List of the Amazing Mother Teresa Books to read

Mother Teresa was one of the greatest humanitarian in the 20th centuries. She devoted her whole life to helping poor, sick and helpless people. She founded Missionary of charities to help those people. She believed in peace, love to poor and believe in God. Her books are most inspiring books which teaches humans about love, prayer, giving, service, poverty, forgiveness, Jesus and many more. Find here the list of the amazing Mother Teresa Books to read.

1. Something Beautiful for God

Something Beautiful for God : Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Book Name: Something Beautiful for God
  • Published: 1971
  • Author Name: Malcolm Muggeridge

Something Beautiful for God is a book that was based on a 1969 documentary on Mother Teresa that Muggeridge had undertaken. Something Beautiful for God interprets her life through her conversations with Malcolm Muggeridge, the quintessential worldly skeptic who experienced a remarkable conversion to Christianity because of her exemplary influence.

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2. A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations

  • Book Name: A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations
  • Published Year: 1975
  • Author: Mother Teresa
A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations

A wonderful collection of sayings and prayers of Mother Teresa. It’s a book of quotes from Mother Teresa which is a great reminder of how we can choose to live our lives in ways that make us truly content and happy.

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3. We do it for Jesus

We Do it for Jesus: Mother Teresa and Her Missionaries of Charity
  • Book Name: We do it for Jesus
  • Published Year: 1977
  • Author: Edward Le Joly

Edward Le Joly who has worked as the spiritual advisor to the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta wrote this book. This book is all about the life and works of Mother Teresa and her missionaries, in Calcutta and around the world.

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4. Servant of Love

Servant of Love: Mother Teresa and Her Missionaries of Charity
  • Book Name: Servant of Love: Mother Teresa and Her Missionaries of Charity
  • Published Year: 1978
  • Author: Edward Le Joly

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5. Teresa of Calcutta: A Pictorial Biography

Teresa of Calcutta: A Pictorial Biography
  • Book Name: Teresa of Calcutta: A Pictorial Biography
  • Published Year: 1980
  • Author: Robert Serrou

An interesting, close-up study of Mother Teresa, who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979 as a result of her extraordinary efforts working with the poor and unfortunate of Calcutta.

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6. Always the Poor

Always the Poor: Mother Teresa - Her Life and Message
  • Book Name: Always the Poor
  • Published Year: 1980
  • Author: Jose Luis Gonzales-Balado

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7. For the Brotherhood of Man Under the Fatherhood of God

For the Brotherhood of Man Under the Fatherhood of God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Her Missionaries of Charity and Her Co-workers
  • Book Name: For the Brotherhood of Man Under the Fatherhood of God
  • Published Year: 1981
  • Author: Kathryn Spink

In the book “For the Brotherhood of Man Under the Fatherhood of God ” read more about Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Her Missionaries of Charity and Her Co-Workers.

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8. The Love of Christ: Spiritual Counsels

the love of christ spiritual counsels mother teresa
  • Book Name: The Love of Christ: Spiritual Counsels
  • Published Year: 1982
  • Author: Mother Teresa

This is a little book, a sort of interview/overview of Mother Teresa. It includes a conversation of sorts where she states her mission and has parts of letters written over the years.

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9. Words to Love by

Words to Love by
  • Book Name: Words to Love by
  • Published Year: 1983
  • Author: Mother Teresa

Briefly describes the life of Mother Teresa and shares her thoughts about Jesus, faith, ministry to the poor, the family, love, suffering, and the strength of prayer.

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10. In the Silence of the Heart

In the Silence of the Heart: Meditations by Mother Teresa
  • Book Name: In the Silence of the Heart
  • Published Year: 1983
  • Author: Mother Teresa

Meditations, devotions, quotations, and material about Mother Teresa’s with the poor are included in this book “In the silence of the heart”.

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11. Suffering Into Joy: What Mother Teresa Teaches about True Joy

Suffering into Joy: What Mother Theresa Teaches About True Joy
  • Book Name: Suffering Into Joy: What Mother Teresa Teaches about True Joy
  • Published Year: 1984
  • Author: Mother Teresa

Suffered into Joy gave a glimpse at her life and philosophies. Her inner light radiates beyond her tiny frame as she shares the lesson of how one person can make a difference.

