Thérèse of Lisieux (January 2, 1873–September 30, 1897) was a French nun. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. However after her death, her autobiography, Story of a Soul, was published and became a bestseller around the world. Her books explained her spiritual path of love and selflessness. She was canonized in 1925 and named a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.