The Story of a Soul   -     Edited By: Robert J. Edmonson
    By: Therese of Lisieux
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The Story of a Soul

Paraclete Press / 2006 / Paperback

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Millions of hearts have been touched by Therese of Lisieuxs's desire, not to be mighty and great, but to be a humble, little flower that would gladden God's eyes as He glances down at His feet. Canonized in 1925, she was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II because of her writings that have touched generations of souls. Written in obedience to her Carmelite superior, Therese's personal story was edited and published following her death in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. Combining charming descriptions of family and community life with a sense of humor and intense devotion to God, her autobiography became an instant bestseller. Earlier editions of Therese's modern spiritual classic have often excluded passages, and refined her use of the French dialect often spoken by peasants. Edmonson translates everything and retains the complete charm of the original. The result is a complete and unabridged work, longer than most other editions available today. Careful research and attention to accurate, flowing language are the hallmarks of this new translation of The Story of a Soul, written by the saint known to us as the "Little Flower."

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 1557254877
ISBN-13: 9781557254870

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St. Thérèse's autobiography was first published soon after her death in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. Combining charming descriptions of family and community life with a sense of humor and intense devotion to God, it was an instant bestseller. But earlier editions often excluded passages, and refined her use of the French dialect often spoken by peasants. This remarkable new translation includes every word of the original text, retaining the complete charm of the original. The result is a complete and unabridged work, longer than most other editions available today. Millions of hearts have been touched by St. Thérèse of Lisieux's desire, not to be mighty and great, but to be a humble, little flower that would gladden God's eyes as He glances down at His feet. Now, yours will be, too.

Robert Edmonson also took the time to translate the poem "Divine Prisoner" which is referred to in Story of a Soul as Thérèse's favorite poem, and as the inspiration behind her name "Little Flower." To read this poem, click on the "excerpt" button below.


Click here to link to USCCB.org - select interview #617 to listen to an audio recording of Robert Edmonson's being interviewed by Frank Morock on Catholic Bookmarks.

Editorial Reviews

Canonized in 1925, Therese of Lisieux was declared a doctor of the Church by
Pope John Paul II in 1997. Her "little way" of living her religious life has
appealed to many people since she described it in her autobiography, which she
wrote at the request of her superiors. Having entered the Carmelite monastery
in 1888 at the unusually young age of 14, she died in 1897 from tuberculosis.
The appeal of her autobiography comes from the very simple, disingenuous way
she writes, relating her life story and her religious experience with the
utmost candor. In a smooth translation from the French original, Edmonson
(translator, Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God) eschews
footnotes and adds clarifying phrases, set off by brackets, to the text itself.
Those seeking a more scholarly footnoted English edition will still want to
use John Clarke's translation (ICS Pub., 1976), which also includes
photographs. Those seeking a popular biography should consider Kathryn
Harrison's Saint Therese of Lisieux in the "Penguin Lives" series.
Recommended for most collections.
Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Library Journal March 15, 2006

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