Saint Therese of Lisieux

  • by Kathryn Harrison
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

St. Therese of Lisieux, largely unknown when she died in a Carmelite convent at the age of 24, became, through her posthumously published autobiography, one of the world's most influential religious figures. No less a luminary than Andre Gide modeled one of his characters after her in his novel Strait is the Gate. Originally the pampered daughter of successful and highly religious tradespeople, Therese appealed personally to the Pope to let her enter the convent at the age of 15. There, Therese embraced sacrifice and self-renunciation in a single-minded pursuit of the "nothingness" she felt would bring her closer to God. Her ascetic practices enabled her to undergo even the scourge of tuberculosis, which only deepened her spiritual intensity even as it would take her life.

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What the Critics Say

"[Harrison's] prose sings like the novels she is known for, and the biography reads like a particularly juicy novella." (Publishers Weekly)
"Harrison provides an intriguing, multifaceted portrait of a flawed human being destined for sainthood." (Booklist)

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Memoir of a Child Saint

I found the book startling to begin with--the dedication to Earl Harrison jolted me so I had to do a google on Kathryn Harrison! Truely, Earl was a child of the Light.

I wish the book had been read by the author, but perhaps her french accent is lousy....

Harrison's forays into Therese's psyche were a bit overdone...as if any of us can know what someone else is thinking or feeling...but still, she pulled together (evidently) much of Therese's writings, etc. A good listen....helped me pass the time while walking.
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- History Buff "Grace"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape