Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service
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Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service

InterVarsity Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Mother Teresa believed that we must each find our own Calcutta--the place where you're called to serve others and God. Mary Poplin had only been a Christian for 3 years when in 1996 she traveled to India to work with Mother Theresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Finding Calcutta is her memoir of that time and all she learned about service, humility, compassion and spirituality--and how she's applied her experience to the rest of her life and work. Paperback.

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Title: Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service
By: Mary Poplin
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 0830834729
ISBN-13: 9780830834723
Series: Veritas Forum Books
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"Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are. . . . You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see." --Mother Teresa Lifelong educator Mary Poplin, after experiencing a newfound awakening to faith, sent a letter to Calcutta asking if she could visit Mother Teresa and volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity. She received a response saying, "You are welcome to share in our works of love for the poorest of the poor." So in the spring of 1996, Poplin spent two months in Calcutta as a volunteer. There she observed Mother Teresa's life of work and service to the poor, participating in the community's commitments to simplicity and mercy. Mother Teresa's unabashedly religious work stands in countercultural contrast to the limitations of our secular age. Poplin's journey gives us an inside glimpse into one of the most influential lives of the twentieth century and the lessons Mother Teresa continues to offer. Upon Poplin's return, she soon discovered that God was calling her to serve the university world with the same kind of holistic service with which Mother Teresa served Calcutta. Not everyone can go to Calcutta. But all of us can find our own meaningful work and service. Come and answer the call to find your Calcutta!

Author Bio

Mary Poplin (Ph.D., University of Texas) is professor of education at Claremont Graduate University in California, where she has served as director of the teacher education program and dean of the School of Educational Studies. Poplin works on the application of the intellectual, social and psychological principles of the Judeo-Christian worldview as they apply to higher education, particularly among culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and the poor. She has been a presenter about Mother Teresa's influence and legacy at Veritas Forums across the country.

Editorial Reviews

" Finding Calcutta is an intriguing journey of faith and insight as Mary Poplin discovers how to integrate her newfound faith into her well entrenched academic world. Her forthright approach is refreshingly honest without becoming an expose. Her practical understanding of Mother Theresa's faith and resultant purpose would be appreciated by Mother Theresa herself for the glory brought to God."

-- Lisa R. Roberts, Dharma Deepika, January-June 2010

" Finding Calcutta is inspirational."

-- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, January 2009

" Finding Calcutta is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and understanding the dynamics behind their work and service."

-- Tricia C., Book Bargains and Previews (, November 2008

"While on one level, Finding Calcutta is a reflection of one woman's interaction with Mother Teresa and the Sisters of Charity, it is also a deeper call to the readers to discover their own 'Calcutta' and to live there with the same measure of abandon. The simplicity and focus of the sisters in Finding Calcutta helped me acknowledge that the small ways I move toward offering my life (even addressing those darn shopping addictions) can be as 'beautiful for God' as an irresistible revolution."

-- The Link Between (, November 19, 2008

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