The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul

The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul

by John Beevers
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The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul by John Beevers

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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ISBN-13: 9780307778086
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Series: Image Classics
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 356,763
File size: 601 KB

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John Beevers was born in 1911 in Yorkshire. He received his MA from Queens College in Cambridge in 1933, and began an extensive career in journalism, working with the BBC from 1941 to 1969. Although he privately wrote fiction and poetry, printing a volume of poems under the pseudonym John Clayton, he is best known for his biographies of Roman Catholic saints. He died in 1975.

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Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This translation of the French original of St. Therese's manuscripts by John Beevers, first published about 1963, has been obsolete since 1976. In 1973 the first critical edition of Therese's manuscript, "Histoire d'une Ame," appeared in French. The translation of that critical edition by Fr. John Clarke, OCD published by ICS Publications in 1976 is universally acknowledged as the only authoritative English translation. The third American edition in 1997 includes an updated bibliography of St. Therese.. John Beevers, a British layman, was most devoted to St. Therese, and long ago in two other books introduced many English-speaking readers to her. His translation of Therese's manuscript will interest scholars studying the history of the cult of St. Therese. For the general reader, this translation has been obsolete for twenty-six years. It is to be regretted that Image Books, which has contributed so much fine Catholic literature, continues to circulate this translation, especially when the best-sellling Clarke translation is readily available. They would do better to sponsor translations of the many fine French books about St. Therese which have not yet appeared in English. "Story of a Soul" is a life-changing book, in which St. Therese shares "my thoughts about the graces God has granted me," traces the genesis of her "way of confidence and love," and tells the story of her life with her family and in the community of Carmelite nuns. Do read the Clarke translation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book for anyone searching for ways to get closer to God.
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I did not think this was the great spiritual classic that it is touted to be. However, it was an interesting read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The popularity of this simple and profound saint and of her autobiography has been a truly remarkable happening in twentieth century Roman Catholic spirituality. It is as if God, through St. Therese, has stripped down the pursuit of Christian holiness to its bare bones, so that all might hope to arrive at its heights. This translation is very readable for contemporary times. Many (including myself) have found this volume one of those classics that can be read again and again to great profit in the process of conversion. If this is a book with which you are unfamiliar, I cannot recommend it strongly enough. On the other hand, maybe you already own a copy but have simply worn yours out as I have...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book. It is awsome.