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Teresa of Avila: The Book of Her Life

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ISBN-13: 978-0872209077
ISBN-10: 0872209075
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The Hackett edition of Teresa of Avila's spiritual autobiography will prove especially valuable to students of Early Modern Spain, the history of Christian spirituality, and classic women writers. --Theological Book Review



Intent on rendering Teresa into clear modern English, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez have produced a singularly direct yet thoroughly readable version of the great mystic. The translators also provide an Index that is particularly useful for pinpointing Teresa's colorful figures of speech. --Theological Studies



[The] translation renders Teresa's story smoothly and has extensive translators' notes . . . for modern readers, especially those not familiar with the famous mystic. Biblical and thematic indexes also enhance the use of this work for studies of Teresa. The current edition contributes several pages of introduction to Teresa and a breakdown of the book which groups the chapters and summarizes each section. There is also a map, a chronology, and bibliography. In short, this book is ideal for a student of history or theology because it not only gives access to a significant primary source, but has plenty of additional resources. Perhaps an even greater attraction for the student is the price. In more ways than one, this book puts the story of this extraordinary figure within reach. --Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History

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"Intent on rendering Teresa into clear modern English, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez have produced a singularly direct yet thoroughly readable version of the great mystic. The translators also provide an Index that is particularly useful for pinpointing Teresa's colorful figures of speech."
--Theological Studies

The Hackett edition of Teresa of Avila's spiritual autobiography features Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez's authoritative translation of The Book of Her Life with a new Introduction by Jodi Bilinkoff that will prove especially valuable to students of Early Modern Spain, the history of Christian spirituality, and classic women writers. A map, chronology, and index are also included.

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D. are translators of The Collected Works of Saint Teresa of Avila and The Collected Works of Saint John of the Cross, both published by the Institute of Carmelite Studies.

Jodi Bilinkoff is Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and author of Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750 (2005) and The Avila of Saint Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth Century City (1989), both published by Cornell University Press.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872209075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872209077
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Book Glutton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 2, 2010
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This is basically the The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1, minus two of her shorter works, the Spiritual Testimonies and the Soliloquies, produced by the same translators.

What remains, therefore, is the story of the saint's life. We also can call this a great introduction to the saint's thought on prayer, which is found throughout her works. It's why she is called the "Doctor of Prayer." At the same time, it's hard to call this simply an introduction, when we find eleven chapters and over 60 pages describing one of Saint Teresa's primary doctrines on prayer, what is well-known as "Four Degrees of Prayer."

From her own experience, Saint Teresa uses water to describe how we can form a relationship with the Lord through prayer, which she insists is the only way! With her sixteenth century mind, she speaks of four different ways a garden may be watered. 1) We can draw water--go to the well and lower the bucket. 2) We can build a mechanical device that will pump the water--she uses the idea of a waterwheel with buckets. 3) We can develop a method of providing automatic irrigation--fed by a stream or brook. 4) Lastly, it can rain, like the prophet says above! Likening our souls to a garden, and using the above examples, she shows by comparison that there are differing but advanced and superior methods of praying.

Unless we are in the most advanced stages of prayer, which is rare, Saint Teresa describes certain commitments that fall on us before we can claim the water we need for "our garden." For instance, beginners (and sometimes people at all levels) must be willing to go to the well and draw the water.
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Words can not give this book justice. I highly reccomend for anyone working towards a closer union with God.
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To is just what I was looking for thanks Amazon
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