The Art Of Empowering Others: The Life And Times Of Gayle Abas Woolson Knight Of Bahá’u’lláh
by Juliet Gentzkow
‘Future generations will extol your labours, follow in your footsteps, and derive inspiration from your pioneer activities.’ Shoghi Effendi to Gayle Woolson in Costa Rica, 1942
‘She swept through like a conquering queen but worked like an unpaid serf.’ Elena Marsella, 1949
Gayle Woolson had already been pioneering in Latin America for fourteen years when in early 1954 she opened the Galápagos Islands to the Bahá’í Faith, thus earning the title ‘Knight of Bahá’u’lláh’. Although her time there was brief, the story of her rich and varied life, dedicated to building up Bahá’í communities throughout Latin America, serving and empowering others, makes fascinating and inspiring reading. Her work with children’s education, particularly through the Children’s Public Speaking Project where she taught children to memorize passages from the Bahá’í Writings, to present them in public, and to express what they learned in service, was a precursor of the process of learning and practice now finding systematized expression in the worldwide Bahá’í community.
About the author
Juliet Gentzkow learned of the Bahá’í Faith when a college student, and its teachings became the guiding light and primary motivating factor in her life. Following undergraduate studies in comparative religion and history of art, she completed master’s degrees in both education and social work. For thirteen years, she ran a primary school inspired by Bahá’í teachings. Since then, she has worked with students of all ages. After several years of service in Guyana and then in Haiti, she returned to the United States and concentrated on clinical social work. This included coordination of a grassroots project of family empowerment; counselling with individuals and families in hospice and bereavement; and finally a private practice concentrating on fostering resilience during chronic illness and other major life transitions. Turning now to biographical writing, she continues the search to understand how purpose and vision shape motivation in ways that enable individuals to create destinies that far transcend the boundaries of their early lives.
400 pages plus plate sections
203 x 127 mm ( 8 x 5 ins)
Available early 2021