Discussion Questions, Glossary, and a fully
St. Teresa of Avila is an unsurpassed teacher
of Christian prayer and spirituality, and in
The Way of Perfection she is at her best. Now,
with the help of this study edition, everyone
can enjoy the benefits of her wisdom.
In The Way of Perfection, St. Teresa gives
practical counsels and advice on prayer,
destined originally for the few nuns who
embraced the reformed Carmelite life she
established. As a handbook for spiritual
formation, it presented them with the basic
Christian spirituality undergirding their
Constitutions and Rule.
Over the centuries, the book's appeal has
reached far beyond the walls of Carmelite
monasteries, and The Way of Perfection has
become a spiritual classic. More and more
today, Teresa's instructions speak to all
those interested in prayer, providing them
with basic guidelines for praying and
showing how to avoid potential pitfalls.
But as the readership and interest grow,
so does the need for some help in working
with this sixteenth-century text.
The principles and teachings in Teresa's
book, first presented within the limited
horizons of her own situation, clearly lend
themselves to broader applications, and can
work well in all walks of life. This study
edition-with its introduction, commentary,
notes, discussion questions, glossary, and
a fully linked Index-provides what is needed
to assist contemporary readers in making
these applications and delving more deeply
into the text's spiritual riches.