Teresa of Ávila

Teresa of Ávila

The Book of My Life

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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She was the last person anyone would have expected to become a nun, yet she became one of the most famous nuns of all time. She was a brilliant administrator in a world where such vocations were all but closed to women. And above all she combined an astonishing proclivity for ecstatic union with God with down-to-earth practicality and good humor. Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582) is one of the most beloved of the Catholic saints. Her texts of spiritual instruction, such as The Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection, speak so plainly and eloquently about the interior life that they have become undisputed classics, studied by people of many faiths. In 1562, at the request of the Spanish Inquisition, Teresa sat down to write an account of the mystical experiences for which she had become famous. The result was this book, one of the great classics of spiritual autobiography.

With this fresh translation of The Book of My Life, Mirabai Starr brings the inimitable Spanish mystic to life for a new generation—with contemporary English that mirrors Teresa’s own earthy, vernacular Spanish, and that presents us with—four centuries after Teresa’s death—someone we feel we know: a woman intoxicated with God yet filled with an overflowing love for the world.

Baker & Taylor
Provides an account of the childhood of the Catholic saint, a teaching on prayer, and tells the details of her many visions.

Publisher: Boston : New Seeds Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590303658
Branch Call Number: Biography T272t
Characteristics: xxxii, 346 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Starr, Mirabai


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Mar 06, 2013

I enjoyed this book. It is worth so much more than all the masses I slept through growing up Catholic.

This saint was a mystic with direct divine experience which has helped my own spiritual practice.

One of her best bits of advice: choose your teacher wisely, then keep striving!

patienceandfortitude Feb 26, 2013

This book is St. Theresa of Avila's story of her relationship with Christ and her mystical experiences in prayers. She also talks about her doubts and the obstacles that were put before her. If you ever felt the desire to become a mystic, this might knock that right out of you. But it also contains spiritual wisdom that could help on the journey closer to God.


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