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Life of Laura Barney

Life of Laura Barney

Author: Mona Khademi
Product Code: LLB
ISBN: 978-0-85398-652-2
Publisher: George Ronald
Pages: 512
Availability: In stock
Price: $34.95


The story of a well-connected, wealthy woman from the West whose devotion to a spiritual leader from the East transformed her life into one of selfless service to humanity. The Life of Laura Barney traces the journey of Laura Barney from her pampered childhood to her life as a feminist, global-thinker and peace-builder who was twice decorated by the French Legion of Honor.


Born in Ohio, in 1879 to Alice Pike, artist and philanthropist, and Albert Clifford Barney, a wealthy industrialist, Laura lived in two different worlds: one her wealthy family, the other her spiritual family. Her privileged family mingled with the elite social and artistic circles of Washington, D.C.; New York; Bar Harbor, Maine; and later Paris. Her older sister, Natalie, became a well-known poet, writer and literary Parisian salon hostess. Laura had a very different world of her own.


Having an inquisitive mind searching for spiritual awakenings, as a young woman Laura learned about the teachings of an eastern spiritual leader and traveled to ‘Akká to meet Him, attracted to the teachings of oneness of humankind, gender equality and world peace. She put questions to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh. The result was the publication of a unique book, Some Answered Questions, which is considered part of the sacred texts.


Her travels to Palestine, Egypt, and Iran and to Japan, Indochina and India as well as her travels across North America provided her with insights into the reality and challenges experienced by others, so very different from her own experiences. She served on different committees with the League of Nations, the United Nations and the International Council of Women for 50 years. She was a pioneer in many areas, championing the rights of women, advocating for world peace, providing tools for the education of young people, and supporting humanitarian activities around the world.


Every step Laura Barney took until the end of her long life was taken to fulfill the vision of her faith of bringing peace, human rights and progress to the world. Her legacy continues.


The book she compiled, Some Answered Questions, continues to shed light on the social and spiritual challenges that still face the world today while her life of service remains an example to all.

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by Jack
on 10/12/2022
from Ottawa
The Life of Laura Barney
This biography by Mona Khademi comes highly recommended. It was based on 21 years of careful research. The Life of Laura Barney explores all facets of this historical Baha'i figure who is best known to Baha'is for her compilation of Some Answered Questions. What is less well known, but what this book fills in, are her humanitarian services. Laura Barney was twice decorated by the French Legion of Honor, first as a Knight, then as an Officer for her war-relief efforts during WWI  and her outstanding service as a member of the International Women's Committee. But these honors by no means complete the long list of Laura Dreyfus-Barneys accomplishments. Readers will not be disappointed by reading this very complete biography. 
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