Light in my Darkness
Author : Helen Keller
Editor : Ray Silverman
Format : Paperback, 178 pages
Release date : 2000
One of Time's women of the century, Helen Keller, reveals her mystical side in this best-selling spiritual autobiography. Writing that her first reading of Emanuel Swedenborg at age fourteen gave her truths that were "to my faculties what light, color and music are to the eye and ear," she explains how Swedenborg's works sustained her throughout her life. Light in My Darkness is an edited version of Keller's spiritual autobiography, My Religion. This new edition includes a foreword by Dorothy Herrmann, author of the acclaimed Helen Keller: A Life, and a new chapter, "Epilogue: My Luminous Universe."
Helen Keller, (1880-1968) was stricken with a disease that left her blind and deaf at only nineteen month of age. The story of how her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was able to break through and help her learn to communicate became an inspiration for millions. Keller quickly learned to read and write, and later became the first blind and deaf person to earn a college degree when she graduated from Radcliffe College. Ray Silverman is the author of Rise Above It: Spiritual Development through the Ten Commandments (co-authored with his wife, Star) and the editor of Helen Keller's spiritual autobiography Light in My Darkness. More recently, he authored the introduction for the stand-alone edition of Helen Keller's inspirational essay How I Would Help the World. Ray has a PhD from the University of Michigan, an MAT from Wesleyan University, and an MDiv from the Academy of the New Church Theological School. He currently serves as associate professor of religion, English, and moral philosophy at Bryn Athyn College and is an adjunct instructor at Urbana University, the home of the Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum and the Chapman School of Leadership in Sustainability.
"Keller herself was without conceit; her own words make her a more appealing figure than the woman glimpsed in old newsreels. Her view of her life is motivated by joy and gratitude."
- The Bloomsbury Review
" . . . presents an inspiring picture of this remarkable woman's affirmation of the power and triumph of the spirit."
- New Age Retailer
"In writing this review, one is struck by the number of metaphors we use in every day parlance which relate to seeing, vision, imagery and light. "By any stretch of the imagination, this book is exceptional in its perception and the light it sheds on the world of one who lived with (so-called) disabilities. Light in My Darkness is an expanded edition of Helen Keller's My Religion, originally published in 1927.
"The present title is very appropriate, as Keller herself longed to be "a light-bringer to the souls of (those) who are lost in the horror of great darkness" (p. xv). Helen Keller was able to live positively in that dark (and in her case, silent) world because of the illumination she had found and that she shares in this book through her discovery of Emanuel Swedenborg's teachings on Christianity. As Keller's spiritual guide, she describes Swedenborg's writings as "my light and a staff in my hand, and by his vision splendid I am attended on my way" (p. 20).
"This is the attitude in which her book is offered, and it has the potential to be sued as a guide for anyone living in spiritual darkness as well. It is a book centered on light. As it editor, Ray Silverman, points out: Kweller's style was that of a "Prose Poet," who wrote "in bursts of radiant light" (p. xiii).
"This is an elaborate, Victorian styled work. The author extensively discusses revelation, and particularly God's self revelation, especially through the lens of Swedenborg. If you are ready for an enlightening, earnest, old-time spirituality, this is for you."
? Reviewed by Wendi Sargeant, a Uniting Church Minister, Journey Online, Queensland (Australia) Uniting Church