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Light in my Darkness

Light in my Darkness One of Time s women of the century Helen Keller reveals her mystical side in this best selling spiritual autobiography Writing that her first reading of Emanuel Swedenborg at age fourteen gave her t

  • Title: Light in my Darkness
  • Author: Helen Keller Dorothy Herrmann Ray Silverman
  • ISBN: 9780877853985
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Time s women of the century, Helen Keller, 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 Swedenborg s works sustained her throughout her life.This new edition iOne of Time s women of the century, Helen Keller, 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 Swedenborg s 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.

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    1. Helen Keller Dorothy Herrmann Ray Silverman says:
      Helen Keller would not be bound by conditions Rendered deaf and blind at 19 months by scarlet fever, she learned to read in several languages and even speak, eventually graduating with honors from Radcliffe College in 1904, where as a student she wrote The Story of My Life That she accomplished all of this in an age when few women attended college and the disabled were often relegated to the background, spoken of only in hushed tones, is remarkable But Keller s many other achievements are impressive by any standard she authored 13 books, wrote countless articles, and devoted her life to social reform An active and effective suffragist, pacifist, and socialist the latter association earned her an FBI file , she lectured on behalf of disabled people everywhere She also helped start several foundations that continue to improve the lives of the deaf and blind around the world As a young girl Keller was obstinate, prone to fits of violence, and seething with rage at her inability to express herself But at the age of 7 this wild child was transformed when, at the urging of Alexander Graham Bell, Anne Sullivan became her teacher, an event she declares the most important day I remember in all my life Sullivan herself had once been blind, but partially recovered her sight after a series of operations In a memorable passage, Keller writes of the day Teacher led her to a stream and repeatedly spelled out the letters w a t e r on one of her hands while pouring water over the other This method proved a revelation That living world awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away And, indeed, most of them were In her lovingly crafted and deeply perceptive autobiography, Keller s joyous spirit is most vividly expressed in her connection to nature Indeed, everything that could hum, or buzz, or sing, or bloom, had a part in my education Few know what joy it is to feel the roses pressing softly into the hand, or the beautiful motion of the lilies as they sway in the morning breeze Sometimes I caught an insect in the flower I was plucking, and I felt the faint noise of a pair of wings rubbed together in a sudden terror The idea of feeling rather than hearing a sound, or of admiring a flower s motion rather than its color, evokes a strong visceral sensation in the reader, giving The Story of My Life a subtle power and beauty Keller s celebration of discovery becomes our own In the end, this blind and deaf woman succeeds in sharpening our eyes and ears to the beauty of the world Shawn Carkonen

    Comment 658 on “Light in my Darkness

    1. R.K. Goff says:
      A beautifully written piece on Helen Keller s love and devotion to her religion She explains the basic beliefs of Swedenborg Christianity, and then in her own lyrical style talks about how it has touched her, and how wonderful it is I read a lot of religious books from many different religions This one is amazingly approachable, even if you disagree with her religion She writes from a completely personal I perspective, and is never offensive or exclusionary Honestly it was just a highly pleasant [...]

    2. ~LAURA~ ~Jones~ says:
      I would like to read this book because Id like to see how a blind and deaf person writes.

    3. Lee Woofenden says:
      I ve read Light In My Darkness several times Each time I enjoy it .Helen Keller is known as an inspirational figure, an author, an activist, even a socialist She is less known as a Christian mystic and avid reader of the spiritual writings of Emanuel Swedenborg 1688 1772.Light In My Darkness is than Keller s exposition of her religion and tribute to Emanuel Swedenborg It stands on its own as a personal expression of Keller s own spirituality and mystical experience Yes, you will learn something [...]

    4. Helen says:
      Helen Keller traces her spiritual development Swedenborgianism, 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.You have got to think that someone with the handicaps that Helen Keller dealt with was searching for answers and meaning She was an amazing woman who thought deeply.

    5. Diane says:
      Keller s observations are ever fresh and pertinent, and I will begin again on this one again very soon, though I don t think I finished it completely I was pleasantly surprised with Keller s insights and presentation.

    6. Sean says:
      At my first dinner in Heaven, I will be seated between Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Keller So many beautiful ideals and life positions.

    7. Sharon Field says:
      Basically a rewrite of My Religion A very approachable introduction to Swedenborg s views on religion which formed the basis on which HK based her lifetime of work

    8. Shivani Loka-Laksmi says:
      Beautiful, incredible spirit None other like her in this realm However, I found it a bit antiquated, naturally Maybe I was a bit distracted, I was reading it along with many other modern memoirs.

    9. Leslie says:
      Helen Keller is one of my heros It s interesting to read of her religious affiliation Swedenborg s philosophy.

    10. Lee Richardson says:
      Started going to the New Church again, and someone there handed us this book It is a very powerful book, as I never new how Helen Keller was a Swedenborg Keller is extremely intelligent, and makes a captivating case for the new church Her explanation of Swedenborg s thoughts and ideas are something I ve never heard articular this well before, and makes me think I ll try to read some of Swedenborg next Some of the background on Swedenborg s life in Chapter 2 is just astonishing He went from writi [...]

    11. Richard says:
      Very interesting to see this alongside D.T Suzuki s work on Swedenborg.

    12. Joe says:
      Helen Keller speaks in a beautiful, touching, inspiring way about her faith, which was influenced profoundly by the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and visionary, Emmanuel Swedenborg Many of Swedenborg s teachings resonate with gospel truths restored through Joseph Smith I believe Swedenborg was one of the forerunners who helped prepare the way for the gospel to be restored He knew understood so much, though not the fulness.

    13. D Steven Ledingham says:
      Great insight into the thinking of Helen Keller

    14. Shellie says:
      It was interesting to read of her spiritual journey Not her biography.

    15. Rebecca (everyday reader) says:
      A blind deaf girl, her life, and her teacher.

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