One Glorious Ambition~ the Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix

I finished Jane Kirkpatrick’s marvelous historical fiction book about Dorothea Dix.   Miss Dix was best known for her reformation of the treatment and housing of the mentally ill.  I was impressed with the tenacity and stubbornness of Dorothea, in standing up to legislators, pursuing politics and doing whatever she could to get people to view the mentally ill and mentally retarded(who were often imprisoned)  with COMPASSION instead of revulsion or fear.

The visits she made to both public and private institutions for the insane almost broke her heart, but it also infuriated her, which cemented her fervent desire for change and ameliorate socially accepted treatment standards of the 1800s.

The novel is intensely interesting, and keeps the reader wanting to know more and more.  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in social history, mental health, or to any Christian who would like more insight into the amazing life of Miss Dorothea Dix. 

 

Matthew 25: [34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
[35] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
[36] Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
[37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
[38] When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?[39] Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
[40] And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

[41] Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
[42] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
[43] I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
[44] Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
[45] Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
[46] And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 

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