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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Product Review: Listening to God with Mother Teresa

I have always been intrigued by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her simple life seems so extraordinary compared to the busy and complex lives we lead today. This little book, Listening to God with Mother Teresa, compiled by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, offers small glimpses into her life. Each little glimpse is represented by a saying that is followed by the biblical reference that inspired her way of life.

This book is not intended to be read from start to finish in one sitting. Instead, the reader should take time to ponder and reflect on each of the thoughts. The text is divided into one hundred small sections, each section is so powerful and thought provoking that to read them all at once would only diminish their meaning.

As a busy mother, I found this book especially helpful. It only took a few moments of my time to read one page, and yet I reflected on what I read several times a day. For example one of the sayings states, "If you judge people, you have no time to love them (page 48)." How many times a day do I judge others or let my past experiences reflect how I view or treat them? A man came to my door looking for work. He had a snow shovel and wanted to remove the snow in front of my house. I quickly took in his missing teeth, messy appearance, darting eyes and turned him away. I had made my decision before I even opened the door. There was no room in my heart for love, only judgement. This man is some mother's son, could be a father, and is searching for a honest wage. Although I have never had any experience with him personally, I immediately took in his disheveled appearance and judged him.

I highly recommend this text for anyone who wants to explore aspects of Mother Teresa and anyone who is looking to deepen their spiritual understanding but believes they lack the time and ability to do so. The book is published by Our Sunday Visitor and is available at The Catholic Company for only $14.95.

Disclaimer: This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Listening to God with Mother Teresa . They are also a great source for serenity prayer and baptism gifts.

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