The Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence

  • Light in My Darkness is a book, originally published in 1927 as "My Religion", written by Helen Keller when she was 47 years old. This book is regarded as Keller's spiritual autobiography. It advocates the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Christian theologian and mystic who gave a spiritual interpretation of the teachings of the Bible. In this book she writes:
  • "Since my seventeenth year, I have tried to live according to the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. By "church" he did not mean an ecclesiastical organization, but a spiritual fellowship of thoughtful men and women who spend their lives for a service to mankind that outlasts them. He called it a civilization that was to be born of a healthy, universal religion—goodwill, mutual understanding, service from each to all, regardless of dogma or ritual."

  • The change in title from My Religion to Light in My Darkness is significant. She declares, "I know that life is given us so that we may grow in love. And I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of the flower, the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence."

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