MOTHER TERESA: Sister to the Poor by Patricia Reilly Giff

MOTHER TERESA: Sister to the Poor

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Giff presents Mother Teresa, one of the world's best-loved women, who believes that change comes by helping the nearest needy person. Born in 1910 to Albanian parents in what was then Macedonia as Agnes Bojaxhiu, she grew up immersed in the church and in caring for others, her mother's deepest concerns. Hearing about the poor of India, she decided to join the Sisters of Loreto, who served there. She was assigned to teach in a school for girls from wealthy Calcutta families. But the call of the poor was stronger than her love of teaching. She was given permission to found an order devoted to their needs, and the Missionaries of Charity came into being to serve all: Hindu, Moslem or Christian. The work of the Order, based on the simplest, strongest principles, spread throughout the world, and honors were heaped on Mother Teresa, culminating in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Because Mother Teresa is reluctant to talk about herself, this straightforward account of her outward life and achievements has only an occasional flash of the person within. Nevertheless, her lifelong pursuit of succor for the poorest of the poor is a drama that provides an inspiring reading experience.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1986
Page count: 58pp
Publisher: Viking