'A cause for celebration. Captures Teresa's conversational enthusiasm most effectively' - "Library Journal" (starred review). This autobiography of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) combines ecstatic experiences with a dose of common sense. One of the great classics of spiritual memoir, this is the first new English translation in forty years, and the first by a woman. 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.
"A cause for celebration. Captures Teresa's conversational enthusiasm most effectively."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Crisp, contemporary language puts Teresa's famous passion for God in stark relief."--Publishers Weekly
"Mirabai Starr's translation is a work for our time. She has given Teresa a presence and a voice in a modern era. Saint Teresa no doubt chose Mirabai, for her talent with language and Spanish translation is pure genius."--Caroline Myss, author of Entering the Castle and Anatomy of the Spirit
"Mirabai Starr's translation makes totally accessible this most famous (and attractive) saint. The writing has such a delightful sparkle you can't help falling in love with Teresa."--John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War
"Saint Teresa of vila has long deserved a far wider readership than existing translations have secured for her. She wrote, as she undoubtedly spoke, in an unapologetically vernacular Spanish--idiomatic, vivid, and informal--and Mirabai Starr's rendering is all of that. The clarity and vitality of this new autobiography will bring a whole new generation of seekers into the blessed presence of 'La Madre.'"--Carol Lee Flinders, author of Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics and Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action
"Saints' lives are not always page-turners. But Mirabai Starr s wonderfully fresh translation of the Vida of Teresa of vila captures the passionate spirituality, the talent for intimacy, the frankly fallible humanity that attracted her contemporaries to the woman Starr describes, in her introduction, as 'not an obvious saint.' Tessa Bielecki s deeply-felt foreword is one inducement among many to take this welcome new translation to heart."--Cathleen Medwick, author of Teresa of vila The Progress of a Soul