Sorrow Built A Bridge indicates accurately the ways of Providence in the life of Mother Alphonsa, born Rose Hawthorn, the marital infelicity occasioned by her husband's intemperance, thus diverting the energies of a New England girl of Yankee lineage, Yankee sensibilities and Yankee perseverance and spiritualizing her activities in the face of obstacles that would daunt most men. This biography is an intimate record, feelingly told, of the abundant sorrows that went into the making of this modern saint. The record is detailed enough and wide enough in its appeal to draw Catholic as well as Protestant. The common advertisement ""Cancer can be cured"" may or may not be true. But the fine account of the courageous woman who refused to let cancer patients go to ""The Island"" when everybody thought cancer could not be cured, and, with nothing but trust in Providence, built a home for these pariahs of society, must appeal to our common humanity. An arresting book and an inspiration to all social workers.