Book Title: Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul
Author: Cathleen Medwick
Published By: Alfred A. Knopf
Date Published: November 16, 1999
Genre: Biography, Religious
Recommended Age: Adults
Read and Reviewed By: Me
I borrowed this book from the Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center’s library
Teresa de Ahumanda escaping the confines of marriage, one of the two choices a woman has in the 16th century, becomes a nun. Taking the name Teresa de Jesus sets out to reform the Carmelites and opening many Discalced (barefoot) Carmelite convents and Friaries.
I enjoyed this book very much. It told the story of a strong, independent woman. The story flowed easy. It was not hard to read, as some biographies are. I had the book read in two weeks time compared to the two months it takes me to struggle through a biography. I came to like and admire St. Teresa of Avila; she is a very determined woman. She knows want she wants and goes after it, even in time women just are not supposed to be strong and independent. For all these reasons, I gave this book four stars and a grade of B. If you like reading biographies or you are just interested in reading about some of the saints (like I am) I recommend Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul by Alfred A. Knopf.
Adult Content: None