The Back of the Book: Cardiologist Paul Wright had it all – wealth, prestige, a fulfilling career, a loving family. But despite his success, he felt empty, depressed, and a drift. He longed to know what purpose God had for him. Seeking direction, Wright sought out Mother Teresa, the person he considered the expert on living the Christian life. Wright’s life was forever changed when Mother Teresa shared her message – that his purpose in life, indeed the purpose of each of us, is to serve others with compassion.
Wright tells an inspiring story of transformation, of his dramatic shift in values and lifestyle, even the way he practised medicine. Drawing an analogy from medicine, Wright says that Mother Teresa gave him her prescription. Following the prescription means embracing both a life of service and the ten spiritual attitudes that accompany such a life: compassion and love, contentment and gratitude, honesty, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, humility, faith, commitment to community, and reverence for human life. Wright discerned the attitudes as he observed Mother Teresa at work and endeavoured to change his own life. Join Wright as he shares what he learned from Mother Teresa and how he found inner peace and happiness when he began living a life based in service and compassion.
Why (and how) I got this book: I was at a particularly low ebb and browsing the Catholic bookshop when I spied this title and decided to take it home.
NotJustLaura’s Review: When I bought this book, I imagined that Dr Wright was Mother Teresa’s physician and built his relationship with her while caring for her health. He wasn’t and didn’t. In fact, like me, he met Mother Teresa when he was at a low ebb and went to her for advice. He then spent time working with her, helping ‘Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor’ and went on to run several large projects of his own. His book is a fascinating (and easy to read) account of these experiences and has greatly eased my own disquiet over life events. I’d highly recommend it to anyone asking the, seemingly perennial, question of: What do I do now?