For the Long Awaited Reads Month and the Translation category of the Classics Challenge:
I’ve been wanting to read this one forever or ever since it was referenced in something else I read and I realized I didn’t know much about her. Plus I have the tradeback book in the house. AND! it seems like a good January “New Year” kind of book, doesn’t it? I wish I could remember which book put me onto it… Let’s investigate. If I added Thérèse‘s book in July 2012, then it’s likely that a book I read about that same time was the one that referenced it. OK, the only books I read that could possibly have mentioned our saint was Rubin’s The Happiness Project or possibly? Wild from Cheryl Strayed. I’m gonna bet it was Gretchen Rubin. I should still have it in the house – maybe I put in a post-it note. No note but YES! A mention in the Suggestions for Further Reading!! Great, that is settled. (and now I see that I actually did write a note on this in goodreads. Huh.)
Other great things this has going for it: Nonfiction, really old, set in another country (France), translated (French)! Win-win on a lot of goals I listed for this year. My copy was published 1989 but uses the Intro written in 1957 by translator John Beevers.
Very much a religious book of a girl who was extremely zealous and conscientious of wanting to live every second of her life with 100% of her being, her mind and her heart totally focused on her God. (Is ‘extremely zealous’ redundant?)