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12. Rosary Meditations from Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Rosary Meditations From Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Loving Jesus With the Heart of Mary: Eucharistic Meditations on the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary
  • Book Name: Rosary Meditations from Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Published Year: 1984
  • Author: Mother Teresa and Martin Lucia

The Book “Rosary Meditations” is all about how Jesus loves us. Mother Teresa said that Everything is in this book.

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13. I Need Souls Like You

I Need Souls Like You: Sharing in the Work of Mother Teresa Through Prayer and Suffering
  • Book Name: I Need Souls Like You: Sharing in the Work of Mother Teresa Through Prayer and Suffering
  • Published Year: 1984
  • Author: Kathryn Spink

I Need Souls Like You” is a small book describing what made Mother Teresa’s mission so powerful.

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14. Mother Teresa: Messenger of God’s Love

Mother Teresa: Messenger of God’s Love
  • Book Name: Mother Teresa: Messenger of God’s Love
  • Published Year: 1985
  • Author: Edward Le Joly

The book “Mother Teresa: Messenger of God’s Love” based on some of Mother Teresa’s writings and speeches and on conversations with and her sisters.

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15. Jesus, the Word to Be Spoken

Jesus the Word to Be Spoken
  • Book Name: Jesus, the Word to Be Spoken
  • Published Year: 1986
  • Author: Mother Teresa

In the book “Jesus, the Word to Be Spoken”, Mother Teresa shows the way to a closer walk with God. Speaking to her own Missionaries of Charity, this great woman reveals to us what it means to live a life completely for Jesus.

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16. Meditations On The Way Of The Cross

Meditations on the Way of the Cross
  • Book Name: Meditations On The Way Of The Cross
  • Published Year: 1986
  • Author: Brother Roger and Mother Teresa

The book “Meditations On The Way of The Cross” gives a distinctive spirituality, the burning love for Jesus Christ in meditations that follow the fourteen stations of the cross. Opening with the biblical texts that under gird each station, Mother Teresa and Brother Roger each present reflections filled with passion and insight.

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17. Total Surrender

Total Surrender
  • Book Name: Total Surrender
  • Published Year: 1986
  • Author: Mother Teresa, Brother Angelo Devananda

Mother Teresa tells the simple joy of following Jesus and surrendering fully to him. Her life of radical poverty and wholehearted dedication to the poorest of the poor forms the heart of this inspiring surrender to God and to those most in need. It is part of the genius of Mother Teresa that she finds ways to tailor her spirituality to people from every state and circumstance in life.

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18. Love: A Fruit Always in Season

Love: A Fruit Always in Season
  • Book Name: Love: A Fruit Always in Season
  • Published Year: 1987
  • Author: Mother Teresa

Inspirational passages collected from the writings and speeches of Mother Teresa are arranged according to the days of the church year in this book “Love: A Fruit Always in Season”.

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19. Mary, Mother of Reconciliations

Mary: Mother of Reconciliations
  • Book Name: Mary, Mother of Reconciliations
  • Published Year: 1987
  • Author: Mother Teresa

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20. My Life for the Poor: Mother Teresa of Calcutta

My Life for the Poor: Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Book Name: My Life for the Poor: Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Published Year: 1987
  • Author: Jose Luis Gonzales Balado

In this book “My Life for the Poor: Mother Teresa of Calcutta”, Mother Teresa tells her own story: her childhood, her family, and her early years in Albania; her work and religious training as a nun; her years teaching in India; her call to leave her order to serve the poor; the establishment of her Missionaries of Charity; and the growth of her order, including their life together and the work they have done.

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21. Heart of Joy

Heart of Joy: The Transforming Power of Self Giving
  • Book Name: Heart of Joy
  • Published Year: 1987
  • Author: Mother Teresa, José Luis González-Balado

Heart of Joy gathers together Mother Teresa’s thoughts. Heart of Joy is a collection of Mother Teresa’s speeches. It is a book that will bring you closer to the secret of Mother Teresa, to the source of her happiness, her energy, and her dedication. Most of all, it will inspire you to abandon your life more fully to God, to know the joy that comes from giving yourself to him.

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22. One heart full of love

One Heart Full of Love: Mother Teresa
  • Book Name: One heart full of love
  • Published Year: 1988
  • Author: Mother Teresa

In the book “One heart full of love” one can find the thoughts of Mother Teresa so clearly especially about her service to the poorest of the poor and also this work reflects the many great things that she has encountered in her incredible life with simplicity and strength. A book of collected talks and interviews by Mother Teresa.

