"I know that a new and kinder day will come. I would so much like to live on, if only to express all the love I carry within me. And there is only one way of preparing the new age, by living it even now in our hearts."
Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), a young Dutch Jewish woman, died in Auschwitz at the age of 29. Through the publication forty years later of her diaries (An Interrupted Life), the world discovered a remarkable voice that transcends the genre of Holocaust literature. In the last two years of her life, Etty expressed a deeply ecumenical mysticism, drawing on scripture, literature, and Christian sources. As the noose of repression grew tighter, she faced up to her fate with extraordinary grace and courage, determined to affirm the goodness and beauty of life, and to make of her soul a haven for God. As she surrendered herself to the Westerbork Transit Camp she expressed her desire to serve as the "thinking heart of the barracks." This volume, drawn from her letters and diaries, lays out the themes of her distinctive and inspiring spiritual vision.
Annemarie S. Kidder is a German-born theologian, Presbyterian pastor, and associate professor at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, Michigan. She has translated and edited Karl Rahner’s The Mystical Way in Everyday Life, and is the editor of Etty Hillesum: Spiritual Writings (both from Orbis).
It is amazing how very relevant and inspiring Etty Hillesum's words are to our times.... a helpful guide for those who search for spiritual growth and inner balance."
- Denise de Costa, author , Anne Frank and Etty Hillesum
A marvelous book full of praise and power, song and light, of a profound, strong love that overcame all hatred. This is the story of a truly modern soul that can inspire, affirm, and transform one from within.
- Ursula King, author, Spirit of Fire
This is a remarkable collection garnered from the writings of a saintly, human and indomitably good woman who lived against the shadowed curtain of unspeakable inhumanity.... a book to read in small doses, repeatedly.
- Megan McKenna, author, Not Counting Women and Children