God Alone is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila [NOOK Book]

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No one can teach a Christian to pray, like Teresa can. This lively little book introduces postmodern readers to one of Christianity's most endearing prayer warriors, and guides them through her most radical teachings. Here, Teresa of Avila is not a lofty, inaccessible saint; she's a companion, taking readers on a rollicking journey through their own interior castles. The secrets of Teresa's intimate devotional life are revealed, and readers learn practical ways to abandon complicated contemplative prayer ...
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God Alone is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila

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Overview

No one can teach a Christian to pray, like Teresa can. This lively little book introduces postmodern readers to one of Christianity's most endearing prayer warriors, and guides them through her most radical teachings. Here, Teresa of Avila is not a lofty, inaccessible saint; she's a companion, taking readers on a rollicking journey through their own interior castles. The secrets of Teresa's intimate devotional life are revealed, and readers learn practical ways to abandon complicated contemplative prayer techniques, and simply "enjoy" God. This journey through the life and writings of Teresa of Avila will engage Christians who would have never before considered encountering a post-Reformation Catholic nun. Mair Burney makes Teresa accessible—and essential—for understanding what it means to come to know God, and how it's possible. "I've been waiting for some time for the Ragamuffin Diva to write us a book about her own spiritual quest. And what she has delivered in God Alone Is Enough is beautifully written, winsome, and touching. Hers is a voice to which we all should listen. And the fact that she brings Teresa of Avila right into our own backyards makes it even better." -Tony Jones is the author of many books, including The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community" "Reading God Alone is Enough was an absolute joy…I experienced it as the gift of two older, sassy, rib-tickling sisters - one Teresa of Avila and the other Claudia of Burney – who sat their kid brother (me) up on the washing machine and said ‘look junior, this is what love is all about.' You trust them because you believe they care for you, but moreover because they have that glorious foolishness in their eyes." - John Blase, author of Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas "This is the kind of book that a serious Christian has to thank God for. It only illuminates and opens St. Teresa of Avila in a profound and intimate way. I cannot recommend this book too highly or, I suspect, even adequately. Read it and you will see what I mean." -Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours "A refreshing and engaging exploration with Teresa of Avila. Also, a true journey of soul into the heart of prayer." - Vinita Hampton Wright, author of Dwelling Places "Claudia Mair Burney writes with courage and compassion, capturing the best of Teresa and offering it to her readers with clarity and humor. God Alone is Enough is an invitation and a celebration. Expect to swoon, prepare to feast." - Jenny Schroedel, author of Naming the Child
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612612713
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 766 KB

Meet the Author

Claudia Mair Burney is a freelance writer living in Lexington, Kentucky with her tattoo artist husband Ken, four of their seven children, and a dwarf rabbit. She has published seven novels, including the Amanda Bell Brown mysteries, and Zora and Nicky, a Christy Award finalist, and is the author of the popular blog, Ragamuffin Diva. God Alone is Enough is her first nonfiction book.
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  • Posted June 19, 2010

    The rare book that will truly change your prayer life

    As a life-long Protestant, I don't exactly comprehend the concept of Catholic saints. I understand how they are used, but I was taught that all believers are saints. Even so, I've often been interested in the amazing life stories of these colorful historical figures, but have never read about them because I didn't know where to start and how to separate mythology from religion. If any other author had written a quasi-biography/spiritual study of St. Teresa of Avila, I wouldn't have given it a second look, but when it was Claudia Mair Burney writing it, I knew that this was a book I had to read. Mair, as her friends call her, is a true prayer warrior and has written some of the most powerful books I've ever read; books that made me look at Catholicism is a completely new way. Zora & Nicky and Wounded both left me aching for days. Not only is her writing superb, but the faith in her books breaks my heart. I want to know Jesus and love him like Mair does. God Alone is Enough: A Spirited Journey with St. Teresa of Avila seemed like an opportunity to see inside her faith.


    Shortly before receiving the book, the Lord opened my heart and eyes to a new depth of prayer with him, so my heart was already primed to learn about contemplative prayer and the inner rooms of my heart. I expected to learn about an interesting saint and to understand a bit more about Mair's faith. I didn't expect to have my entire prayer life renewed.


    Teresa seems like a lively and intelligent woman who was constantly analyzing her prayer life in order to encourage others to the heights she had seen with God. She uses simple metaphors like gardens and water fountains to bring enlightenment to readers. All of this is told through Mair's wry and always loving writing. The fifth chapter taught me so much! I often feel guilty if I'm too exhausted or in pain at the end of the day to engage in deep prayer with the Lord, but Mair reminded me that God is completely aware of my troubles, and if I'm just too wiped out on occasion, he understands and won't punish me for it. It was also in the fifth chapter that I experienced once of the deepest most moving prayer times I've ever had in my entire life. Mair lists Teresa's steps to prayer including privacy, begging, and keeping Jesus always in mind. The one step that jumped my prayer life to the next level however, was imagining Jesus right with me as I pray. I know that Jesus is always with me, and when I pray, I am most certainly praying to him, but I have never before imagined him as sitting at the end of my bed, holding my hands, and listening to my prayer with a smile across his beautiful face. Mair then instructed me to say the Lord's Prayer out loud while following those instructions. I could barely squeak the words out, and the tears ran like rain down my face. I've said the Lord's Prayer hundreds, if not thousands, of times in my life, but never before have I truly experienced the Presence of God with me while saying those old words.


    There is so much wisdom and beauty in this book, even though I am done reading it, I will never be truly finished reading it. It's going on the short list of books that I reread on a yearly basis. This is a book that will truly shake up your prayer life and give a new appreciation for St. Teresa who lived over 500 years ago.

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