Introduction to the Devout Life   -     By: Francis de Sales
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Introduction to the Devout Life

Random House / 1972 / Paperback

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Introduction to the Devout Life is one of the great religious and devotional masterpieces. Written for Christians in every walk of life and for every age, the book transcends secular lines and provides for a unique handbook of spiritual reflection for people in the world. These writings are conveniently divided into small sections of advice. Revised and updated by the general editor, with additional notes, the translation has been praised by both Catholics and Protestants as the finest modern translation of Francis's own purpose in writing: to arouse in the reader a complete love of God and an absolute confidence in Him. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1972
Dimensions: 5 1/2 X 8 1/4 X 7/8 (inches)
ISBN: 0385030096
ISBN-13: 9780385030090

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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 seventeenth 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.

Author Bio

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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