Shirt of Flame
Number of pages: 160
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 face without 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
Heather King is an ex-lawyer, sober alcoholic, contemplative, and Catholic convert who lives in the thick of Los Angeles. She is the author of two previous memoirs: Parched; and Redeemed: Stumbling Toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the Peace that Passes All Understanding.