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23. Loving Jesus

Loving Jesus
  • Book Name: Loving Jesus
  • Published Year: 1991
  • Author: Mother Teresa

In the book “Loving Jesus” Mother Teresa shares the heart of Jesus in a way that will inspire you to love those who are forgotten and neglected-no matter where they live. This book is not simply the title of a book but a way of life for Mother Teresa. It will encourage you to follow her example.

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24. Prayer: Seeking the Heart of God

Prayer: Seeking the Heart of God
  • Book Name: Prayer: Seeking the Heart of God
  • Published Year: 1992
  • Author: Brother Roger and Mother Teresa

In Seeking the Heart of God, two of the most renowned and inspirational spiritual persons “Mother Teresa and Brother Roger” combined their wisdom and experience to offer a practical, joyful celebration of the power of prayer.

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25. Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
  • Book Name: Mother Teresa
  • Published Year: 1992
  • Author: Naveen Chawla

A full biography was written by Naveen Chawla with Mother Teresa’s full cooperation and encouragement. Describes this living saint’s mission of faith and the principles that guide her. The book is extremely well researched and brings forth certain unknown aspects of Mother Teresa, including her personal life before she came to be recognized by the world.

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26. Best Gift is Love: Meditations

The Best Gift is Love: Meditations
  • Book Name: Best Gift is Love: Meditations
  • Published Year: 1993
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The book “The Best Gift is Love” will give you knowledge about the spiritual vision of Mother Teresa. This book will able to know about her passion for God, her way of life, her way of love.

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27. Mother Teresa: A Woman In Love

  • Book Name: Mother Teresa: A Woman In Love
  • Published Year: 1993
  • Author: Edward Le Joly

Edward Le Joly shares his perspective about Mother Teresa by emphasizing her spirituality and the love of Jesus which made it all possible, he shows how, under Mother’s careful guidance, the Missionaries of Charity have grown over the last decade.

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28. A Simple Path

A Simple Path
  • Book Name: A Simple Path
  • Published Year: 1995
  • Author: Mother Teresa, Lucinda Vardey

Mother Teresa shares the thoughts and experiences in her own words in this book. The book “A Simple Path” is based on Mother Teresa’s Simple Path comprising six elements. Silence, prayer, faith, love, service, and peace. A Simple Path gives voice to the remarkable spirit who has dedicated her life to the poorest among us. A Simple Path also tells the story of the founding of the Missionaries of Charity, their purpose and practice, and the results of their tireless work.

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29. In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories, and Prayers

In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories, and Prayers
  • Book Name: In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories, and Prayers
  • Published Year: 1995
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The book “In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers” is a short collection of some of her thoughts, stories, and prayers. It is excellent for short meditative reads. In this book, Mother Teresa speaks of the principles that have underlined her ministry for so long – selflessness, forgiveness, compassion, and spiritual strength.

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30. Mother Teresa: In My Own Words

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  • Book Name: Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
  • Published Year: 1996
  • Author: Mother Teresa, José Luis González-Balado

Mother Teresa: In My Own Words is a timeless testament to the power of her words. Here are the same quotes, stories, and prayers that helped strengthen and inspire the poor, the dying, the suffering, and the doubting who she met during her lifetime, and that will continue to strengthen and inspire all who read them. In this book, she talks about poverty and how the poor are masters. She also states how we need to give quality goods to people and share what we have materially.

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31. The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living

The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
  • Book Name: The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
  • Published Year: 1996
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The Book “The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living” is a collection of 365 motivational thoughts of her on various topics like prayer, abortion, serving the poor, families, God, holiness, and many more.

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32. Meditations from a Simple path

Meditations from a Simple Path
  • Book Name: Meditations from a Simple path
  • Published Year: 1996
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The book “Meditations from a Simple Path” is a pocket-sized little book. It contains the very best of Mother Teresa’s wisdom that was so apparent in A Simple Path. The book was very short and 88 very small pages.

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33. Blessings of Love

The Blessings of Love
  • Book Name: Blessings of Love
  • Published Year: 1996
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The Blessings of Love is a collection of Mother Teresa’s words that serve as instructions for how to make our daily lives count. Each page has a quote that reminds us of a “great thing” we can do–look one another in the eye, smile, listen with an understanding heart, start the day with Jesus. Topics include loving God, loving your neighbor, loving at home, expressing joy, understanding those who suffer, praying, responding to social concerns, giving, and more.

