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Heather King

Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux


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If you have not read award-winning author Heather King before, her honesty may shock you. In this remarkable memoir, you will see how a convert with a checkered past spends a year reflecting upon Saint Thérèse of Lisieux – and discovers the radical faith, true love, and abundant spiritual life of a cloistered 19th-century French nun. The provocative title is inspired by a portion of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets that says we all choose to live “consumed by either fire or fire.”

“This book brings out the grit of sanctity, how it is a continuous, no-holds barred full-on contact engagement with reality. The episodes from St. Therese’s life and Ms. King’s reflections concerning her own path show how both the French Carmelite and her L.A.-based follower simplify their lives, not as an escape, but precisely in order to facewithout distraction the gargantuan challenge and adventure of love, surrender, living out, to the last drop their embrace of the Savior of the world.” —Fr. Vincent T. Nagle, Holy Family Parish, Ramallah, West Bank, The Palestinian Territories

“A moving book written with so much humility, confidence, and love. The true meaning of the Little Way shines through Heather King’sgrace-filled witness. The author’s original prayers aresome of the most beautiful I have ever read.” —Fr. Peter John Cameron, op, editor-in-chief, Magnificat

“Refreshingly and brutally honest… King offers a genuinely moving account of her quest to follow Therese’s little way, become a “victim of love” and, indeed, to redefine what love means in the modern world. Recommended for anyone who is experiencing a “dark night of the soul” or interested in contemporary spirituality.”—Publishers Weekly

“Heather King’s walk with St. Therese is a profound account of turning one’s life toward the light—a journey to which, as she makes clear, we are all invited.”—Bethany Saltman, essayist and poet

“What do Heather King and St. Thérèse de Lisieux have in common? Their lives of faith have been propelled by a revolutionary refusal to reduce their desire for happiness. Read thisbook and you will want to join them in their defense of the desires that make us human.”—Monsignor LorenzoAlbacete, theologian, physicist, and author of God at the Ritz

“Shirt of Flame is a profound meditation on the spiritual depths that can be ours if we are not afraid to start with ourselves, with our seemingly little lives, little concerns, and limitless longings.”—James Stephen Behrens, ocso, Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia)

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