Saint Teresa of Avila
Author: Marcelle Auclair
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Marcelle Auclair, the author, a delightful, sparkling woman of many achievements, strikes one as being nearly as versatile and enterprising as her favorite saint. Though born in France, she grew up in Chile, where Spanish ways of life and thought became second-nature to her. On her return to France, at the age of twenty, she married the novelist Jean Prevost, brought up three children, traveled extensively, published several novels herself, and founded and edited Marie-Claire, an outstandingly successful woman's journal. All through her life Marcelle Auclair assiduously studied the writings of Teresa of Avila. She admired in her an essentially modernwoman: inventive, practical, gallant and intrepid, with tremendous organizational capacities, whose genius permitted her to break through the restrictions of her time. Madame Auclair decided to retranslate the saint's writings and to write her life. With characteristic determination, she attempted to obtain the seemingly impossible (it had never been done before) - an authorization from the Holy See to enter the Carmelite cloisters in Spain and to gather authentic background material for her projected work. The permission was granted. On her return to Paris she gave up all her professional obligations and for two years virtually went into retreat, devoting her entire time to the accomplishment of what is no doubt the most vivid existing biography of this great saint.
Libro de la vida
Author: Santa Teresa de Jesús
Publisher: Editorial Verbum
Este libro de carácter autobiográfico recoge la vida de santa Teresa de Jesús. Además de reflejar muy bien una época y sus costumbres, resulta la confesión donde la autora dialoga con Dios y con su propia alma, con la sinceridad, sencillez y entrega que caracterizan su obra vital y literaria. Con el precedente de las Confesiones de San Agustín y el parecido coetáneo en la Autobiografía de San Ignacio de Loyola, esta autobiografía de la Santa pretende explicar a los demás y a sí misma la “merced” que ha recibido con su vocación religiosa. Por tanto, la naturaleza del texto resulta dual, ya que se mueve entre el relato de su vida y el afán aleccionador. Su tesis es que su vida tiene sentido por la presencia de Dios en ella. En vida de la Santa, este libro fue secuestrado por la Inquisición (1575), que lo retuvo hasta que, muerta la autora, se analizó la conveniencia de editarlo. Recuperado entonces el manuscrito original, sería fray Luis de León quien publicara por primera vez la obra, en Salamanca, y en 1588.
The Shadow of the Father
Author: Jan Dobraczynski
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
"The Shadow of the Father" - one of the most important books of Jan Dobraczynski, is based on the record of the Gospel, the evangelical text. It shows Joseph, the guardian of the Holy Family as a human being subjected to obedience to God and his intentions, a man who must understand and accept his part of being a shadow of the true Father of Jesus who will be born by his Miriam-chosen to him by God. Joseph, a native of Bethlehem, heir to the heritage of kings David and Solomon and the noble tribe of Judah, is up to Nazareth in search of the woman for whom he will sacrifice his life. Over there he meets a charming, friendly, yet mysterious girl named Miriam. However, starting to understand that between Miriam and him stands an impetuous force of abysmal proportions, as God's fist, will make their relationship continue unexpected ways: the One Who will be born and Who will become the liberator of the people scattered and oppressed in Israel.The book gives testimony to the values that never lose their importance: family, responsibility, patience, and true love."
The Maiden of Nazareth
Author: Javier Suarez-Guanes
Publisher: Scepter Publishers
“When you love someone, you want to know all about his life and character, so as to become like him.” – St. Josemaria St. Josemaria spoke these words about the Lord Jesus, but they also apply to his Blessed Mother, Mary. The more we love Mary, the more we will want to know everything about her so as to become like her. The Maiden of Nazareth is a delightfully imaginative story that will help you get to know the Blessed Virgin Mary -- not as a statue in a church -- but as a living, breathing, human being. It follows her life from her immaculate conception and birth, up through her assumption into heaven, and it introduces you to the various characters that accompanied her along the way: Her parents Joachim and Anne, various cousins and relatives, her husband Joseph, Jesus, his apostles and various disciples and friends. You will feel like you know all of them much better after having read this book! This story is the fruit of many years of contemplating the life of the Blessed Virgin. Its primary source is the author’s imagination – an imagination fired by the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Lay Siege to Heaven
Author: Louis De Wohl
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Continuing his popular series of novels about saints of the Church, de Wohl devotes his considerable talents to an interpretation of one of the most unusual women of all time, St. Catherine of Siena. The daughter of a prosperous dyer in 14th-century Siena, Catherine devoted her life to Christ, persuaded the Pope to move from Avignon to Rome, subdued the warring City-States of Italy, and changed the face of her world.