This blog is small by blogging standards. But, I didn’t expect my observations about the writings of a 16th century Carmelite nun to generate a lot of mainstream interest. Nevertheless, I have now reached 20,000 views for this blog. There have been visits from 94 countries including places like: Mauritius, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Isle of Man. I also had a blog visit from Vatican City (I wonder if it was the Pope?).

Here are a few favorite posts from the 235 I’ve published so far:

  • The topic generating the most interest: Intellectual Visions.
  • The marriage metaphor as it relates to spirituality is important to understanding the Interior Castle and many other spiritual writings. For a detailed discussion see Prayer, Poetry, and Sex.
  • Teresa has brilliant metaphors to illustrate spiritual truth. In The Room she provides an excellent metaphor about the continuous presence of the Trinity.
  • The late Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Philosophy. He wrote a great summary of the Interior Castle. I captured highlights in a post called Dallas Willard and Teresa of Avila.
  • An overview of this entire blog can be found in the Tour of the Interior Castle.

Most people reading my blog are looking for technical information about The Interior Castle. But I’ve also written other posts to highlight various aspects of the spiritual life. Examples include:

Merry Christmas and thank you for taking the time to read Teresa of Avila Turns 500.

Jesus Follower, Blogger, Public Speaker. Teresaofavilaturns500.wordpress.com

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15 comments on “20,000
  1. Simply-Me says:

    Oh wow congratulations. You’re definitely doing something right to garner such a huge interest. Well done.

  2. Aquileana says:

    Congratulations, Dave … a very well deserved achievement!. wishing you happy holidays, with love. Aquileana 😀

  3. Christy B says:

    Congratulations on reaching this wonderful milestone, Dave. The number speaks highly of how you are sharing words of hope and religion to us, two terms which can indeed occur simultaneously. Merry Christmas! Also, if the Pope read your posts, wow, can you even imagine?!

  4. So happy for you, Dave! Stay the path.


  5. Gichon says:

    I have been following “Teresa of Avila Turns 500” blog for some time, without actually having read the Interior Castle … until now.

    Currently in the depths of the Interior Castle, the one translated by Allison Peers. At times it’s a challenge requiring rereading of paragraphs to understand. The last two mansions; six and seven are literaly half the book. She (Teresa) takes great lengths to explain her experiences in the mansions closer to God, as one would expect.

    Continue circling back to earlier posts of the Teresa of Avila Turns 500 blog, as a guide to this major literary work. The blog created my interest in this topic. Still in flight, preparing to land soon.

    • Dave Small says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read (the book and the blog). I find it a very challenging book as well. As you discover more about the Interior Castle — I hope you’ll share your observations. Have a great New Year!

  6. Resa says:

    Congratulations, Dave! Your blog dsreves all the people who view it. It is a very different blog, and you must be very pleased. Give my warmest regards to your lovely wife…. and tell her to take some more pictures for me!
    BTW… March is Kids’ Month on my blog. I want to put some charities that support children on my sidebar. Any ideas? World Vision will be there & Let Girls Learn.

  7. Brian says:

    Friend, there is a twitter seminar of St. Augustine’s book “City of God” that may be of interest to you, not the book necessarily, but the medium. It’s kind of a group read/analysis. It’s by Professor Pecknold (@ccpecknold) at Catholic University. The twitter hashtag to dial in is #civdei on Thursdays at 8:00pm for the next few wks/months. You could easily look in, if interested. Better yet, here is a “twitter moments” compilation by one of the participants (@RaymondBonwell) of a recent night. goo.gl/Fo0dnv

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