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Teresa of Ávila by Shirley du Boulay
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Feb 29, 2008

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I picked up this new biography on St. Teresa of Avila, the 16th-century Spanish mystic and founder of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, primarily to learn more about her ecstatic experiences. I now realize I should go directly to her autobiographical accounts of those experiences! Though Shirley du Boulay writes clearly and compassionately, she focuses too intently for my taste on Teresa's business savvy and dealings with a number of hard-headed monks who didn't want to see Teresa's plans materialize. I would recommend this for church-history buffs, only.
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