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She Made Me Laugh

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Mother Teresa and the Call to Holiness

by Stephanie Emmons

Most people likely know of Mother Teresa’s great faithfulness to God’s call as she started her ministry to the poor in Calcutta. But at the time, few knew that she had lost all sense of God's presence, love, and sometimes the assurance that God existed at all.

Astonishingly, for 50 years, the saint's life was spent in what she called "the darkness." Yet, somehow Mother Teresa managed to get up every morning and say yes to God. And not only did she say yes, she came to accept the darkness, while also allowing a sense of humor and even playfulness to shine through.

This book is a memoir of the author’s direct experiences with Mother Teresa during a trip to Calcutta in 1996 when she discovered that sense of humor first hand. It is also an extended reflection on the beloved saint’s “dark night of the soul” and what that might mean for spiritual seekers today.

Trade Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 inches
160 pages
October 2020
Paraclete Press
ISBN: 9781640601840


“Part coming-of-age story, part travelogue and part meditation, She Made Me Laugh is a highly engaging book about what it means to answer God’s call in a world crying out for justice and consolation. Through evocative and often humorous prose, Emmons provides readers with a vivid account of her personal journey to answer this question. With her we travel to India, meet Mother Teresa, see abject suffering and laughter-filled joy. We become friends with her winsome traveling companion Miriam, taste pineapple picked straight from the plant, and feel the harrowing impact of seeing the slack body of an impoverished newborn. As readers, we become witnesses to lost innocence and the transformative power of compassion. By the book’s end we too ask: where is God leading me?” —Gabrielle Earnshaw, author of Henri Nouwen and The Return of the Prodigal Son: The Making of a Spiritual Classic

"A beautiful, and very honest journal of a life changing trip to India and encounter with Mother Teresa of Calcutta by a young adult from Canada. Looking back twenty-five years later, Stephanie Emmons recounts the very human and frequently humorous details of that trip but also the profound questions and issues which it raised for her own faith and life. Her deep spiritual and human reflections, especially in the the second half of her book, are both a personal testimony and inspiration for all Christians who are seeking to faithfully follow Jesus as Mother Teresa so powerfully and yet so humanly exemplified.” —Fr. Roger Vandenakker, CC, General Superior, Companions of the Cross

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She Made Me Laugh