gave Me
19.   Truth in Final Glory
20.   Star and Cross in Eternal Light
On Bibliography and Sources

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