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34. No Greater Love

No Greater Love
  • Book Name: No Greater Love
  • Published Year: 1997
  • Author: Mother Teresa

No Greater Love is a passionate testament to Mother Teresa’s deep hope and abiding faith in God and the world. It will bring readers into the heart of Mother Teresa’s revolutionary vision of Christianity in its graceful, poetic simplicity. The book is covered with an inspirational collection of Mother Teresa’s teachings on love, prayer, giving, service, poverty, forgiveness, Jesus, and more.

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35. Everything starts from prayer

Everything Starts from Prayer: Mother Teresa's Meditations on Spiritual Life for People of All Faiths
  • Book Name: Everything starts from prayer
  • Published Year: 1998
  • Author: Mother Teresa, Larry Dossey, Anthony Stern

In the book “Everything starts from prayer” Mother Teresa teaches that everything starts from prayer and how prayer is necessary to achieve goals. How it takes us closer to God.

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36. Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Fruitful Branch on the Vine, Jesus

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Fruitful Branch on the Vine, Jesus
  • Book Name: Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Fruitful Branch on the Vine, Jesus
  • Published Year: 1998
  • Author: Mother Teresa

This little book “Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Fruitful Branch on the Vine, Jesus” prepared by the nuns of the Missionaries of Charity and published for the celebration of her third death anniversary. Here are Mother Teresa’s prayers and excerpts from her writings, accompanied by line drawings by the sisters. The simple drawings of the sisters complement the simple words of Mother Teresa. These simple words and simple drawings show the way to a profound joy through service to God in service to the poorest of the poor.

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37. Works of Love are Works of Peace

Works of Love are Works of Peace
  • Book Name: Works of Love are Works of Peace
  • Published Year: 1999
  • Author: Michael Collopy

Michael Collopy, who was a co-author of this book “Works of Love Are Works of Peace: Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity” took more than four years for the making and publishing of the book. Mother Teresa fully cooperated with Michael Collopy for this book. It’s a large format of a 224-page book that offers the most comprehensive photographic documentation of the work and prayer life of the Missionaries of Charity.

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38. Thirsting for God: A Yearbook of Meditations

Thirsting for God - A Yearbook of Prayers Meditations Anecdotes
  • Book Name: Thirsting for God: A Yearbook of Meditations
  • Published Year: 2000
  • Author: Mother Teresa

Thirsting for God is a book with 365 daily devotional readings. It’s a beautiful self-reflection and prayer book. This book contains one reflection from Mother Teresa for every day of the year.

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39. Reaching out in love

Reaching Out in Love: Stories Told by Mother Teresa
  • Book Name: Reaching out in love
  • Published Year: 2002
  • Author: Mother Teresa, Edward Le Joly, Jaya Chaliha

The Book “Reaching out in Love” is a collection of stories about one hundred and nine stories are presented here. These stories are imbued with both earthy wit and heavenly wisdom. They enrich, ennoble, and inspire.

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40. My Dear Children: Mother Teresa’s Last Message

My Dear Children: Mother Teresa's Last Message
  • Book Name: My Dear Children: Mother Teresa’s Last Message
  • Published Year: 2002
  • Author: Mother Teresa, Hiroshi Katayanagi

The book “My Dear Children”, includes some of Mother Teresa’s favorite original prayers that reveals her thoughts on the inability to pray, the lesson of poverty, the nature of love, and much more. She speaks of the importance of family for today’s children. This book provides a brief biography of Mother Teresa’s life. It is a work of perfect encouragement for one’s self or for others.

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41. Life With Mother Teresa

Life with Mother Teresa: My Thirty Year Friendship with the Mother of the Poor
  • Book Name: Life With Mother Teresa: My Thirty-year Friendship With The Mother Of The Poor
  • Published Year: 2004
  • Author: Sebastian Vazhakala

In this book “Life With Mother Teresa: My Thirty-Year Friendship With The Mother Of The Poor”, Author Sebastian Vazhakala tells not only the stories of the founding of the Contemplative and the Lay Missionaries, but also provides fresh insight into Mother Teresa who was “timid and very sensitive by nature,” according to the author, but who surrendered everything to God in order to serve Him in the poor.

