There has been much popular interest in Teresa of Avila over the last 20 years and this has produced a range of studies from different perspectives. Jodi Bilinkoff's 1989 study is not new but it does provide a fresh viewpoint. Although the book is centred on Teresa it initially sets out the sort of environment of reform that lay behind the region that Teresa lived in, Teresa's reform itself and completes the picture with what happened thereafter.
This not a book about Teresa per se, and there are of course now many other studies that deal directly with 'la Madre' but this will appeal more to the historian and the researcher. It is a great book for anyone digging deeper around the vexed subject of religious reform in 16th Century Spain and Teresa's role in it. It needs to be read alongside Alastair Hamilton's (1992) 'Heresy and Mysticism in Sixteenth Century Spain' and Gillian Ahlgren's (1996) 'Teresa of Avila and the Politics and Sanctity', both of which I have found to be very useful but (sadly) expensive to get hold of outside university libraries!