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The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul (Image Classics) [Kindle Edition]

John Beevers
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Few spiritual figures have touched as many readers in the past century as Saint Therese of Lisieux, the saint popularly known as the Little Flower. Though she was only twenty-four years old when she died, her writings have had tremendous impact, making her one of the most popular spiritual writers in the twentieth century. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, has been a source of priceless inspiration ever since it was written, and has become the great spiritual bestseller of our time. A hundred years after her death in 1897, millions of copies have spread throughout the world and it has been translated into more than fifty languages.

The reason for the continued success of her autobiography is, quite simply, that it is unlike any work of devotion and spiritual insight ever written. Once it is read, it cannot be forgotten. Its appeal across cultures and generations has been extensive, moving both peasants and popes, men and women, young and old -- people of every kind of intelligence and education succumb to its spell. Yet is not a conventional work of religious devotion; instead, it is in many ways a supernatural book. In the words of Pope Pius XI, Saint Therese "attained the knowledge of supernatural things in such abundant measure that she was able to point out the sure way of salvation to others," and it is especially in The Story of a Soul that she has pointed out this sure way to the generations that have followed her. As Therese herself said of this book just prior to her death, "What I have written will do a lot of good. It will make the kindness of God better known."



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385029039
  • Publisher: Image; Reprint edition (26 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G60ASG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best selling book of the twentieth century 8 Jan. 1999
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St, Therese of Lisieux, "The Little Flower", was recently declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II, the third woman to receive this honor in 2,00 years. She thus ranks with such intellectual and theological giants as St. Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas. This elevation is all the more astonishing when we consider her background; born to a bourgeios family in provincal 19th century France, she entered a cloistered convent at the age of 15, and died in obscurity at age 24. The posthumous publication of her spiritual journals created a sensation in the Catholic world comparable to that produced in the postwar world by THE DIARY OF ANN FRANK. Adopted as a universal "little sister" by the French soldiers of World War I, St. Therese's naive, charming, but profound words were carried next to many an infantryman's heart. Therese's story and the effect of her powerful personality and passionate devotion have lost none of their force. "At last I have found my calling," she declared. "My calling is love." The core of her spiritual message, the "little way" is the recognition that any act, no matter how trivial, is infinitely valuable if done out of love. Her influence on other great 20th century figures such as Theresa of Calcutta and Edith Stein is obvious. This is a unique book, to be read with pleasure, with joy, and with the assurance of great spiritual benefit. The homely and human details of Therese's short life lead to the path of enlightenment.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual masterpiece 6 Dec. 2001
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St Therese of the Child Jesus is truly the greatest saint of modern times.Her autobiography provides the reader with an insight into her great spirituality. This book is a MUST for anyone who takes their spiritual development seriously.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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John Beevers, a British layman, loved St. Therese very much and introduced many people to her by translating her memoirs and writing two other books about her. In 1976 his work was superseded by that of Fr. John Clarke, OCD, whose acclaimed translation, now in its third edition, is the standard in the English-speaking world. It is available from ICS Publications, and I cannot recommend it too highly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time FAVORITE book!! 6 Mar. 1999
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I LOVED this book! I was so overwhelmed after the first few pages, I had to put it down so I could savor what I read! St. Therese was almost a spoiled brat and I loved that! She had a wonderful sense of humor and now I feel as if she is a close friend! This is a MUST read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Little Way to Jesus Christ 30 Sept. 1997
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St. Therese can help us increase our faith by adopting her "little way" as our own. She was deeply devoted to serving the Lord and others, reading Scripture, and performing menial chores humbly with much happiness. St. Therese showed true humility and suggest steps we can take to become better Christians. She teaches us to take time to smell the flowers, good ways and times to pray, how to accept what happens in our lives, treasuring each moment we have in each day of our lives, giving glory and honor to God. Therese reminds us that we are role models and we need to have integrity. Anyone who wishes to increase their spirituality will receive enjoyment and peace from Therese's story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read. 10 Oct. 2013
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If you want to know about the love of God read this book. It is so simple and yet so profound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux 20 Jan. 2013
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A wonderful book. Food for thought and a very spiritual person. I would thoroughly recommend that everyone reads it. Arrived in good time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 3 April 2013
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I love the story itself. However, the physical book fell apart when I had read about a quarter way through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly one of the greatest saints ever
Undoubtedly one of the greatest saints ever. Don't believe me? Try praying to her. She makes herself known by ensuring you receive roses shortly after you pray fervently to her for... Read more
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Mother Mary told Christina Gallagher that she has to read it!
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Published 4 months ago by emgee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading but I was expecting a bit more
Good reading but I was expecting a bit more, as I am so familiarised with St. Therese's life. There's something missing.
Published 7 months ago by marie grace
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Therese offers a rose for us all.
This book was amazing it was like having a best friend to talk to. I am not a Catholic but I love the Lord and this book taught me so much about myself.
Published 16 months ago by Gena Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
The book is perfect and would recommend used books.
In the package there is another book which has arrived
'The Sacred Canopy' which I did not order. Please advise. Read more
Published 17 months ago by norma rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars A divinely truthful and inwardly beautiful book
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