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42. Love: The Words and Inspiration of Mother Teresa

Love: The Words and Inspiration of Mother Teresa
  • Book Name: Love: The Words and Inspiration of Mother Teresa
  • Published Year: 2007
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The book “LOVE: The Words and Inspiration of Mother Teresa” combines compelling photographs of Mother Teresa with quotations from her most inspiring speeches and writings to capture the true essence of her timeless messages of peace, acceptance, and love. The book also includes an in-depth biographical essay by South African writer/novelist Mike Nicol and an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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43. Jesus is My All in All

Jesus is My All in All: Praying with the Saint of Calcutta
  • Book Name: Jesus is My All in All
  • Published Year: 2008
  • Author: Mother Teresa, Brian Kolodiejchuk

This is a book that provides a framework for prayer over the course of nine days (a novena). It gives quotes from Mother Teresa as well as some of her prayers. Jesus is My All in All follows the Roman Catholic novena format; derived from the Latin word for nine, the novena provides a nine-day rhythm of prayer and reflection.

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44. I Loved Jesus in the Night: Teresa of Calcutta: a Secret Revealed

I Loved Jesus in the Night - Teresa of Calcutta - A Secret Revealed
  • Book Name: I Loved Jesus in the Night: Teresa of Calcutta: a Secret Revealed
  • Published Year: 2008
  • Author: Paul Murray

The book “I Loved Jesus in the Night: Teresa of Calcutta — A Secret Revealed” was an interesting look into the spiritual struggles of the well-known religious figure, Mother Teresa. This very personal yet powerful book is an attempt to come to terms with the dark night experiences endured by Mother Teresa in the light of the Gospel and the mystical teachings of St John of the Cross. And something else as well…revelations of Mother Teresa’s sense of humor!

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45. Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire

Mother Teresa's Secret Fire
  • Book Name: Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire
  • Published Year: 2008
  • Author: Joseph Langford

This book “Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire” published at Mother Teresa’s personal request to share her message with the world, it contains personal stories, revealing insights and never-before-seen letters from Mother Teresa.

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46. Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light

Mother Teresa Come be my light
  • Book Name: Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light
  • Published Year: 2009
  • Author: Mother Teresa, Brian Kolodiejchuk

The book “Come Be My Light” is a moving chronicle of Mother Teresa’s spiritual journey and it reveals the secrets she shared only with her closest confidants. It also illustrates how the experience of an agonizing sense of loss need not hold anyone back from doing something extraordinary with their lives.

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47. Where there is love, there is God

Where There Is Love There Is God - Her Path to Closer Union with God and Greater Love for Others
  • Book Name: Where there is love, there is God
  • Published Year: 2010
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The book “Where There is Love, There is God” unveils Mother Teresa’s extraordinary faith in and surrender to God’s will. This book is in some way a sequel to Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, in which her own very private spiritual struggles were explained.

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48. A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve

A Call to Mercy - Hearts to Love Hands to Serve
  • Book Name: A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve
  • Published Year: 2016
  • Author: Mother Teresa

The book “A Call to Mercy” offered some wonderful inspiration on Spiritual Works of Mercy, it’s based on the experiences of Mother Teresa, from her own writings, and those who worked with her closely. The book contains 14 chapters that deal with different topics.

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49. I Thirst: 40 Days with Mother Teresa

I Thirst - 40 Days with Mother Teresa
  • Book Name: I Thirst: 40 Days with Mother Teresa
  • Published Year: 2018
  • Author: Joseph Langford

Fr. Joseph Langford, a friend of Mother Teresa and a co-founder with her of the Missionary of Charity, wrote this book about Mother Teresa’s love of God, which will help foster the love of God in the heart of the reader.

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50. Do Something Beautiful for God

Do Something Beautiful for God - The Essential Teachings of Mother Teresa 365 Daily Reflections
  • Book Name: Do Something Beautiful for God: the Essential Teachings of Mother Teresa
  • Published Year: 2019
  • Author: Matthew Kelly

Do Something Beautiful for God is Mother Teresa’s enduring invitation and challenge to the world. This is not an abstract invitation but a deeply personal and intimate one. There is so much happening in the world and so much happening within our own hearts, minds, and souls. All this makes it is easy to lose sight of what matters most and get absorbed in what matters least.

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