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Saint Teresa of Avila by Walsh

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Saint Teresa of Avila

by William Thomas Walsh
592 pp. paperback

A definitive life of one of the greatest saints of the church and one of the most appealing women of all time by a master writer. Immensely sane, witty, intelligent, charming and courageous, she is the reformer of the Order of Mount Carmel and founder of many convents and monasteries, and she is universally considered the greatest mystical writer of the Church, for which she was declared “Doctor of the Church.” A life filled with delight, surprises and love of God!

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  1. Three and a Half Stars Exactly

    Posted by Salvatore on 22nd May 2017

    Hi Friends; If you are reading this review it is wonderful that you are considering buying a book from the Sisters. I think that it is really important to support Catholic websites like this one, rather than to employ the Amazon.

    This biography of Saint Teresa of Avila by W. T. Walsh was first published in 1943. Authoring this book during wartime meant a scholarly jaunt to Spain and Italy was not very likely. I would therefore wager some scholarship here is antiquated.
    I read this book cover to cover, writing notations inside and took a dozen pages of notes. I liked the book (3 stars), and will keep it as reference for further studies (1/2 star).
    This large book of 592 pages, is chockablock with many interesting details and moments. I liked the story of St. Teresa and the rough Castilian muleteers (p.309). She had an amazing ability to relate to all people, and they were won over. As St. Teresa used to say, “God deliver me from gloomy saints!”
    I learned a lot about 16th century Spanish history too. Who remembers the Battle of Inaquito in 1546, fought in Ecuador to suppress rogue conquistadors? Very terrible, and Teresa lost her brother there. Or, that Spain as a new global super-power went bankrupt? Good to remember.
    The author does include selections written by the saint herself. They really hit the bulls-eye. One could avoid the middle-man and just read her books.