Sister Teresa: The Woman who Became Saint Teresa of Avila

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Overlook Press, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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"Spoiled with beauty, riches, and adoration, a young girl from Avila is sent to a convent by her father to avoid the scandal caused by her budding relationship with a local bachelor, but discovers instead an unparalleled spiritual fervor - one so powerful as to be condemned as sinful by some. She is Teresa de Ahumada, the woman who will become Saint Teresa - known as a visionary, reformer, and founder of convents, she was the author of numerous texts that introduced her revolutionary religious ideas and practices to a society suffering through the madness of the Spanish Inquisition. In Barbara Mujica's tale, her story - her days of youthful romance, sensual fits of spiritual rapture, family's secret heritage as Jewish converts to Catholicism, cloak-and-dagger political dealings, struggles against sexual blackmail, and mysterious illness - unfolds with a tumultuous urgency. Blending fact with fiction, Mujica's tale conjures a picture of sisterhood, faith, the terror of religious persecution, the miracle of salvation, and one woman's challenge to the power of strict orthodoxy, a challenge that consisted of a crime of passion - her own personal relationship with God."--BOOK JACKET.

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Ugh the premise was great just lacked any depth at all. Read full review

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Not the Teresa of Calcutta....the one before that. The author uses a fictional character to tell the story of an amazing woman from history. This woman was full of God and passion and she was also fully human and full of faults. Read full review


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Barbara Mujica is professor of Spanish at Georgetown University.

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