Interior Castle: The Classic Text With a Spiritual Commen... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$13.25
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $4.70 (26%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Tuesday, April 22? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Interior Castle: The Classic Text With a Spiritual Commentary (Classics With Commentary) Paperback


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.25
$10.99 $8.45

Frequently Bought Together

Interior Castle: The Classic Text With a Spiritual Commentary (Classics With Commentary) + Julian of Norwich: Showings (Classics of Western Spirituality) + Francis and Clare: The Complete Works (The Classics of Western Spirituality)
Price for all three: $39.97

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; 1ST edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870612417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870612411
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
12
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews
Although there seems to be a LOT of it!
Maegan
There is a lot to ponder in this book and I read it twice just to feel like I had absorbed it well.
A.K. Frailey
This is a book I have been looking for to help me with my spiritual journey.
MariaElena Bobadilla

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have, more than once, picked up Interior Castle, but each time my innate preference for logical progression and precise explanations got in the way. With Dennis Billy as a guide, I am now able to appreciate Teresa's spiritual counsel even though I still find some of the metaphors confusing.

Though the commentary is short when compared to Teresa's texts, it is invaluable. In the introduction Billy gives an overview of Teresa's background, call to write, and spiritual doctrine presented through a description of seven mansions within a spiritual castle. He also offers 10 pointers for interpreting Interior Castle, including details of its development, Teresa's view of religious life "in the hierarchical order of sanctity," her combative posture toward the world, and her primary image of God as beloved spouse.

He previews her nine sections--one for the introduction, each of the seven mansions, and the epilogue--and before each chapter within the sections he offers a short summary that prepares us for Teresa's words. Finally, Billy has added four reflection questions at the end of each chapter to help us further examine Teresa's teachings and our own spiritual lives.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Anne Gomes on October 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Fr Billy's introduction, chapter notes and questions are a fantastic, useful guide to this spiritual classic. I've read and reread St Teresa for years in English and Spanish and this book has the best commentary I have ever seen. His notes make this classic accessible for people called to the prayer journey but who lack background in 16th century Spanish society and mysticism. I've already recommended it to 2 friends who are also pleased with the book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Ashton on April 24, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Teresa of Avila was a real person, not just a beautiful sculpture! My realization of this was made sure by this fine commentary on her Interior Castle work by Dennis Billy. Her conversion to Christ and her subsequent desire to know Him, her obedience to her superiors in writing her thoughts, and her delightful humanity in the journey, are a worthwhile study for any Christian, Protestant or Catholic. (The E. Allison Peer's English translation from the Spanish is considered the standard version, and is accurate, unlike the New Age-spin translation of Mirabelle Starr.)

For any believer, this is a terrific guide to the details of spiritual growth, not in the sense of becoming adept at hearing special messages from God, but in the sense of gaining true humility, gaining the joy of sacrifice, and gaining a transcendent love for Jesus. How wonderful that this was written in the 1500s; like the Bible, it speaks to us in our own century. That Teresa was a very busy woman gives a special touch of realism to her words; her reforms in the Carmelite order took her on journeys far less comfortable than the business traveler of today, and with worries as complex and political as has any modern businessman. It is a great privilege to have these writings; they are (gasp!) much more worthwhile than a great many modern diversions: television, movies, and most sermons.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Fox on February 14, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to enhance their knowledge and prayer life -- very well written!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mojo on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this is my 4th time reading Interior Castles. This is the best translation. The commentary is quite valuable in summarizing and the introduction is especially helpful to first time readers who may not be familiar with the setting in which the book was written.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl on April 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was young, I used to play the game Dungeons and Dragons. I had a hard time finding my way around in the game. Interior Castle is similar type of journey but with real treasure of eternal value for ones soul. However, I had the same problem as with the game. Having read this classic before, I got great benefit from it but missed much of the treasure. With guiding light of Father Dennis Billy's commentary, I made my way through each room of metaphor, not missing any of what the Holy Spirit had as far as revelation to be gained. My love for this great work increased exponentially as a result. It is one of the best commentaries. Much like the biblical Cyrus in the book of Isaiah, Dennis Billy seems to have an anointing to turn up "riches stored in secret places."
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa4bc824c)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?