Teresa of Avila: An Extraordinary Life

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BlueBridge, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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This refreshing biography captures the compelling combination of down-to-earth humanity and profound, enriching spirituality that is Teresa of Avila's hallmark. This intelligent, balanced portrait of an irreverent, intense, and fiery Renaissance woman and her times includes moving excerpts from her letters and sublime spiritual writings. Her unconventional, progressive views on prayer and worship, her outstanding administrative and literary talents, her travels around Spain to found and supervise convents, and how she spent much of her life under the scrutiny of the Inquisition are all detailed. For readers of any faith or none, this book brings to life an extraordinarily ordinary, lovable, and inspiring individual.

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User Review  - Lia Aprile - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Peggy Wickham - Goodreads

I have trouble reading for very long lately, but this book I could not put down. I found Teresa (my Confirmation name!) a wonderful person to emulate. She had an amazing life, and the parts about St. John of the Cross made me want to read about him too! Read full review

About the author (2004)

Shirley du Boulay is the author of Beyond Darkness and The Road to Canterbury. She worked as a radio and TV producer covering religious and spiritual topics for the BBC.

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