Holy Daring: The Earthy Mysticism of St. Teresa, the Wild Woman of Avila, by Tessa Bielecki, is now available.
This fresh, upbeat, and deftly profound book joyfully reconnects the fullness of our lives and the depth of our prayer. Much more than yet another book about a great saint who once was, it actually rekindles something of St. Teresa’s outrageous spiritual impulse for contemporary readers, especially those who describe themselves as “spiritual, not religious.”
Tessa Bielecki shows how Teresa’s vibrant natural life was the foundation of her mystical one, then sympathetically explores the captivating sensuousness of her mystical growth. She presents Teresa’s “bridal mysticism” – a powerful approach to experiencing God as spouse – in a way that inspires both men and women, and concludes with practical advice on how the contemplative life ripens into “the ultimate ecstasy” through service in the world.
With a foreword by Adam Bucko, co-author of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism, this new revised edition of Holy Daring will be an abiding source of inspiration to all who want a fuller, deeper, meaningful, and balanced life.
Published by Adam Kadmon Books, c/o Monkfish Book Publishing, Holy Daring is now available from your favorite bookseller.
“Tessa’s deep intimacy with Teresa of Avila permeates this beautiful book and creates an invitational space for readers of any tradition (or none) to enter into their own transformational relationship with the ‘wild woman of Avila.’”
Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair
“This book on St. Teresa is a gem. Study alone–and how assiduously Tessa did that–would not issue in such a pertinent and perfect reflection on this exquisite woman. Intimate union between these two great Teresas is the only explanation.”
William McNamara, Founder of Spiritual Life magazine and the Spiritual Life Institute
“As a young mother of two very small children, I really appreciate Tessa’s ability to distill the wisdom and beauty of this saint into practical ways of having a ‘willing response to whatever life requires of us’ so that we may let ‘life itself become our asceticism.’ Tessa helps us to see ourselves in Teresa–no matter our life circumstances–as we seek intimacy with the Divine.”
V.K. Harber, Co-founder, Samdhana-Karana Yoga: a Healing Arts Center