François Fénelon was a seventeenth-century French Catholic archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. He became a wise mentor to members of the king's court, his writings preserved by the many people whom he counseled. These words have inspired Christians of all backgrounds for centuries with their frank honesty, spiritual wisdom, and unflinching response to truth. This beautiful, accessible, contemporary English translation, introduces you to the essential Fenelon. "All who seek fellowship with God amid the rush and racket of modern life will find that Fenelon's searching gentleness is a wonderful pick-me-up for the heart. This selection from his letters is pure gold." Dr. J. I. Packer, author of Growing in Christ "Here is a book of spiritual reading that will guide you into an encounter with God through heart-felt prayer and meditation, solidly rooted in scripture and the Catholic tradition. It represents the best of the ancient future evangelical and ecumenical spiritual literature, with insights that have the power to transform our lives." Dr. Robert Webber, author of Ancient-Future Worship Hal M. Helms was a popular author and editor at Paraclete Press. Robert J. Edmonson, C.J., who also writes the Foreword for this volume, holds a certificate in French from the University of Montpellier (France) and a degree in French from Middlebury College. His translations of spiritual classics have sold nearly 100,000 copies. Edmonson is also the editor of The Complete Fenelon (available from Paraclete Press).
Francois Fenelon was a seventeenth-century French archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. Amid the splendor and decadence of Versailles, Fenelon became a wise mentor to many members of the king's court. Later exiled for political reasons, he set out to improve the lot of peasants of his diocese. His letters of counsel and spiritual meditations have found a wide audience for more than three centuries.