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Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta"

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This historic work reveals the inner spiritual life of one of the most beloved and important religious figures in history.

During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions; her extraordinary contributions to the care of the sick, the dying, and thousands of others nobody else was prepared to look a
Hardcover, Large Print, 661 pages
Published March 16th 2008 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 25, 2012 Lu-ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can totally understand other reviewers' confused/dismayed reactions to the "dark night of the soul" of Mother Teresa, which is especially poignant as it lasted for over 50 years. But, perhaps I can share some light on the subject (pun intended :)). Our dear Bishop Emeritus in Charlotte, NC, Bishop William Curlin, was a spiritual director for Mother and knew her for MANY years, having met her when he was a young priest in Washington, DC, and having given retreats to her and her sisters and freq ...more
‘Pray—I must be able to give only Jesus to the world. People are hungry for God. What [a] terrible meeting [it] would be with our neighbor if we give them only ourselves.’ p.281

Seeing through Mother Teresa’s eyes the terrible spiritual darkness she daily lived is to enter another realm. For decades the world thought the black holes of abject poverty, sickness, death, and loneliness her true horrors. Little did anyone know that all the while the Missionary of Charity Religious (sisters, brothers
Mar 15, 2008 Clark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, I didn't finish this book. And, I'm ambivalent about it, the book that is.

It's mostly Mother Teresa's letters to her spiritual director/confessor and bishop and others, with some interpretive and connecting material in between from the author. I found the author's emphases to be strange. For example, the time of waiting while the Missionaries of Charity was being considered and approved by the church hierarchy was stretched out over a handful of chapters. I made it exactly h
Feb 01, 2008 Astin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, I encountered the private writings of somebody that I've always admired, and touted as my personal hero. Through this book, I discovered the specific reasons why Mother Teresa has always been a person who resonates with my personal ethos. Her deep devotion and love of Jesus is a recognition of her depravity as a human being, her complete devotion to the concept of servent, and her embodiment of the command to love one another. The result is somebody that you can't help but admire, ...more
Dave Wayton
Aug 06, 2008 Dave Wayton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the spiritually sophisticated
I found this book somewhat disturbing. There is no doubt in my mind that Mother Theresa is a saint; her behavior leaves no doubt about that. And it is not her spirituality that perplexes me, but rather her understanding of that spirituality. She seems to contradict herself from one sentence to the next. Admittedly, she is working from the context of a spirituality formed in a time and place very different from our current one; but she seems to show no growth in understanding from her experience. ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Sami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This woman was such a blessing to our world and her teachings and example should for always be emulated and practiced
Lee Harmon
May 27, 2013 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe you read the story of Mother Teresa from her friends, those who served alongside her. Maybe you read it differently from her detractors, like Christopher Hitchens. Here is the story from her own hand … a brutally honest account, because she had no intention of anyone ever reading it. This is an annotated collection of her personal letters, mostly to those in authority over her in the Church. She begged repeatedly that these letters be destroyed, so that the world would never know what was ...more
Mother Teresa had so much love for God and for others, that to sit down and read about her difficult. It is difficult to measure my own feeble efforts to love against her self-sacrifice and dedication.

Yet this book has helped me. The most valuable thing I took away was the idea that we each must look to the unloved, unwanted and uncared for in our own homes, community and life--and that we must realize that whatever we do to them, we do to Jesus. We cannot separate our care for them an
Dec 16, 2007 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Richard Simmons
I'm demolished by this book. Honestly I still don't know what to make of it but for the time being I am absolutely consumed, brained and agog by it.

I was raised Catholic but the church and I parted ways many moons ago. Much like an enstranged relative, I still keep up with news of what's shaking with the new Pope, what taco Jesus appeared in and what photo's crying blood and all that.

