Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

When I was attempting to become a Christian, one of the first witnesses to the Gospel whom I met was Elisabeth Behr-Sigel. Despite our long friendship and work together on numerous initiatives, I never had fully realized the breadth of her life and work until I read...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This biography was indeed a collective effort, with its origins coming from the urging of François Cousin. Many people have participated in its preparation, and I would like to mention here the most important of them...

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Acknowledgments to the English Translation

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pp. xi-xii

While Olga Lossky has expressed gratitude to many who made possible her work in writing this wonderful biography of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, there are some others who deserve recognition and thanks for the appearance of this English language...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xvi

“God writes straight with crooked lines.” Elisabeth Behr-Sigel liked to cite this Portuguese proverb in her writings and conversations. The crooked lines of our lives sometimes trace meanderings that, from a human point of view, can be thoroughly...

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1. The Encounters of the Formative Years, 1907–1932

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pp. 1-51

It was in the heart of Alsace, in Schiltigheim, that Elisabeth was born on July 21, 1907. This village bordering on Strasbourg and affectionately called Schilick by its inhabitants, still conserves its rural charms, with its half-timbered peasant houses, its farms flanked by stables and...

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2. The Years in Nancy, 1933–1969

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pp. 53-178

While to the east of the Rhine, Hitler became chancellor of the Reich, André and Elisabeth were married on February 19, 1933, at Plessis- Robinson on the outskirts of Paris. Father Lev officiated, assisted by André’s uncle, Fr. Nicolas Behr, a former diplomat then living in...

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3. Paris as a Turning Point, 1969–1980

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pp. 179-232

The choice of settling in Paris was to prove decisive for Elisabeth. By getting closer to the Orthodox circles there, she was be able to dedicate herself more fully to the planting of a local Church through the different initiatives in which she was already involved...

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4. The Radiance of Maturity, 1980–2005

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pp. 233-294

For Elisabeth, the death of Fr. Lev marked the end of a restless period in her life, which had been dominated by the unpredictable reactions of the monk toward her. His demise led her to experience another kind of relationship, exempt...

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Epilogue

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pp. 295-299

As the elevator goes up to the tenth floor, I feel a knot in my throat. I’m recalling all those Saturdays when Elisabeth would greet me at the door of her apartment, with a twinkle in her eye and with her arms wide open: “Oh, there you are! Come in, come in!” I’m thinking of...

Notes

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pp. 300-314

Bibliography of Works by Elisabeth Behr-Sigel

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pp. 315-334

Index

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pp. 335-344

About the Author

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