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God Alone Is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila
Paraclete Press / 2010 / Hardcover
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Pull up a chair as Claudia Mair Burney introduces you to Saint Teresa of Avila. The spiritual insights of this remarkable and often misunderstood woman will bring satisfaction to your frequently parched interior life. Journey into a life of prayer with this saint as your guide. Paperback.
No one can teach a Christian to pray, like Teresa can.
This lively little book introduces postmodern readers to one of Christianitys most endearing prayer warriors, and guides them through her most radical teachings. Here, Teresa of Avila is not a lofty, inaccessible saint; shes a companion, taking readers on a rollicking journey through their own interior castles. The secrets of Teresas 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 accessibleand essentialfor understanding what it means to come to know God, and how its possible.
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
Immersed in her own dark night of the soul brought on by seasonal affective disorder and fibromyalgia, Christian novelist Burney (The Exorsistah and the Amanda Bell Brown mystery series) discovered the 16th-century mystic John of the Cross and, through him, his spiritual contemporary Teresa of Avila. In her first nonfiction book, Burney tells how Teresa taught her to pray in a way totally unlike the method she had learned from the church mothers in the Church of God in Christ congregation in which she grew up. She invites readers on a pilgrimage to meet my friend Teresa and offers a fresh take on the Spanish nun and saint. Employing humor and a chatty style, Burney gives readers a short, light course in contemplative prayer, one that is sensitive to the possible reactions of those who, like her, come from a Protestant background. Although readers with a serious interest in Teresa will need more than Burney provides here, her book is a fine introduction to the weighty realm of contemplative prayer. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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