I met Edith Schaeffer in Rochester at a L'Abri conference over 15 years ago. She was tiny and intense, with dark eyes that looked right into you. It was the sort of look that makes you feel like, even though there were hundreds of people in the room, she was here to talk to just you. She was sitting down, autographing books with her signature and sketches in black thinline marker. I handed her my copy of Christianity is Jewish. She placed her 80-something hand on mine, looked up at me and said, "Do you homeschool?" I replied, "Why, yes, I do." Then she said, "Don't put that or your children above your husband. Ever." I remember thinking at the time, "Well, that was pretty direct of her!"
Of course, turns out it was good advice. And now I occasionally share the same wisdom to my younger friends. Her books helped me to find a type of Christianity that I could embrace wholeheartedly with a wide focus that was new to me and spoke to not only my soul, but my heart and mind, too. And if it wasn't for Edith and her daughter, Susan, I doubt I would have learned about Charlotte Mason at all.
Human beings are very unbalanced and tend to go off on tangents.In every area of life - with too great emphasis on one thing, leaving out another important thing altogether.None of us will ever be perfectly balanced in our spiritual lives, our intellectual lives, our emotional lives, our family lives, in relationships with other human beings, or in our business lives.But we are challenged to try, with the help of God. We are meant to live in the scriptures. - Edith Schaeffer
Here are my favorite books by Edith Schaeffer:
|Mei Fuh: Memories from China - a favorite of my girls about Edith's childhood in China (contains the famed Pilgrim's Progress story on the stairs)|
|L'Abri - amazing story of how it all began in the Swiss Alps|
|The Hidden Art of Homemaking a classic on homemaking, dated yet timeless|
|Christianity Is Jewish|
"January 1979 - To Beth and Paul, Yes you did see Francis Schaeffer on the street! It is an amazing thing to us that I finished this book on Oct 2, 1977 and that Oct. 9, 1978 we arrived at Mayo Clinic to be told Fran has cancer. We feel sure God TIMED this book for us as well as for many other people. With love to you, and your family. Edith Schaeffer"
(Francis Schaeffer died of lymphoma in May of 1984.)
Her speeches and talks have enriched my life. She will be missed.
From joy to joy,