The Devil in the Castle

St. Teresa of Avila, Spiritual Warfare, and the Progress of the Soul

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We often think of demons appearing only in extravagant and extraordinary manifestations or working only through “bad” people. But the truth is more frightening than that. Most demonic activity takes place undetected, under the radar, and can even be hidden in our own prayer lives and in the churches where we attend Mass. Subtlety, illusion, and deceit are the preferred tactics of Satan's army of fallen angels, and they are waging an invisible battle for souls — right now — within and around us all. 

With St. Teresa of Avila's masterpiece The Interior Castle as his guide, bestselling author Dan Burke takes you on an illuminating journey through the seven levels of spiritual progress, explaining what God is accomplishing within your soul at each stage, as well as the finely tailored demonic strategies applied to throw you off your path.

You'll learn how the devil is as active in your prayer life as you are, and how the saints were able to counter Satan as he adapted his schemes to correspond with where they were on their spiritual journeys.

By discovering the myriad challenges St. Teresa faced and the remedies she employed to advance the spiritual progress of her soul, you'll know precisely what to expect as you progress in your current state to your final spiritual destination. You'll also learn:

  • The marks of authentic contemplative encounter with God
  • Why God uses dryness in prayer to advance the progress of our souls
  • How to know if you're still in the “Purgative Way”
  • How desolation can work for the good of the soul
  • Why it's dangerous to assume that your decisions are correct if you feel at peace
  • How to fight distraction in prayer
  • The 11 ways to test the authenticity of charismatic gifts
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"In the midst of dark times, we need light and clarity. Dan Burke provides both through his illumination of the wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila regarding how we can and must fight the forces that seek to keep us from our high calling to union with God."

Athanasius Schneider
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana
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"Dan Burke has masterfully, simply, and clearly shown the followers of Christ how to be vigilant against the devil's tactics and take up the torch to become, once again, the prophets and faithful witnesses of our time."

Mother Gloria Therese
Superior General, Carmelite Sisters
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"Whatever the reader's stage of spiritual experience, he will surely be enriched by the breadth and the depth of Dan Burke's wisdom."

Timothy Gordon
Author, The Case for Patriarchy
  • Pages: 192
  • Format(s): Hardcover, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-439-9
  • Product Code: 4399
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2022
  • Categories: By Title, Upcoming Releases
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Grow in your relationship with God
If you wish to grow in your spiritual life with God, there are few better at providing a roadmap than St. Teresa of Avila. She is one of 37 Doctors of the Church, a title conferred due to the great advantage the whole Church derives from her teaching. Dan Burke has done a great job in helping guide us through her great work the Interior Castle, focusing specifically on where the enemy will try to derail our efforts, and how to battle through by God’s Grace. The summary of key tactics and how to battle through them at the end of each chapter are particularly helpful. This book will be of great benefit to any and all who would take St. Teresa’s words to heart and begin the ascent towards God in their prayer.
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A map and light to the spiritual life!
We are all called to holiness, but face the challenges of ordinary life. Who can we trust on this pilgrim journey? With his most recent book, Dan Burke provides the laymen with a concise and beautiful guide to St Teresa of Avila’s Seven Mansions and the Progress of the Soul. Once again, Dan demonstrates that he is a trustworthy guide to authentic Catholic Christian spiritual direction and that he is faithful to the Magisterium. Drawing on his years of experience in spiritual direction and from the primary sources, Dan’s book is certain to aid the hungry soul. This book is a guide for the soul through the process of transformation and greater love for God.
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A must-read book for our times
Once again, author Dan Burke has taken what might seem to be a daunting book to read - the Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila - and made it easy to read and understand in today's times. The wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila about the journey from the 'outer courtyard" to the deepest part of the spiritual castle is a beautiful work just on its own, but Burke takes it one step further by giving the reader insights into the wiles and workings of the devil along the spiritual path - pulling from her own reflections and adding his own personal story along the way. The end result is a wonderfully rich, straight-forward book that is perfect for today's troubled times with practical applications about avoiding the pitfalls of the enemy. Whether you are just starting out on your journey or advanced in prayer, this book will lead you to new depths, accompanied by one of the most well-loved and respected Doctors of the Church and Burke's fresh perspective on her Interior Castle - with special attention given to the spiritual warfare that is facing the faithful today. A great read for Lent or any day of the year!
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How is your spiritual life going? Do you want to take it to another level?
Sometimes, I find St Teresa of Avila's writings to be a difficult read. I started on her Interior Castle a while ago, but haven't finished it yet. I got this book which greatly enhanced my comprehension of the Interior Castle. The Devil in the Castle is compelling; I could not put it down, and actually read it in a day. Dan Burke , the author, takes the perennial teaching of a Doctor of the Church and makes it easily understandable and accessible to us in the 21st century. St Teresa and Dan takes you through different stages of your spiritual life, shows you how to get there, how to enhance it, and how to identify and combat the specific Enemies encountered at the different stages. The information in this book can take your spiritual life to another level! Read it; you won't regret it.
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