God Alone Is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila
Claudia Mair Burney (Author)
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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.
Paraclete Press (MA)
June 01, 2010
5.58 X 7.94 X 0.6 inches | 0.53 pounds
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About the Author
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 Diva. God Alone is Enough is her first nonfiction book.
"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)