Mother Teresa has always intrigued me. Always. How can someone be so selfless? Divine Calling? Mental illness?
I actually read this book a few years ago and just remembered it while adding books to my everlasting impression book shelf. I absolutely love Mother Teresa, she is my idol. I actually wanted to be a nun at one time because of her but then I got introduced to Victoria's Secrets, high heels, and boy's. Don't judge me! lol I have to say that I felt bad at first for reading this book because she never wanted anyone to read private notes and that her faith, like many others, had faltered at times. H ...more
Nov 20, 2007 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so disappointed in this book! The prologue explains all about how Mother Teresa never wanted her papers published, and even asked people to burn letters she sent to them. Now that she's dead she'll surely understand that her life belonged not to her but to the church, which can do with her writings as it sees fit. I guess that's probably true, but still, ick.
Furthermore, I expected to read about the crises of faith that working among the poor without seeing improvement over time might natur
Oct 06, 2007 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reveals a level and type of devotion that I am unable to comprehend.
The editing was excellent. I especially appreciated the parallels between what Mother Teresa experienced and what other saints experienced.
But still, as a book, it wasn't that satisfying.
Mary Alice
Jul 13, 2008 Mary Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Booklady
Shelves: religion, favorites
Wonderful book. Change your thinking kind of book.
Aug 10, 2011 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl meets God. Girl falls in love with God. Girl starts religious order because God told her to. Girl spends the rest of her life feeling deeply, utterly, irrevocably abandoned by God.

That's pretty much the plot of this alternately compelling and disturbing spiritual biography. The backbone of the book are the letters Mother Teresa wrote to her spiritual directors. First they detail the visions and inspiration that made her suddenly leave her nice decent Sisters of Loretto school-teacher gig an
May 17, 2012 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inferno
I could not finish this book, I was so irritated and outraged. I'm surprised at how polar opposite Mother Teresa's values are to mine. Christopher Hitchens said that Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. I could not agree more with Hitchens. Poverty and suffering are not gifts from God. Mother Teresa did nothing to empower women. How is this not a scandal?

Theologically she could not get beyond the Suffering of Christ. It was her complete focus - the crucified L
May 29, 2008 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've always been impressed by the sacrifice and life of service given by Mother Teresa. I was surprised by the revealations found in her personal letters. Her innermost thoughts and burdens are shared from a most sincere heart.

It was interesting to learn what led Mother Theresa to begin her sisterhood. She shares some of the struggles and dangers they faced as they served the people.

I was disappointed to learn of her sorrow and lack of peace. The end of her life was very sad. I hope she has fo
Patrick Riviere
Jan 14, 2017 Patrick Riviere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started it on a whim - once I started I couldn't stop. Fantastic book that really shows the incredible faith of Mother Teresa. You really get to know her from her writings and at the same time are convicted and encouraged in your own faith. 100% recommended for anyone looking to delve deeper into the spiritual life.
Margarida Neves
May 03, 2015 Margarida Neves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a biography... What a life!! Inspiring!
Jan 06, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristin by: Larry Crabb and Bill Hybels referred to this book in their books
Very interesting and thought provoking. There are many of her personal letters in here, so you get a glimpse into her heart and life. I didn't know much about Mother Teresa before reading this book. She had such a heart for Jesus and her calling was clear...and the most difficult part of her journey was after she started the Missionaries of Charity to the poor, she began "the dark night of the soul" and rarely experienced Jesus' closeness like she had before that period of time. She finally saw ...more
Robert C.
Mar 14, 2015 Robert C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knowledge
Here's a coincidence - I just saw a Little Old Lady buy a poster of Mother Teresa at the table-top-sale I buy my books from.

Me: Hey, that's a coincidence - I just finished reading a biography of Mother Teresa and now I see you buying a poster of her.

LOL: Really? How sweet!

Me: Yes - she was inspiring in what she did, but privately she was quite a tragic figure.

LOL: Really? Oh look - a pile of gardening magazines.

