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The Edith Stein Bundle

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The Edith Stein Bundle

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  1. Edith Stein: Life of a Philosopher and Carmelite
  2. Life in a Jewish Family: An Autobiography, 1891-1916 (The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 1)
  3. The Hidden Life: Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts (The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 4)
  4. Edith Stein: Her Life in Photos and Documents
  5. Holiness Befits Your House

Holocaust victim. Jewish convert. Philosopher. Feminist. Carmelite. Saint. Edith Stein was a woman of many talents. A brilliant philosopher, she was also gifted with a caring personality, deep capacity for friendship, and humor. Her engaging personal account of growing up in her large Jewish family and her spiritual writings, most written for her Carmelite community, let us see the woman as well as the academic. If you’ve hesitated to learn more about St. Edith Stein, this is a great opportunity to do so.

Let our Edith Stein Bundle introduce you to this remarkable 20th-century Carmelite saint.

  • First, get to know the woman and her story. Edith Stein: Life of a Philosopher and Carmelite is the first biography of Edith Stein, written by her prioress in the Cologne Carmel. The original text, “a wreath of recollections, lovingly woven together,” is here re-edited and enhanced by scholarly perspectives, and also updated and corrected in the light of information that was not available to the author at the time. Enriched by a broader range of contemporary literature about Edith Stein as philosopher, educator, spiritual writer, and Jewish victim of the Holocaust, this new presentation of the classic biography cited by so many brings the reader closer to the real Edith Stein.
  • Then, hear her story from her perspective, in her words. In Life in a Jewish Family, one of the most significant German-Jewish women of the 20th century tells us her personal story. At the age of twenty-five she became the first assistant to Edmund Husserl, the founder of Phenomenology. She was much in demand as a writer and lecturer after her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Her autobiography ends abruptly since she was taken prisoner by the Nazis and, like so many others, met her fate in the death camps. But it gives us fascinating insight into Edith Stein’s family life, her struggles with belief and search for truth, her service as a field nurse during the war, and then the beginnings of her academic career.
  • Now, begin to discover her wisdom. The Hidden Life is an inspiring collection of Edith Stein's shorter spiritual writings, many available for the first time in English translation. They were composed during her final years, often at the request of her Carmelite superiors. Here the noted philosopher, Catholic feminist, and convert shares her reflections on prayer, liturgy, the lives of holy women, the spirit of Carmel, the mystery of the Christian vocation, and the meaning of the cross in our lives. These essays, poems, and dramatic pieces offer readers a unique glimpse into the hidden inner life of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable women.
  • Then, get familiar with her face. Edith Stein: Her Life in Photos and Documents is more than just a brief biography of a Carmelite saint by one of the leading experts on Edith Stein. With more than 100 photos, it also shows us the people and places she knew.
  • Deepen your knowledge of Edith and why she’s more relevant than ever. Holiness Befits Your House provides significant official statements made in conjunction with Edith Stein’s beatification and canonization. Discover the reasons for the upsurge in attention to this leading woman of the 20th century, read commentary about her by keen observers, and learn the reason for her ongoing influence on interreligious dialogue around the world.