Edith Stein (1891 - 1942) was a highly regarded German philosopher, Catholic educator, and dedicated Carmelite nun who died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz/Berkenau on account of her Jewish heritage. She received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Freiburg where she studied under the great phenomenologist Edmund Husserl. Stein's dissertation was on the theme of empathy. Born into a Jewish family, she adopted atheism before turning to Christianity, having been profoundly influenced by the writings of Teresa of Avila. She received baptism as a catholic in 1922 and entered a Discalced Carmelite monastery in 1933.

This volume in Orbis Books' Modern Spiritual Masters Series is introduced and edited by John Sullivan. The five thematic chapters covering Stein's writings are In and For the Life of the World, Letting God's Plan Guide Us, Searching for Deep Truth, Woman and Women, and Freedom at the Cross. Sullivan describes her as "a leading thinker in the Catholic women's movements of the German-speaking countries, a scholar of depth and originality, a proficient and prolific writer." The discerning spiritual reader who is always on the lookout for material to stretch his or her soul will find gems here on divine providence, surrendering to God as the ultimate liberation, and concern for others. And here's a mantra from Stein to use in your daily practice: "Be patient with yourself; God is."