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The Life Of Saint Teresa Of Avila
     

The Life Of Saint Teresa Of Avila

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by St. Teresa
 
Of one of her books, namely, the one in which she recorded her life and the manner of prayer whereby God had led her, I can say that she composed it to the end that her confessors might know her the better and instruct her, and also that it might encourage and animate those who learn from it the great mercy God had shown her, a great sinner as she humbly acknowledged

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Of one of her books, namely, the one in which she recorded her life and the manner of prayer whereby God had led her, I can say that she composed it to the end that her confessors might know her the better and instruct her, and also that it might encourage and animate those who learn from it the great mercy God had shown her, a great sinner as she humbly acknowledged herself to be.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011887680
Publisher:
Teresa Books
Publication date:
10/24/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
426 KB

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St. Teresa of Avila
(Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, 1515-1582)
Description: Readers interested in basic Christian mysticism need look no further than Saint Teresa of Avila. The Spanish Carmelite nun's autobiography provides a perfect entrance point to the world of "mental prayer." She begins her story with tales of her childhood in the early 1500s--her pious parents, the death of her mother, and how she became a nun. She tells of the hardships of her life--illness and a period of "lukewarmness" during which she ceased to pray. St. Teresa also relates the visions and instructions she received from God later in her life. The book also contains St. Teresa's writings on the four states of mental prayer. In the first stage, believers learn to pray. In the second, the prayer of quiet, they experience the supernatural aspect of prayer. In the third, deep prayer, the soul is bathed in the pleasure of God's presence; and in the fourth, sense are abandoned in a sort of out-of-body experiences where the soul feels only divine union. This book also contains a series of "relations," letters she sent to colleagues giving further thoughts on her beliefs. St. Teresa's warm and personal descriptions of union with God provide a wonderful starting point for engagement in her life and theology of mysticism.

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The Life Of Saint Teresa Of Avila 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
floridabeachrunner More than 1 year ago
The content is interesting, but the style of writing is a little difficult to read. St. Teresa writes as though she is talking to someone, and her sentences are very long, and at times, difficult to follow. She writes volumes, but says little. Repeats herself frequently, and in most instances never gets to her point.
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