In the wake of World War I when neither Jews nor women were widely accepted in academia, Edith Stein rose to prominence as a leading philosopher who thrived in the intellectual community in Germany. She shocked both her Jewish family and her academic friends when she fell in love with Jesus Christ and became a Roman Catholic
More shocking still, eleven years later, Edith entered the cloistered Carmelite order to follow a life of mystic and contemplative prayer, changing her name to Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Edith Stein’s surrender to grace is all the more visible because of the dark night that enveloped the period of history in which she lived and died — when millions of men and women, including Edith Stein herself, were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime in the name of diligent ethnic cleansing.
Today, as the meaning of feminism is lost in a world of relativism, Edith Stein provides a model for a true feminist woman who authentically integrates faith, family, and work. Award-winning journalist Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings new light to this complex woman, her culture, and the pivotal period of history in which she lived and died.
More than a biography, these pages paint a multifaceted portrait of Edith Stein as seen by scholars, friends, and relatives – and by Catholics and Jews alike. You’ll gain new insights into the complex aspects of her life and death, as well as the impact of her character and personality on those who knew her. But most of all, you will enter into the interior life of this woman of Jewish descent who transformed her entire life because of her encounter with Jesus Christ, an encounter that led her from the depths of atheism to the heights of sainthood.
“Scaperlanda gives us a portrait of the saint that brings out her rich humanity, her deep intellectual gifts, and her anguished search for truth and for God. ”
Most Rev. Jose H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
“With precision and inspiration, María Ruiz Scaperlanda makes intimate to us this amazing woman who became St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. ”
Lisa M. Hendey
Author of The Grace of Yes and Founder of CatholicMom.com
“Weaving snippets of Stein’s writings coupled with personal accounts from people who knew her, Scaperlanda introduces the reader to one of the most formidable women of the 20th century, and a Saint for the 21st century.”
Maria Morera Johnson
Author of Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue
“Edith Stein’s life story is powerful, moving, and timely. María Ruiz Scaperlanda has given us a gift with this beautiful biography. ”
Author of Deathbed Conversions and You Can Share the Faith