Introduction to the Devout Life

Introduction to the Devout Life

by Francis De Sales

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Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis De Sales

One of the great religious masterpieces of all time-- a spiritual guide for everyone seeking to live a truly Christian life, revised and updated for the modern reader.

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ISBN-13: 9780375725623
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 376,355
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was born into a privileged family and studied law before abandoning his prospects for the religious life. He was appointed Provost of Geneva, a center of Calvinism. With his quick mind and the persuasive pamphlets that he wrote, he converted thousands to Catholicism, and at thirty-five became Bishop of Geneva. Besides his well-known books, Introduction to the Devout Life and A Treatise on the Love of God, he carried on a vast correspondence. He was canonized in 1665 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Universal Church in 1877.

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Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the sevenjteenth century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ. Francis’s compassionate Introduction leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship.

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Introduction to the Devout Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
St. Francis de Sales in this timeless classic directs the average person in the spiritual life to a deeper union with Jesus Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
deanc on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Francis De Sales (1577-1622), a Roman Catholic priest and one of the 33 Doctors of the Church (so honored by Pope Pius IX in 1877), published this work in 1609. It is a collection of lessons or meditations, grouped into five parts, on the "purgative way, the illuminative way, and the unitive way, the three levels of thought and conduct that are required for a completely moral and religious life" (from the Translator's Introduction of the Image Books edition, p. 6). Each meditation is addressed to "Philothea" (lit. "lover of God"), a pseudonymn for a young female member of the French nobility to whom De Sales served as spiritual director (i.e., mentor or tutor). He published them for the benefit of "all who aspire to devotion." Laced with references to Scripture and the writings of earlier devotional masters, most of these meditations have to do with specific, practical aspects of living a life wholly consecrated to God. Topics covered include the purging of sin from one's life, death, Paradise, Hell, partaking of the sacraments, humility, speech, temptation, chastity, spiritual poverty, pastimes, marital relations, spiritual dryness, prayer, contentment, propriety in dress, friendships, and much more. While his instruction is legalistic or trite in places, there are many useful suggestions, helpful reminders, and challenging ideas to guide thoughtful readers toward a more devout Christian life.If you're not a Catholic you will likely take some of his teachings with a grain of salt, such as the occasional references to venial and mortal sins, invoking the aid of the Blessed Virgin and the saints, etc. Although four centuries have passed since De Sales wrote the Introduction, much of it remains as relevant--and desperately needed--today as it was then. It should be the on the reading list of all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it, but the chapters are incredibly short. :/
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Yeah. Try to make these longer. Including emotions of characters would work.