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Mother Teresa A Simple Path

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This candid look at the everyday life of Mother Teresa--and the very simplicity and self-sacrifice which give her the strength to move mountains--gives voice to the spirit who has dedicated her life to the poorest among us.
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Ballantine
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K.D. Absolutely
Mother Teresa's prescription for salvation is very simple: give up all your riches, pray hard and have genuine love for everyone. Everything will follow. We all know that this is hard to do. As Jesus says, it is easier for the camel to enter the head of the needle than for rich people to enter the kingdom of God. Other evangelists say differently though: there is nothing wrong with being rich. God wants us to have an abundant life. We just have to share though.

So, which one is the correct one? I
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting insight into the amazing work that the Missionaries of Charity, the order established by Mother Teresa in India in 1950, do. Not only in India but around the world. The order is based on Mother Teresa's Simple Path comprising of six elements. Silence, prayer, faith, love, service and peace. We are all capable in some way of helping those less fortunate than us and it is this that the order encourages and works towards. They help the poor, the sick, the homeless, the children, anyo ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a treasure, that's about all I can say about it. Mother Theresa has always been an enigma to me, but now after reading this book I feel like I know her as well as I knew my own grandmother and she is a true role model for me. Her words are so wise and so humble. I hope to live my life after her example!
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simply lovely book. Anyone of any faith should take the time and read this wonderful description of the Simple Path Mother Teresa and her Missonaries of Charity have taken. I will certainly look at things differently and make some life changes.
Mother Teresa's name is listed as author, but there a lot of other bits contributed by other faithful nuns and priests, and I find that I prefer Mother Teresa's simplicity to the illustrations and enhancements of the others.
Inspiration. Inspiration to truly be humane and graced by actually live our spirituality by our good will and actions toward all of God's creations.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indeed, the contents contain a simple list of prayerful practices one can include in their lives to make it more Christ-centered. Filled with anecdotes and contributions from several Sisters and Missionaries of Charity, displaying lessons learned, challenges faced, and graces received from using these practices. A valuable and fruitful read.
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My interest in Mother Teresa and her work was piqued when one of my yoga instructors read Mother Teresa's "Anyway" aloud during shavasana. I was amazed at the beauty and simplicity of those inspiring words and felt the need to learn more about this phenomenal woman, who was determined to make the world a better place. I picked A SIMPLE PATH instead of one of Mother Teresa's other books because it has "Anyway" in the back, and because I thought something about abstract concepts, in this case lovi ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I would like to give a five-star rating to a book about/by Mother Teresa, I cannot do so in this instance. This book contained more quotes and insights from members of the Missionaries of Charity and volunteers than from Mother Teresa herself. Furthermore, the author's intermingling of Catholic "social justice" activities with beliefs of non-Christians and New Agers were laughable at best. Furthermore, when I read the author/editor's suggestion that when the non-Christian reader encou ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the past 8 years or so, I have volunteered at a Jesuit run, Roman Catholic elementary school located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Next to the school lies a "Contemplative" house run by the Missionaries of Charity. I have watched Mother Teresa's followers, the nuns, walk about the neighborhood and heard them praying many times during mass early on a summer morning. For some reason, I have lately been wondering what they "really" do. A friend recommended this book. It explains the wh ...more
Chris Bailey
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring book. And one that causes you to take a good hard look at what you are accomplishing in your life and what your priorities are. She started with helping one person and has literally changed thousands of lives. The book was missing some information about exactly how it all came about but I suspect there's other books to read with that detail. This was just a very honest and humble look at the work her organization does and her simple philosophy. I love the poems and sayings sprinkled ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What and incredible woman of God! She lives Jesus with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength, and shared that love to the least of us just as we're all commanded.
What an inspiring testimony of how God will do remarkable things in and through us if we let him. Love, service, and me a vessel of peace to those around us. Most of all, talk with God at least once a day! Prayer is not a last resort, it is vital to our relationship with God! Amazing!
 Doris Powell
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about inspiration! This book is none other. And you don't even have to be Christian. She addresses Hindus and Muslims also. She even addresses atheists who want to do good in this world. So this would appeal to everybody who is trying to make the world a better place by aiding the neediest and the poorest. There are quotes from Mother Teresa, quotes from other sisters and brothers, and also quotes from volunteers.
Kim Dennis
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book wasn't entirely what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be more Mother Teresa. Throughout the book, there were lots of statements by people who had helped the Missionaries of Charity and the impact it had on their lives.

