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Clarke does a fine job in the translation and gives us a more ...
September 10, 2015
This is a very helpful edition of Therese's story of her life. The notes are very helpful and fill in the details of the 3 installment process that she offered to her sister when asked to record the story of her life. Many of the editions on line are the originally published and highly edited version that her sister released early in the 20th century. Clarke does a fine job in the translation and gives us a more authentic rendering of the fullness of her story, I find it far more compelling than the earlier rendition. A must read for fans of Carmelite spirituality, those who want to familiarize themselves with the doctors of the church, or "the Little Way." As spiritual reading goes Therese is easier than Teresa of Avila. Some may find her attitudes and the graces that she experienced so early on to feel saccharine, I know I did on my first reading of the work 10 years ago. I needed to learn humility of my own and to listen to her story with an open heart rather than a somewhat cynical one. On our journeys all spiritual reading is not equally fruitful at all points along the way, never the less, story of a soul is written in an engaging style and is accessible to a wide range of interests and intellects which isn't always the case when choosing spiritual classics.