After reading Shirt of Flame: A year with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, I feel grateful to author Heather King. Through this book, King uses her immersion in the life and writings of Thérèse to make this saint vibrant and relevant for contemporary seekers.
In the past I had picked up the writings of Thérèse and found her to be unremittingly optimistic. Thankfully, King has blessed me with a fresh perspective on this young woman, who lived quietly from 1873 to 1897, and her approach to spirituality.
Throughout this worthwhile, enjoyable book King relates significant moments in the life of Thérèse with events that have shaped her own spiritual journey. Each of the twelve chapters concludes with a beautiful prayer, each based on that chapter’s theme. The book concludes with a helpful appendix of life events in chronology. Unobtrusive endnotes aid the reader in locating sources for quoted passages in the text.
Like Thérèse, King invites us to consider how we are spending our days. Are we making time for prayer? How much energy are we giving to loving others? Are we mindful that through serving others we might show our love for God? As King writes, “To let our own flames burn hot, then, requires a radical re-ordering of our time, energy, activities, attention, and orientation of the heart.” I encourage you to pick up this book and experience how these lessons might touch your own heart.
A Catholic convert, author Heather King also has written the books Parched and Redeemed. Her essays have been published in a number of magazines, and she blogs at .
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review purposes. No fee was received for this review.