God Alone Is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila
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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.

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Title: God Alone Is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila
By: Claudia Mair Burney
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 1557256616
ISBN-13: 9781557256614
Stock No: WW256614

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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 DivaGod Alone is Enough is her first nonfiction book.

Publisher's Weekly

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.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a book about one who has experienced union with God by one who longs for it.  It is an excellent introduction to Teresa's writings and the life of a Christian mystic." —Joan Nienhuis, Blog writer

"The notion of what is now called contemplative prayer is explained simply and without cluttered metaphors or boring, uninviting narrative. In early chapters, Burney shows us how Teresa was captivated by the nature of our souls; believing that they are like gardens, planted by God and ideally, tended to by us. The vessel by which we are to water our tender soils? Prayer. But not exactly the rote, practiced soliloquies we might be familiar with. No, this is something else and as you read further in the book, you’ll find yourself drawn to following St. Teresa and Burney on the journey to revisiting how we pray." —Tracey M. Lewis, heARTtalk (Blog)


 

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