Burney, Claudia Mair. God Alone Is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila. Paraclete. Jul. 2010. c.176p. ISBN 978-1-55725-661-4. $16.99. REL
This is Burney’s (Amanda Bell Brown mystery series) first nonfiction title. She uses her practiced skill as a writer and narrator to tell the story of this 16th-century Spanish mystic and nun, expounding some of the trickier points of Teresa’s mysticism and offering a good deal of her own story in the process. VERDICT This refreshingly unstuffy book revitalizes Teresa and will appeal not only to African American women but to Christians across race and gender lines as well.