This particular book by FUS alumna, Gina Loehr, is one of those that was sent free for a review. Well, did I hit the jackpot on this one! Titled The Four Teresas, this book is part biography, poor spiritual reflection, and part catechesis all rolled into one. The book's theme links the four Teresas with Jesus's two greatest commandments (as noted in Matthew 22: 37-39):
- Therese of Lisieux as a prime example of loving God with all your heart
- Teresa of Avila as a prime example of loving God with all your soul
- Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) as a prime example of loving God with all your mind
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta as a prime example of loving your neighbor as yourself
An interesting side-note is that all four Teresas are linked not only in name, but also in spiritual chrism (three were Carmelites and the fourth, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, credited St. Teresa of Avila for her vocation and how she carried it out), and in fighting for what they believed to be God's will. They were strong women ... willing to buck society and family to do what they knew was right.
This is a book that I'll turn to again and again for inspiration when I'm feeling the need for some spiritual sustenance. Loehr's writing is accessible and makes the lives of these amazing women seem accessible to one and all. I highly recommend this one!
This book was sent as part of The Catholic Company's review program. I was required to write a review, but all comments above are my own honest opinions of the work reviewed. For further information about The Four Teresas or to puchase a copy, please see The Catholic Company's website.