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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Alba House,U.S.; abridged edition edition (31 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818906340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818906343
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By susanne.koch@katolsk.no on 24 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
This marvellous book, written 400 years ago, is one of the great classics of western spirituality, and it is still very relevant today. It contains practical advice for living every day with God, aimed at people in all walks of life. This book has been an inspiration for me for years, and Francis de Sales is a friend for life.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos on 7 Oct 2007
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This book is an instruction of devotion to those who live any kind of life, not just religious. So Saint Francis de Sales with that thought writes regarding an individual, which by desire of devotion wishes to the love of God. The instructions are broken down into five parts.

He starts by showing us how to turn our simple desire to a life of devotion into an absolute resolution. Among all of us, a Bishop should set the example of perfect devotion. But its practice cannot be the solitary life of a Carthusian. Nor would that be the life for a tradesman. True devotion does no harm, but rather leads all things toward perfection. True devotion actually makes your trade take on a great beauty. To follow our path of devotion we must purify our soul via the sacrament of penance. And this must be done with fore thought, if necessary write a list. We must truly depart from sin with all our heart. We must then be diligently exercising ourselves by starting our days with spiritual exercises. Which will help place us in the presence of God and beseech him to inspire us. The remainder of the section focuses on various meditations.

Then we learn how we may unite more to Our Lord. By use of the sacraments, God comes closer to us. And by holy prayer, in which he attracts us closer to Him. And above all mental prayer is recommended which has for its object the life and passion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Then there is a short explanation of how to perform mental prayers. We are reminded that God is everywhere, especially in our heart and spirit.

The third part is to learn to advance in the exercises of the virtues. Charity is the most important of all virtues. For with charity come all the other virtues.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookish Mama on 5 July 2009
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I just love this book and re-read it often. It is so accessible and so spiritually encouraging and edifying. St Francis de Sales truly had the gift of communicating profound truths lucidly and succinctly, and his book has had so much impact on my own faith. It is a wonderful, kind, sincere, step by step guide to growing closer to God and just like sitting with a wonderfully wise and learned, gentle but truthful priest and having him open up the door of faith to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Mottoul on 7 Aug 2013
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I haven't read a lot of these kinds of books yet.. But it sure is an awesome starter. Loved it.
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By Teesa on 28 Jun 2014
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Essential reading for anyone wanting to find extremely practical direction. Step by step guidance valuable to all those striving to stay close to God in their everyday life, from beginner onwards.
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