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An autobiography that is at once a dedication and testament, for Mrs. Vester has known 70 years in Jerusalem, in the American Colony and tells of her parents' and her own work in the Colony with high resolve. From Chicago's Lake View, after the deaths of their four daughters and their only son, the Spaffords set out with a group to live in the Holy Land and to practice the precepts of living in unity, of helping others without prejudice of color or creed. This is the story of that achievement, in all its bare existence, its conflicts with authority and local antagonism, its eventual recognition and its work under changing governments. It is a story of faith which transcended human bickering, jealous and vicious attacks, which was its own reward in the comfort it gave others. A very intimate picture of Jerusalem through the years, of the goals the Colony attained -- and how they attained them --, of human beings fortified by spiritual rather than physical values. A plus sale for this in the religious department.

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 1949
Publisher: Doubleday