Me: Jesus stopped talking to her you see. He told her, in a series of visions, to sta
Karen Hanson
I read this book a couple years ago so I'll try to be as accurate as possible in my review. My general lasting thoughts on Mother Teresa are that she was somewhat of a religious nut. I mean, I admire her drive and dedication to God and the desire she had to please him. I admire that she did things she didn't necessarily want to do just because she believed that God had told her to do them. But, I also believe that a lot of those things came to pass because of her never ending pleading to God for ...more
Sep 14, 2007 shay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100books08
i really enjoyed this book in a lot of respects, although i felt badly about reading all of this personal correspondence that Mother Teresa really wanted destroyed, so that was a little difficult. also, the priest who put this whole book together is the one who is trying to get mother teresa cannonized and so i thought that he tried to explain some things away in order to make her look better.

reading the stuff she wrote is intense and there was definitely a lot of spiritual struggle going on in
Aug 08, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much to learn from this lady whose relationship with Christ was so deeply passionate and yet she always shared Christ with people without herself thinking about her life. Though she suffered a severe "dark night of the soul" she was willing to see how her life was to be lived for the greater glory of bringing "heaven on earth" to the "Poorest of the poor." Though she suffered silently, she always offered a smile to those around her in hopes of sharing Christ with them. She is definitely a hug ...more
Dec 30, 2008 Ginda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with mixed feelings, mostly because her most intimate writings meant to be shared only with her spiritual confessors were made public in this book, even though Mother Teresa had repeatedly asked during her lifetime that these letters be destroyed. On the other hand, I feel privileged to have read her words, gaining insight into her passionate love for Jesus and her burning desire to serve the abandoned and unloved of the world, in spite of years of intense spiritual suffering an ...more
Dec 02, 2014 marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jesus
this book wrecked my heart over and over again. i'm not a catholic and i do find that i disagree on several points with their theology (although i may be speaking in ignorance here, i haven't exactly studied their faith), however their endless devotion to Jesus puts my heart to absolute shame.
and mother teresa's absolute devotion to serving Jesus with everything she had broke me.

it's so so humbling to read the letters and words of somebody who realizes how absolutely worthless they are without
Mother Theresa lived an amazing life and is a model of someone who dedicated her life to following Jesus and helping others. I found this book interesting as it showed her journey through life in her own words. Yet I was not engaged because after a while it became redundant. The basic story is that she heard Jesus tell her to start the Missionaries of Charity and after that got going she lived in darkness, hearing only silence from God. We can learn a lot from her enduring this silence, seeing i ...more
Nov 27, 2009 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mother Teresa has always been a heroine of mine, from the first time I ever heard about her when I was a child in Catholic school. I am no longer Catholic, but I still look up to her. I was so eager to read this book. As a Christian that suffers with depression and "dark nights of the soul," I did find it inspirational that a saint in our own time suffered through the same things and still remained faithful, ever persevering through her struggles. I was disappointed in the author of the book. It ...more
Jan 18, 2009 Vida rated it really liked it
I learned how little I know about Mother Teresa and her dedication to the poor, lonely and disenfranchised. I learned how much she suffered with her "call within a call," with her own loneliness and questions about God and faith. I learned how closely she worked with the Jesuits and how they guided her spiritually. I learned that there are good works and then there are good works. I wish I could have met her. I wish I could be more like her.
I didn't finish this book...I got to about page 25 and that was forced. I give Mother Theresa 5 stars, she was a woman who devoted her life to the Lord and her work to those in need. However, I couldn't read this because these were her private writing that she begged to be destroyed and yet someone decided to make money off of it instead of respecting her wishes. I felt I was going against her wishes. I will look to read a biography of her life instead.
Feb 17, 2014 Scribblescribe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, christian
I thought this was a great look into someone's personal spiritual life. I didn't have a great concept of what a spiritual life looked like, until I read this book. So, this book, isn't great if you want a larger view of what the missionaries of charity have accomplished for others and their role around the world, but it's a great book if you want to know more about a person's personal relationshp with God.
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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, or Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over forty years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

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