Book Review: Saint Edith Stein - A Spiritual Portrait

"Saint Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait" by Dianne Marie Traflet, Pauline Books (Boston, 2008), 179 pp., $16.95. "Joan of Arc: A Life" by Mary Gordon, Penguin Lives (New York, 2008), 180 pp., $14.

Centuries separate St. Joan of Arc and St. Edith Stein. And the women who wrote about them are different — Mary Gordon, a novelist, and Dianne Marie Traflet, a professor.

However, the authors both provide incredibly compelling works about the warrior saint and philosopher nun that strike similar chords with the reader. And as one reads about the horrific yet courageous deaths suffered by both St. Edith and St. Joan, one can see just what these two had in common — courage and grace.

In "Saint Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait," Traflet, associate dean and professor of pastoral theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., offers a wonderful insight into the mind and life of St. Edith.

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