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Teresa of Avila

The Book of My Life
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Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582) is one of the most beloved of the Catholic saints. In 1562, during the era of the Spanish Inquisition, Teresa sat down to write an account of the mystical experiences for which she had become famous. The result was this book, one of the great classics of spiritual autobiography. 

With this fresh translation of The Book of My Life, Mirabai Starr brings the inimitable Spanish mystic to life for a new generation, with contemporary English that mirrors Teresa's own earthy, vernacular Spanish, and that presents us with - four centuries after Teresa's death - someone we feel we know: a woman intoxicated with God yet filled with an overflowing love for the world.

©2007 Mirabai Starr (P)2018 Random House Audio

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  • 22-04-19

Absolutely horrific butchering of a Catholic Saint’s life

This book contains commentary by non-Catholic feminists who describe Saint Teresa as ‘ravishing’ and imply that she uses feminine allure to influence male clergy into changing Catholic tradition!

It is insulting to Catholics and to Saint Teresa.

Horrible. Do not buy.

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  • Mother Bear
  • 02-09-18

In her own words....

A must listen and a must read. The narrator does a wonderful job. She reads as if St. Teresa of Avila is sitting and conversing with you.

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  • C. Harms
  • 27-02-19

A true inspiration

I am not catholic and this is one of my favorite books to listen to. I’m going back and listen again. It’s so full of lessons to ponder it can be read/listed to many times. Get it. You won’t be sorry.

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  • Peter
  • 21-01-19

An excellent book read by an excellent narrator!

About this book:
I found this book a great blessing in my spiritual path that the Lord is leading me. This reassures the little experiences that I had and more that i would expect on the way. It throws great light on how holy and dedicated people were and are for God. It show how gracious and merciful He is to Love and lead us if we give him the opportunity.

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I would quickly touch upon the performance of the narrator. She had done an excellent job in narrating as if we hear from the author itself with all the expressions. It was very pleasant to hear through the whole book without any pain. I would love to find another autobiography (maybe other books as well) read by the author and listen to it.

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  • Michael
  • 19-06-19

Great performance

So this book is a very Catholic book who will almost exclusively be read by a Catholic audience though the translater who isn’t Catholic translates the word sin on several occasions as “missing the mark” or“transgression”. Also translates Devil many times as Spirit of evil.. why she does this? I do not know if it’s for personal reasons or if she’s trying to tone down the book for a more secularized audience. At least she’s Honest and states she is doing so and I would retranslate it in my head when listening.

That being said the narrator is amazing and really brings Teresa to life and I felt as if St Teresa were speaking to me herself in a conversation. For that reason alone is why I picked this version among the few offered here on Audible. Great book I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Liza
  • 30-11-19

Not the words of St. Teresa of Avila

The translator took enormous liberties and removed all Catholicity from St. Teresa of Avila, whom is one of the doctors of the Church. Mirabai Starr watered down St. Teresa’s personal story, and removed words like “sin,” to not offend readers who are not Catholic. Don’t believe me? Ms. Starr says so in the foreword. St. Teresa of Avila was a bold woman, and true and faithful believer of Christ. She was not one to mince words when it came to the repentance of sins, and following Christ Jesus. Thus, I believe it’s an injustice to modify the testimony of her faith to accommodate the delicate sensibilities of present day readers, in order to make her “more appealing.”

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-19

A blessed soul no doubt

There are a variety of experiences depicted here that are of great value for some on the spiritual path, although each one path is his own.

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  • Kathryn
  • 15-07-19

Truth Be Told

Lovely Writing By a Beautiful Saint! Amazing Words For That Time Period as a woman.

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  • Cory Kiesling
  • 20-03-19

Very interesting - good book

For a truth-seeking non-Christian, this gave me a lot of food for thought that I haven't necessarily found elsewhere. For a Christian, this would probably be a good read to help you focus on better serving the Trinity. I give it a B-, or maybe a B; from my particular standpoint.

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  • Matt
  • 27-07-19

COMPLETE GARBAGE!!!

If you are looking for a truthful account of this amazing saint, this is not it! The women who wrote this is a neo feminist, modernist, new age pagan, leftist! She will only only try to convince you that Teresa of Avila is the same as her except the fact that she was living under the authority of a tyrannical Catholic religious regime that treated Teresa terribly and had complete control of her. Beware of this book if like me you wanted something to further your understanding of the great saints and how they lived their lives for God. l really want my money back!!!

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