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Light In My Darkness
by Helen Keller, Ed. By Ray Silverman
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Midwest Book Review
Originally published as My Religion in 1927, this Helen Keller classic has been revised and edited, in keeping with Keller's original wishes, by Ray Silverman, providing a strong blend of her original title and her autobiography, essays, letters and lectures in an integrated volume considering her religious values and reflections. Enjoy a well-done editing job which provides a smooth assembly of Keller's thoughts.
Helen Keller, Time Magazines woman of the century, reveals her mystical side in this best-selling spiritual autobiography. Writing that her first reading of Emanuel Swedenborg at age fourteen gave her truths that were to my faculties what light, color and music are to the eye and ear, she explains how Swedenborgs works sustained her throughout her life.
This new edition includes a foreword by Dorothy Herrmann, author of the acclaimed Helen Keller: A Life, and a new chapter, Epilogue: My Luminous Universe.
Swedenborgiansim, with its concepts of a universal spiritual reality and brotherhood, a loving god, and an afterlife in which no one would suffer from limitations and handicaps, appealed to Helen. She drew much inspiration and insight from the Swedish seer's writings and his enthralling presentation of morality, calling them "the light in my darkness, the voice in my silence." (From the Foreword by Dorothy Herrmann, author of Helen Keller: A Life)
Keller herself was without conceit; her own words make her a more appealing figure than the woman glimpsed in old newsreels. Her view of her life is motivated by joy and gratitude. (The Bloomsbury Review)
Exploring these writings gives us a more intimate view of Keller's joyous celebration of life and transformative spiritual vision." (NAPRA Review)
[This book]. . . presents an inspiring picture of this remarkable woman's affirmation of the power and triumph of the spirit (New Age Retailer).
In June 1935, a week before her seventy-fifth birthday, Helen received an honorary degree from Harvard University, the first woman to be so honored. When her name was called, the entire audience rose for a standing ovation. She had never looked more beautiful-she was dressed entirely in white, with a white hat with small green flowers. Pinned to her dress was a corsage of white gardenias that the Swedenborgians had sent her. It was a measure of her respect and devotion to the New Church that she chose to wear these lovely flowers on this very special day of her life.
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