Having said that, once I realized that the book was going to be different than I thought, I was able to enjoy it. There were a lot of good reminders about service and how losing ourselves in service to others is the best way to be happy. I am truly in awe of the
Serena Long ﺕ
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Was carrying almost 10 books in my hand, books are heavy, telling myself it's enough for this time and walking towards to the cashier counter and I stopped... because of the title of this book "A Simple Path." How can you not love this lady? Inspiring and motivating. This is the first book that I have read about Mother Teresa. I would really recommend this book. I knew little about this great and quiet person. Her writing is as simple as her life but just as special. I feel blessed to have c
Candice Garcia
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book truly touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. It couldn't have come at a better time in my life. God always knows what we need. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to love their neighbor more.
Ken Fracaro
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brief bio of Mother Theresa and a history of the creation of the Missionaries of Charity. The simple path: "The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is peace." A wonderful and loving book...A+.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can you not love this lady? Also, it's hard to say anything negative about this book because, um, Mother Theresa. There were lots of small, sweet nuggets of wisdom and beauty in this book.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We're just pebbles being thrown into the sea causing ripples, and one ripple can be made by one small act of service, and this is the start of many, isn't it?". pg. 159

"I think eventually I've come to realize that the fewer possessions you have the happier you are...I believe the simplest way is the easiest way to God." pg. 164

"The definition of poverty is broad in Mother Theresa's terms. She defines "least of my brethren" as "the hungry and the lonely, not only for food but for the Word of God
Jennifer Radtke
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to the story of Mother Teresa when I heard that she felt like God had abandoned her for a point in her life. If Mother Teresa can go through a season like that, I can learn something from her.

This book was a thrift store find for me. The book is partially her philosophies, part interviews with the volunteers, and part messages that are shared at all the different locations. I really enjoyed some of the signs that they have hanging in their buildings. I also enjoyed the simpleness of
Fernando de Uña
Buen libro para comprender a las Misioneras de la Caridad (congregación fundada por Madre Teresa) a través de la exposición de los diferentes aspectos de su apostolado de amor a los más pobres de entre los pobres. Ayuda a entender lo que mueve a las MC (y a su contrapartida masculina), remarcando desde mi punto de vista dos hechos principales que a veces se olvidan: (1) que las MC no son una ONG, ni lo pretenden, y (2) que las misioneras no pretenden curar sino aliviar el sufrimiento de los pobr ...more
Togar  Silaban
Ibu Teresa menulis:
"Saya selalu mengatakan, kita hendaknya menolong seorang Hindu untuk menjadi Hindu yang lebih baik, seorang Islam untuk menjadi Islam yang lebih baik, dan seorang Katolik untuk menjadi Katolik yang lebih baik." (halaman 20.)


Doa Ibu Teresa:

Marilah kita menjadi cabang dan rating sejati
yang penuh buah pada Yesus sang pokok anggur
dengan menerima Dia dalam hidup kita,
memperkenankan Dia untuk datang,
sebagai Kebenaran untuk diwartakan,
sebagai Kehidupan untuk dihayati,
Ahmad Nazeri
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A therapeutic read that emphasizes the importance of losing one's self in the service of others and the greater world.


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone coul
Elizabeth Connery
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
beautiful quotes...inspiring and motivating
This is a beautiful and inspiring book filled with words from Blessed Mother Teresa (her canonization hasn't been set yet), her fellow Missionaries of Charity, and volunteers. It tells a beautiful story about the work the sisters have done all over the world, and more importantly their selfless mission to do it all in love of Christ.

The book is a quick read written in very short chapters. One could easily use it as a devotional, but I could not put it down. I was captivated by the total selfless
Wessel van der Merwe
This is a must read for every Christian. A short little bio and then dealing with her way which I think is very basic and true. This is not theory or doctrine but Christianity in practice. To her stillness leads to prayer and prayer cause one (for some of us eventually) to hear God's voice which creates faith in us. Faith should lead to works of charity or love. Once we obey that call to become Christ for others we ourselves and those we serve or help experience the peace of Christ. This is not ...more
Rat de bibliothèque
A Simple Path introduces you to how Mother Teresa became the saint we know her as today and the guiding principles that have enabled humble nuns to so profoundly affect the lives of millions.

The chapter are on Prayer, Faith, Lover, Service, and Peace. Each chapter is broken into smaller parts, for example, "Every Act of Love is a Prayer" and "The Warmth of Our Hand".
The thoughts and experiences of Mother Teresa herself (compiled by Lucinda Vardey) give you a candid look at the simplicity and sel
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard a lot of false things about Mother Teresa. It was nice to get to know her history and mission. Her calling to help the poor, many would feel as overwhelming, but she took it one step at a time and in her lifetime did so much for God's kingdom.
As a woman of faith in Western culture, I feel as though my faith has gotten diluted in Luke-warm complacency. Her story and vision, motivates and spurs me on to understand a little better what faith in action can truly do. "Faith that can move
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mother Teresa has always fascinated me, yet this is the first book that I have read about her. This was not so much of a biography, which I expected as it was about her support group and what motivated her to help the impoverished and dying people of India and around the world. I am going to read an earlier book about Mother Teresa.... I think this is the most recent and a lot of interesting things about how she got to the point that she did has already been well covered in other biographies. I ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is, for the most part, broken up into brief sub-sections, which makes it both accessible and a quick read. The five main sections on Prayer, Faith, Love, Service, and Peace include passages written by Mother Theresa and the Missionaries of Charity throughout the world. I recommend it if you desire to be challenged and motivated toward a holier lifestyle; toward a simplicity of being; toward a contemplative place, where you examine your relationships and surroundings and know that the o ...more
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