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The Way Of Perfection
by Saint Teresa Of Avila, Trans. By E. Allison Peers
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From Library Journal
The author was a Spanish Carmelite nun in the 16th century. Though designed primarily for others in her order, her guidelines for achieving a deeper sense of spirituality can be followed by anyone, although a good portion of her rules involve a more monastic lifestyle. Though few will go that far, she also provides her personal insights about using prayer to perfect one's relationship with God. The text of this edition has been slightly modernized by former LJ religion columnist Henry Carrigan.
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Cathleen Medwick, author of Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul
" . . . the editor succeeds in presenting Teresa's teachings with clarity and grace. Modern readers will welcome this accessible new edition."
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is one of the world's most beloved mystics. Her autobiography has enchanted millions of readers through her use of everyday language to describe her quest for union with God.
The Way of Perfection presents Teresa's approach to incorporating spirituality into everyday life. Using earthy language, Teresa encourages spiritual seekers to engage in a life of prayer and contemplation. In the first half of her book, Teresa speaks to the nuns in her order about the requirements necessary for a life of prayer: mutual love, detachment from self and the world, and humility. In the second half of her book, Teresa meditates on individual sections of the Lord's Prayer.
Teresa's luminous mystical classic is enlivened by her passion for an active life of prayer and her down-to-earth suggestions about ways to achieve it. For centuries, readers of Teresa's work have been inspired to walk the way of perfection.
t. Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish nun and one of the great mystics and religious women of the Roman Catholic Church. She was the leader of the Carmelite Reform, which restored and emphasized the austerity and contemplative character of this religious order. Canonized in 1622, she was elevated to Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI in 1970, the first woman to be so honored. E. ALLISON PEERS is the translator of many great works of Spanish verse and mysticism.
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