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The Rule of St. BenedictThe Rule of St. Benedict
Timothy Fry
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Composed nearly fifteen hundred years ago by the father of Western monasticism, The Rule of St. Benedict has for centuries been the guide of religious communities. St. Benedict's rules of obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal religious societies, they also provide an invaluable model for anyone desiring to live more simply. While they presuppose a certain detachment from the world, they provide guidance and inspiration for anyone seeking peace and fulfillment in their home and work communities. As prepared by the Benedictine monk and priest Timothy Fry, this translation of The Rule of St. Benedict can be a life-transforming book.

Athanasius: The Life of AntonyAthanasius: The Life of Antony
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The desert monks in Egypt asked Athanasius to write an account of Saint Antony's life because they saw in it the ideal pattern for how to live the ascetical life: a life of steadfast devotion, complete dependence on God, and ruthless trust. Antony is often called the father of Christian monasticism. With his resolute commitment to reject anything that might hinder his communion with God, Antony shifted the center of monastic life from the periphery of established communities to the hermitage, separated from civilization, in a location of solitude and serenity. By spending days out in the desert and even living for a while in a tomb, he exemplified the life of total dependence on God. Saint Antony's story is a riveting account of both what a life committed to God demands and what it promises.Athanasius (c. 295-373) was a controversial bishop in Alexandria who became a force in political and religious affairs. His famous account of the life of Antony was the first volume to detail the life of a saint. The book soon became a classic and one of the most influential writings in Christian history.

Dark Night of the SoulDark Night of the Soul
Saint John of the Cross
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Dark Night of the Soul takes readers on a deeply spiritual journey through challenges, hardships, difficulties, and temptations to complete union with God. St. John narrates this journey of the soul, which requires death to self and detachment from the world. In a step-by-step process, he shows how God can use this "dark night" to eventually bring our human spirits into greater illumination, revealing Divine wisdom and the passion of divine love. He shows in detail how the soul can walk securely through the darkness and the wonderful effects that are wrought in the believer as a result of the dark night. The book includes CD of selected excerpts from book.

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591) was a poet, priest, philosopher, and mystic who helped to bring about reform within the Roman Catholic Church during the sixteenth century. A member of the Carmelite Order, he worked diligently with Saint Teresa of Avila to return their order to its proper foundation, a deep devotion to Jesus Christ. As a result of their efforts, John was imprisoned. Central to Saint John's beliefs are the necessity of death to the self, the mortification of the flesh, and overcoming the devil, the world, and all temptations so that the soul can be completely united to God and His love.

The Little Flowers of St. Francis of AssisiThe Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi
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St. Francis of Assisi's ecstatic embrace of a life of poverty revolutionized Christianity even as it transformed the ethics of the West. In this luminous, lively book, St. Francis followers preserved his legend and those of his first disciples, combining stories of miracles with convincing, and often slyly humerous, potraits of men who were no less human for having been touched by God.

The Interior CastleThe Interior Castle
Teresa of Avila
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The first translation by anyone outside the Catholic church of the great mystic saint Teresa of Avila's most powerful and influential work. Celebrated for almost five centuries as a master of spiritual literature, sixteenth-century saint Teresa of Avila is one of the most beloved religions figures in history.

Free of religious dogma, this modern translation renders St. Teresa's work a beautiful and practical set of teachings for seekers of all faiths in need of spiritual guidance. It also places this classic in a contemporary context, reasserting its spiritual and literary importance even after more than four hundred years. Softcover, 299 pages.

The Confessions of Saint AugustineThe Confessions of Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine
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Written in the waning days of the Roman era, Augustines Confessions are the moving diary of a soul's journey. From his earliest memories of childhood, through his turbulent and licentious youth, to his resolute conversion at the age of 32, Augustine traces a pilgrimage of unbounded grace. Throughout, he passionately addresses the spiritual questions that have engaged thoughtful minds since time began.

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Every Christian library needs the classics - the timeless books that have spoken powerfully to generations of believers. Now Hendrickson Christian Classics allows readers to build an essential classics library in affordable modern editions. Each volume is freshly retypeset for reading comfort, while thoughtful new introductions place each in historical and spiritual context. Attractive, classically bound covers look great together on the shelf. Best of all, value pricing makes this series easy to own. Planned to span the spectrum of Christian wisdom through the ages, Hendrickson Christian Classics sets a new standard for quality and value.


The Imitation of ChristThe Imitation of Christ
Joseph Tylenda
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Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul I. Written by the Augustine monk Thomas a Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing worldly vanities and locating eternal truths. No book has more explicitly and movingly described the Christian ideal: "My son, to the degree that you can leave yourself behind, to that degree will you be able to enter into Me."

Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, The Tree of Life, and The Life of St. Francis (Classics of Western Spirituuality)Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, The Tree of Life, and The Life of St. Francis (Classics of Western Spirituuality)
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Long before Bonaventure was called "The Prince of Mystics" by Leo XIII or "The Seraphic Doctor" by John Gerson, he was known throughout the Christian world as "The Devout Teacher." The three works contained in this volume offer the core of his vision. In The Soul's Journey into God, considered Bonaventure's masterpiece, he takes the six-winged Seraph as the symbol for the six stages of centemplation in which the created world is seen as a reflection of God. The Tree of Life is a simple meditation on the life of Jesus, "based on the Gospel accounts" in which "Christ is seen as the Tree of Life on which branches blossom such virtues as humility, piety, patience, constancy and justice." The Life of St. Francis was the official biography commissioned by the Franciscan Order in 1260.

The Practice of the Presence of GodThe Practice of the Presence of God
Brother Lawrence
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For more than three centuries, the writings of Brother Lawrence have taught Christians that God is as present in the kitchen as in the cathedral and as accessible in the living room as He is around the Lord's table. This simple, yet profound teaching will empower you to seek the joy of God's presence in the midst of every moment and circumstance. Sensitively revised in modern English, this edition includes a color timeline and a biography of Lawrence complete with black-and-white illustrations.

The Desert FathersThe Desert Fathers
Helen Waddell, ed. & trans.
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By the fourth century A.D., devout Christians, men and women alike, had begun to retreat from cities and villages to the deserts of North Africa and Asia Minor, where they sought liberation from their corrupt society and the confining shell of the social self. The Desert Fathers is the perfect introduction to the stories and sayings of these heroic pioneers of the contemplative tradition. Selected and translated by Helen Waddell, The Desert Fathers opens a window onto early Christianity while presenting us with touchingly human models of faith, humility, and compassion.

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