The Divine Adventure: St. Teresa of Avila's Journeys and Foundations
St. Teresa of Avila—great saint, reformer and mystic—was also one of the most traveled women of her day. She covered thousands of miles, crisscrossing Spain on the “divine adventure” of starting a new way of Carmelite living in her discalced monasteries.
With lively details, Teresa recounts her travels and the events and people connected with them in her classic book, The Foundations. The Divine Adventure, produced to celebrate St. Teresa’s 500th birthday in 2015, is a fascinating armchair pilgrimage to each of these foundations and more, in full color.
“This book is a masterpiece. It will be a marvelous addition to the 5th centenary literature on St. Teresa.”
—Father Eugene McCaffrey, OCD
Avila Carmelite Centre
“This meticulously edited and exquisitely illustrated edition of The Divine Adventure gives new life and meaning to the Carmelite reform initiated in sixteenth-century Spain by St. Teresa of Avila.
An amazing publishing event, this book, once opened, compels us to read on and relish every word.
Besides offering us an accurate dateline complemented by the historical context of her travels, The Divine Adventure presents the armchair traveler with maps and mileage charts, the story behind each foundation, pictures of relics, artifacts, and present-day towns and convents—all of which serves to put us where St. Teresa was.
The Divine Adventure is from start to finish a storehouse of invaluable information and a lasting legacy of inspiration. Reading this book may prove—as does any memorable journey—to be life-changing. Five hundred years after St. Teresa’s birth in 1515, we have evidence in this splendid text that no enemy, however formidable, can destroy what God destined to last.”
—Dr. Susan Muto, Dean,
Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality