Spiritual Classic -- Story of a Soul
- I was surprised recently that my library doesn't carry Catholic spiritual
classics such as Story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux or The Interior
Castle by St. Teresa of Avila.
Just in case that is the situation for others on this list, I will add
"classic" books, books that have withstood the test of time, to my list of suggested
books for this list. You will need to point out to your librarians that
while these are older titles they will be checked out for years to come.
Now for our first classic:
Title: Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
Author: Therese of Lisieux
Publisher: I C S Publications, Institute of Carmelite St
Date Published: 3rd edition June 1, 1996
Price: Paperback $12.95
Comments: A spiritual classic. Sure to be checked out for years to come.
Review from amazon.com:
A beautiful book about a beautiful and loving saint, January 20, 2003
Reviewer: A reader from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Once in a while 'special' kinds of people come to inhabit the earth, living
lives that are remarkably pious and outstanding. Therese Martin was one such
person. This simple Carmelite nun presents her life in such detail that makes on
wonder how blessed she was. Her life is infinitely beautiful; it is like a
painting filled with beautiful colors that one would want to stare at forever.
Therese of the Child Jesus is a witness to the Gospel teaching that perfection
is attainable here on earth if we try. As a person, she knew her Lord and
Master very well and Jesus Christ did use her as an instrument of peace,
perfection and simplicity.
Today's world is filled with unbelief, frustration, anger and selfishness.
Yet, at the end of the nineteenth century, when the industrial revolution was at
its peak in Europe, this lady lived a life so holy in practically total
isolation in a convent. Nevertheless, her story radiates to all who seek to find it
today. She is a testament to the fact that no matter how much knowledge or
wealth we have in life, they are worth nothing without love.
A number of people have claimed that this book has helped change their
direction in life. It is now wonder, for there are times when while reading it, one
finds ones eyes filled with tears as a result of the beauty of the life of
Therese. Please read this book, whether or not you are a Catholic. Its message is
deeply spiritual and universal. The autobiography of Therese of the Child
Jesus, presents the story of a simple and loving soul in simple language.
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