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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486464261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486464268
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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For more than 250 years, this simple classic of inspiration has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted acceptance of God's will that is the sure path to serenity, happiness, and spiritual peace. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jean-Pierre de Caussade was born in Toulouse, France, and was ordained a member of the Society of Jesus in 1708. In 1731, he was appointed spiritual director of the Jesuit retreat house in Nancy, where he undertook the spiritual direction of the Nuns of the Visitation. It is the notes of his addresses to the nuns that form this book.Kitty Muggeridge, the wife of author and journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, is well-known as a translator.


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This book was written as a book of spiritual guidance, and an unconventional book, in that it writes about "saints", or those who have surrendered to God's will, yet outwardly do not appear to be remarkable, or seem to fall into the category of "very famous" spiritual people. He discusses things like: the traps and dangers the world imposes on such people, the fact that they are often abused and spied on diligently (and unjustly), their apparent "childishness", the face that they present to the world (often seen as laughing stocks or incompetents), versus the truth of God's workings in their lives, the nature of the world - that those who outwardly appear to be "great princes" are presenting a false face to the world, that Satan enlists regiments of scoundrels for these visible positions who wage war relentlessly against those who love God, and, in fact, that behind all this falsification stands the whole battle of human history. And, of course, that in the end the last shall be first, and God's servants shall triumph. While not in the league of some of the greatest saints' writings, it still has invaluable insights to offer, and so I recommend this book.
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Fr. Caussade presents a wonderful and hopeful way of viewing our modern world and the real possiblity of attaining holiness. Each chapter returns to the basic premise that God will do the work if we simply let Him and that there is no thing of this world which will ever provide an equal possibility of peace and happiness. I treasure my 1945 copy and would welcome the opportunity to purchase another old edition.
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I read this book years ago. It instantly changed my attitude. My philosophy now is "happiness is wanting what God wants." By the time any terrible event touches each of us, it has come through His Loving Hands and is His Will for us. Two books which have a similar subject and which helped me even further are: "God of all comfort" by Hannah W. Smith "Daily Strength for Daily Needs" by Mary Tileston
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Of all the self-help books I have read over the last 20 years, this has the most simple, direct approach to the meaning of our lives on this earth. Knowing this book has been around for so many centuries, also tells me of its long-staying value. I've recommended it recently to 5 different people, most of whom have already bought the book. When you read this, you have to be VERY receptive and TOTALLY willing to focus on each sentance, even reading each line 2 or 3 times. You can't have any distractions. Once you "GET IT", you've got it and now I look through it when I need to refresh my memory or to help keepme on track. I always worried about the future, would I have enough money to cover all future bills, whether my business was going to belly-up and I was going to loose my house because of some catastrophy. Now I look at "right now". I make each minute have value. I let go of trying to control the outcome of every happening and everyone. It's the feeling of jumping off a cliff and knowing God WILL catch me, NO MATTER WHAT. I have a feeling of lightness, and freedom, and should I start to slip into my old way of thinking, I quickly pick up the book and open it up ANYWHERE, and I am brought back to reality. I have a rainbow around me now.
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I have read this book twice and will read it many times again. This book will broaden your understanding of "God's will". Here's a quote: "The thing that must be noted about this will is that, to use human expressions, it seems to be casual and haphazard in its operation. So, don't read this book expecting to find a detailed ethical system; there isn't one provided. This book is a needed corrective to the soft, naive optimism prevalent in Christian and New Age circles today and the soul-destroying pessimism of modern & post-modern atheism and scepticism. - Brad Clark END
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There are a few thousand books to help you learn - about God. This is one of the very few that helps you - know God. Let God Himself change you.
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This is not a long book that might deter readers by its size. It is a slim volume (114pp) which is well worth reading in small considered doses. Fortunately it is divided into many short sections. If you are the sort of person who likes to THINK, not necessarily meditate, I can recommend this. Every so often there is a real gem of a thought. Most people have fairly dull or routine lives, many have to spend a lot of their time doing chores, or other dull things. Has this dull time any value? Perhaps we waste hours of life in traffic jams nowadays - well De Caussade has thoughts on the ordinary frustrations of life. He suggests that they do indeed have value. Great value! His reasoning is simple and there is a warmth behind it which reflects someone who cares about ordinary folk. Remarkable for its time, this eighteenth century book has much to say to us in the modern world. It should be better known. Thoroughly recommended.
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I have read this book twice and will read it many times again. This book will broaden your understanding of "God's will". Here's a quote: "The thing that must be noted about this will is that, to use human expressions, it seems to be casual and haphazard in its operation. I shall call it the purely providential will of God, to distinguish it from that other aspect of his will which imposes definite obligations we must fulfill" (pg. 77). There are two sides to God's will: The providential and the prescriptive. God's providential will encompasses everything that happens, both good and evil. God does not do or prescribe evil, but he certainly permits it and uses it. The profundity of Jean-Pierre's book is his deep understanding of this fact and his understanding of the need for each Christian to abandon themselves to God in the midst of all suffering and do only what God's prescriptive will is at any moment. And what is God's prescriptive will? Jean-Pierre says it is love, but, interestingly, he assumes that you already know what the details of this love is through God's revelation of his specific obligations with the circumstances of each present moment. So, don't read this book expecting to find a detailed ethical system; there isn't one provided. - Brad Clark
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