Among the great accomplishments and benefits to others, he was the Confessor to Teresa of Avila. It was Peter and the work contained within this particular volume, which Teresa of Avila was able to grow and develop into the person she was. It was Peter of Alcantara, who advised not only her but also others into a life of poverty, prayer which lead to spiritual bliss. In this volume, is a basic and fundamental outline of his life and his thoughts. Combined with this effort is some of his greatest works which he has written down for his brethren of whom he was to manage and those who whished to follow his lead and advise. This volume includes the various mediations of the week, along with his most celebrated work, "The Golden Epistle". This work is the very "little book" Teresa of Avila discusses in her work as being "most valuable."