Introduction to the Devout Life [NOOK Book]

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Devout life does not require withdrawal from the world. This was the central insight of Saint Francis de Sales, a 16th-century priest whose Introduction to the Devout Life has not gone out of print in almost four centuries. Francis served the church at a dangerous time in a dangerous place: during the Reformation, in Calvinist areas of France, when celebrating mass was punishable by death. He was a popular minister and a prolific letter writer whose correspondence was cherished for its clear and direct ...
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Introduction to the Devout Life

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Overview

Devout life does not require withdrawal from the world. This was the central insight of Saint Francis de Sales, a 16th-century priest whose Introduction to the Devout Life has not gone out of print in almost four centuries. Francis served the church at a dangerous time in a dangerous place: during the Reformation, in Calvinist areas of France, when celebrating mass was punishable by death. He was a popular minister and a prolific letter writer whose correspondence was cherished for its clear and direct instruction in the ways of piety. The book collects passages from many of those letters, organized as one message addressed to the allegorical character Philothea (which means "lover of God"). The book includes long sections about prayer, temptation, and how to maintain and renew devotion to God. But it is most distinguished by its discussion of how to live a holy life in the secular world.
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  • BN ID: 2940011890581
  • Publisher: DeSales Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 317,373
  • File size: 193 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Outstanding Classic of the Spiritual Life

    St. Francis de Sales in this timeless classic directs the average person in the spiritual life to a deeper union with Jesus Christ.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    A must for those seeking a closer connection with God

    St. Francis teaches how to conduct all aspects of our lives in a way that orders them toward a closer relationship with God. A must for those seeking to deepen their faith.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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