Saturday, January 08, 2011
Recommended Reading: Edith Stein: Life in a Jewish Family
A book about a former Jewish atheist who converted and was later canonized may seem an odd choice for Advent reading but this is the book I chose. It is the unfinished autobiography of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, formerly Edith Stein. Her autobiography was interrupted by her arrest and ultimate death at the hands of the Nazis.
Because she wrote this autobiography as a Catholic, she makes references to certain situations from a Catholic perspective even though it involved Jewish individuals.
Dietrich von Hildrebrand another famous Catholic convert.
Richard Courant. He co-authored a well-known book on mathematics with Herbert Robbins entitled What is Mathematics. In the Stein autobiography she speaks in a warm way of her cousin, with whom she had a close relationship.
"The further removed things are from mathematics, the more complicated they are; and nothing is as far removed from mathematics as housekeeping." - Nelli Courant, mathematician and wife of Richard Courant. Nelli was not very well equipped to be a housewife according to Edith Stein.
The manuscript continues on until it is abruptly stopped. Sad that it was never to be completed. But then again, we all know how it turns out.
This book can be ordered at EWTN Religious Catalog