Teresa of Avila: An Extraordinary Life

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Darton Longman & Todd, 2004 - Christian women saints - 292 pages
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"Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is one of the most beloved spiritual figures in history. Like Francis of Assisi, she is known around the world as a great mystic, saint, and reformer. This biography captures the compelling combination of down-to-earth humanity and profound, enriching spirituality that was Teresa's hallmark. She held unconventional, progressive views on prayer and worship; had outstanding administrative and literary talents; experienced flamboyant - arguably erotic - raptures; travelled around Spain to found and supervise convents; and spent much of her life under the scrutiny of the Inquisition. Shirley du Boulay has written a balanced portrait of this irreverent, intense, and fiery Renaissance woman and her times, including excerpts from her letters and writings, like The Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Review written in 1998: I'm so glad I came across this book. My little exploration of St Teresa so far left me completely cold, but understanding where she was coming from changes everything. Inspired ... Read full review

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Ugh. I was really excited about this book because I'm very interested in Teresa of Avila, but it was pretty darn dry. A shame, because her life, from what I've heard, was anything but. I was looking ... Read full review


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