One Glorious Ambition

One Glorious Ambition

The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix, A Novel

eBook - 2013
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One dedicated woman...giving voice to the suffering of many Born to an unavailable mother and an abusive father, Dorothea Dix longs simply to protect and care for her younger brothers, Charles and Joseph. But at just fourteen, she is separated from them and sent to live with relatives to be raised properly. Lonely and uncertain, Dorothea discovers that she does not possess the ability to accept the social expectations imposed on her gender and she desires to accomplish something more than finding a suitable mate. Yearning to fulfill her God-given purpose, Dorothea finds she has a gift for teaching and writing. Her pupils become a kind of family, hearts to nurture, but long bouts of illness end her teaching and Dorothea is adrift again. It's an unexpected visit to a prison housing the mentally ill that ignites an unending fire in Dorothea's heart--and sets her on a journey that will take her across the nation, into the halls of the Capitol, befriending presidents and lawmakers, always fighting to relieve the suffering of what Scripture deems, the least of these. In bringing nineteenth-century, historical reformer Dorothea Dix to life, author Jane Kirkpatrick combines historical accuracy with the gripping narrative of a woman who recognized suffering when others turned away, and the call she heeded to change the world.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780307729439
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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greenema
Mar 03, 2017

I was endeared with the author's story of the child Dorothea Dix, who was so scrappy in wanting a better life for herself and her brothers' after suffering at the hand of their cruel father and their incapable mentally ill mother. The author shares with compassion the tenacity that led young Dorothea become a teacher for the children of poverty as a teenager and to have compassion for the mentally ill, "those who had lost their reasoning". The author catalogues the difficult work Dorothea endures as she goes on to do a daunting and courageous work in bettering the lives of the mentally ill who in those days languished in alms houses and jails. It is the history of our countries development of mental health hospitals and the lady who championed their cause.
I couldn't put the book down wanting to see the outcome of Dorothea's compassionate mission. I gave it to my husband and although that is not usually a genre he enjoys, he read it straight through in a couple of days not able to stop reading it.

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weezie1
Aug 09, 2015

Was definitely not one of the best books I have read. It was okay once you got into it but half way through it went into to much of the same story line...government issues. Was very boring.

mrsgail5756 Jun 12, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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