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This authorized biography of a much-loved woman is remarkable for its readable narrative and intimate account of the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, often told in her own words, thus making it stand above the many books written about this contemporary saint both before and after her death. Its publication coincides with her beatification on October 19, 2003. Author T.T. Mundakel spent many hours with Mother Teresa; his skillful integration of her own words describing the events, decisions, and challenges of her life enhance the simple and compelling account of her struggles, her unending confidence in God, and her work among the poorest of the poor in India. Following her life from her childhood in Albania, via Dublin, to the streets of Calcutta, Blessed Mother Teresa exudes love, dignity, and faith. The book was originally written in the Malayalam language (one of the many Indian languages) and translated into Hindi in 1998, winning the prestigious Kakkassery award for the best biography published in India. The new translation into English is as befittingly gracious as its subject. Blessed Mother Teresa was written with the full cooperation of Mother Teresa and after her death, with the endorsement of the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded.