Way of Perfection
by St. Teresa of Avila
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Although she designed her book for her fellow sisters of the Carmelite Order, St.
Teresa's Way of Perfection remains accessible to modern readers. In it, she sets out to
lead others along the way to union with God through prayer, silence, and meditation. A
few of the book's 42 chapters could be called a collection of rules, but the majority of
the book more rightly fits the description of advice. As she suggests ways for readers
to seek self-perfection, her words are practical, heartfelt, and drawn from personal e
xperience. Not only this, but because of the book's less formal and less poetically obscure
nature, it offers up a more direct articulation of St. Teresa's theological views than do her
autobiography or her most famous work, The Interior Castle.