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Mother Teresa (Revised Edition): An Authorized Biography

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Manyhave called her a saint. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India'shighest civilian honor, the Jewel of India, in 1980. Pope John Paul II declaredher “Blessed,” beatifying her in 2003. For nearly fifty years at the head ofCalcutta’s Missionaries of Charity, the Albanian-born Agnes GonxhaBojaxhiu, better known as Mother Teresa, advocatedfor the poor and homeless, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 1997)
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Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mother Teresa was so extreme in her devotion to the poor that reading about her made me feel like two cents. I actually wasn't enjoying the book that much for awhile, it was basically: M.T. opens a church. M.T. chooses to sleep in a pile of dirt for two years. M.T. battles the Vatican to get her way. Repeat. But I felt like a beeyotch if I couldn't even READ a book about M.T. Like, she could sleep in a pile of dirt so the least I can do is read about it. In that sense, I suggest that NOBODY PICK ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the most complete biography of Mother Teresa that I have read. The book author neatly summarizes her early life, covering aspects of her family and upbringing and then provides great detail of her religious, missionary and charitable activities. While there is a lot of detail about what she did and where she went, the spiritual aspects and impact that she made is missing. It seems to be more of an encyclopedic version of what she did, rather than why and how she did it. The numb ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, christian
I decided to take a focused approach to learning about people I've heard about all my life but knew very little about. I'm starting with Mother Teresa (soon to be followed by Gandhi and Mao Zedong). The biography is good, but the woman is incredible! I'm still in her early years in India. I am inspired by her dedicated choice to be committed to the work of God. She says, "Holiness is not the luxury of the few. It is a simple duty for you and for me." Mother Teresa's life leads me to believe that ...more
Devin Thorpe
First, I should note that in rating this book five stars, I really intend to rate Mother Teresa five stars. The biography was certainly well researched and well written. I couldn't help but think, however, that there were telling anecdotes missing from the book. I didn't ever feel like I was in the slums with her; the author kept me outside looking in, trying to get a glimpse of the real Mother Teresa in action.

The Life of Mother Teresa is unparalleled since Jesus Christ himself walked on the ea
Jun 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life-changing book for me. This book is well written but it's the story and direct quotes from Mother Teresa that are really life-changing. This is the best book on Mother Teresa's life. The movie by the Petrie Sisters, called Mother Teresa, as well, is possibly the most amazing documentary I've ever seen. It is full of real life footage of Mother Teresa and is a great supplement to this book. (And by the way, this book transcends religious lines. I'm LDS, not Catholic but truth is truth and I'm ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mother Teresa's life and times is pure inspiration from her early calling till her death. She knew in her heart that God granted her the task to devote herself to Him and yet she struggled until that becomes clear. Once it was, her existence was offered as a sacrifice to the Poor. She didn't care about activism but to comfort Christ's thirst through the poor.

Many would critise her for not making looong sermons about God's love but theory wasn't her point. She was able to realise there was need f
I liked this book and I'm glad I read it, though at times it was a bit slow. I gained a greater appreciation for Mother Teresa. I was truly impressed by the example of her sweet mother. It read: "The family table continued to be a gathering place for the poor for whom she cared with a gentle warmth. Years later Lazar would recall questioning his mother as to who the people were who shared his meals were. 'Some of them are our relations,' was the response, 'but all of them are our people.' No one ...more
Amanda Hernandez
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Alysha Gaskins
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this. I think we all know Mother Teresa as a heavenly saint. But this book puts it such a diverse light. It showed that she was just as human and made people angry because of how she refused to back down. She didn't change her beliefs in things regardless of how society would see it. Her passion drives her to make such a difference. The only thing I didn't not like is how the author continuously messes up the time line.
Kathy Marler
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to know about Mother Teresa and her extrodinary humanitarian service.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Certainly it seemed that there was in Mother Teresa something which people of a wide variety of faiths could value and to which they could respond." That is exactly how I felt reading this biography of a woman I had heard of but never really got to know much about all she did, how she did it and the impact she had in the world. I am truly amazed and glad I kept this book in my shelf for years. Picked it and dusted if off after reading Martin Luther's biography. Two giants of faith who God used ...more
Amy Meek
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never actually finished this one. I got to about 65%. It was quite a slog and there was a lot of unexplained Catholic jargon. Paragraphs were really long. Dates went back and forth without much rhyme or reason.

There was clearly a lot of research done, I got a few good tidbits but it was more like reading a list of things she had done rather than getting to know her as a woman (though I can appreciate how hard that would have been). IMO some heavy editing on this would have made it a more appro
Amber Wolfinger
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathryn Spink does a wonderful job capturing the spirit of Mother Teresa in this authorized biography. At times it seems overwhelmingly packed with factual information about Mother Teresa and her related affiliations, which contends to show Spink's thorough research, but can sometimes make the text seem dense. While clearly biased to favor Mother Teresa, Spink does portray the positive and negative views of her.
Overall, very good! Mother Teresa lived and inspiring life of service to the poor.
Interesting to learn more about this special woman. She learned how to help people when they were so weak, oversaw their nurturing including teaching them self-reliance skills, and so much more. She was a hero by a life of doing the small and simple things. She truly glorified God, and with her light helped draw so many others to serve Christ. Very inspiring woman.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was intimidated by the length of the book . But I was mesmerized by Mother’s devotion and the frustrations she experienced. And her never ending commitment and goal. A great read . Slow and steady.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible research on the part of the author and a tremendous task to document the life of such an iconic character. Gained more insight into her life. It was hard to read at times but still totally worth it.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book on her life; however, a tad dry. Hence only four stars. Her life is an amazing testimony to the unending love of Christ, and how that love, when shared with others, can so change the world and overcome hate.
Ivan Krpan
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing person!

Great read about Mother Teresa. What a fascinating person who achieved so much without care for herself. He story and achievements are well worth reading.
Great and inspirational learning about her; didn't much like the writing
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book

I am very happy that though this book I have found out more about Mother’s Teresa life. She is a beautiful example of how to live in this world.
Jonas Stephan Johnson
Good day all well i faith this is a good book a story through a splendid person god bless really have it good.
Sherri Sutton
I found the life of Mother Teresa to be very interesting. What a wonderful saint she was, called at such a young age, steady, stable and faithful all her life. Amazing.
Chad A. Pentecost
No biblical references

Lacking in scripture citations and spiritual lessons. Too secular of a work for a supposed godly woman. I’m very disappointed.
Lacey Stluka
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Changed my life
Drue Schwitters
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-class
I read this book because I did a presentation on Mother Teresa for a class. It took me a long time to get through because it was so information-heavy, but Mother Teresa did a lot in her lifetime, and I thought this book did a great job of highlighting everything and including criticisms, too. Mother Teresa was an amazing woman, and this book is a great resource if anyone wants to know more about her life.
Lee Yahnker
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biography of Mother Theresa.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this, especially knowing that the author knew Mother Teresa and was able to cover her whole life. In the introduction, Spink says she was told to focus on Mother Teresa's philosophy more than on her as a person, and she covered the philosophy very well, as well as giving a detailed view of the person. I'm so impressed by M.T.'s ability to see Christ in everyone, and her desire to serve especially those people beyond help. I appreciated that Spink told some of the criticisms and ch ...more
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011, book-club
When I wasn't feeling like a horrible person or getting bogged down by all the little details, this book was actually not that bad. I mean Mother Teresa's life is interesting; she did a lot of good work and was world-renowned, she bypassed religious and national lines, she was, in short, a great person. I think where I had problems with this book was the writing. At times, I felt like I was reading a list of details, rather than a story of someone's life... sometimes it felt like reading a poorl ...more
Marina Schulz
Some parts of this book were definetly inspiring. Some parts were boring and I skipped through them. Others made me feel the author was very parcial when writing this book - it's obviously aimed at Catholics, so even though it admits some wrongdoings by Mother, I don't believe it dwells into it as deeply as it should. Medically speaking, I feel Mother could have done more, if she weren't so intent, as the author points out multiple times, on vows of poverty and the like. While I understand the p ...more
Sarah Bringhurst Familia
I picked this book off of my mother-in-law's shelf, and found it very absorbing. I guess the thing that impressed me most about Mother Teresa was her single-minded devotion to what she saw as her mission in life: to love and serve "the poorest of the poor." This book had plenty of her philosophy and quoted many of her letters and speeches. But some of my favorite parts were the ones that talked about her leadership style and her amazing gift for motivating and inspiring other people. Never compr ...more
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Kathryn Spink is the author of several book on the work of Mother Teresa and her coworkers, as well as other inspiring contemporary figures, including Brother Roger of Taize and Bede Griffiths.

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