How I Would Help the World, by Celebrated 20th Century Heroine Helen Keller, in Release by Swedenborg Foundation Press

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This re-discovered poetic essay by humanitarian Helen Keller, with an introduction by Ray Silverman, is about who and what inspired Helen to rise above the darkest of times personally and professionally

Humanitarian Helen Keller’s How I Would Help the World (Swedenborg Foundation Press, $11.95, 112 pages, paperback, ISBN-13 978-0877853367) will be released April 1, 2011 on Internet bookseller web sites (Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Swedenborg.com, and others), and in U.S. bookstores. Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman, a college chaplain from Pennsylvania, assembled little known information about Keller and wrote the introduction.

Helen Keller (1880-1968), despite the loss of sight, hearing, and normal speech at 19 months of age, went on to inspire millions as a graduate of Radcliffe College (Latin, German, French, belles-lettres), an author of 12 books, a speaker in 39 countries, and as a tireless advocate for women’s rights and those with disabilities. She is considered one of the most widely admired persons of the 20th century.

The book, full of eloquent prose and beautiful photographs, is an invitation into Helen’s private life and provides a glimpse of what inspired her to rise above the darkest of times personally and professionally. What was the secret behind Helen’s invincible optimism? It was her discovery of wisdom contained in Emanuel Swedenborg’s teachings. She wrote about the importance of love and truth over materialism and selfishness as the way to help heal the world.

Author and humorist Mark Twain wrote, “She doesn’t know merely things, she is splendidly familiar with the meanings of them….. Her pages are electric with light.” Most recently, President Barack Obama dedicated a chapter of his children’s book Of Thee I Sing, Letter to My Daughters to Helen Keller and wrote “never waiting for life to get easier… (she) gave others courage to face their challenges.”

Library Journal comments, “Keller’s writing is always a marvel of lucidity, and Silverman adds to the store of our understanding of her and her faith.” This is an inspiring little empowerment bible to carry around, an excellent gift, a welcome discovery for readers who already know of Helen, and, an authoritative introduction for those who do not.

The Swedenborg Foundation, housed in a historic building in West Chester, PA, publishes the writings of Swedish scientist and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). The non-profit organization, founded over 150 years ago, also publishes works that relate to Swedenborg’s influence on the arts, religion, theology, psychology, and literature. Much of his writing relates to a deeper understanding of Christianity, often referred to as the New Church. A number of well-known people have been fascinated and/or influenced by Swedenborg’s insights – Helen Keller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Honoré de Balzac, Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Carl Jung, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, August Strindberg, DT Suzuki, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. See http://www.swedenborg.com for more information.

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