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Introduction to the Devout Life [Paperback]

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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Cosimo Classics
ISBN  1602067333  
EAN  9781602067332  

Availability  70 units.
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In Introduction to the Devout Life, 17th-century French clergyman Francis de Sales addresses himself to the mass of Christians who do not believe it possible that they could live a devout life while also struggling to make their way in the world. He contends that devotion is not a state necessarily relegated to monks in cloisters, but can be a quality of life to which everyone can aspire. Accordingly, the book is arranged as a self-help guide to lead the reader through the process of developing a life lived in accordance with God. Christians seeking a deeper connection with the divine will find this an inspiring read. French bishop and Roman Catholic saint FRANCIS DE SALES (1567-1622) is known for his work converting Protestants to Catholicism. He was a renowned preacher and writer; among his works is Treatise on the Love of God.

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A book you will read and re read thoughout life!  Aug 29, 2008
A splendid edition of a book that, while written 400 years ago, is still just as relevant today. It remains one of the great classics of western spirituality containing practical advice for living every day closer to God. It's aimed at people in all walks of life and has been an inspiration for me for years - I only wish I had bought it even sooner!
Best Instruction to Living  Jun 27, 2008
Wish I had read this one 30 years ago. A practical guide to living life to its fullest. It's fascinating to note that 17th century distractions were not as technical, but nevertheless as real and as abundant a hindrance to the devout life. St. Francis tells us how to put into practice those virtues that we already know, but think we are too busy to use 24/7.
A Classic   Aug 31, 2007
(Based on the original French version shown in the following link)


Saint François de Sales originally wrote this text for one person alone, and subsequently adapted it for the many, addressing the reader as "Philothée", in French, probably translated as Philothea in English, I wouldn't know, meaning "lover of God". This book is a sort of guide to devotion, in case the title wasn't self-explanatory enough.

This work was reprinted over 40 times during the life of its author and was a success for both Catholics and Protestants. Everyone liked it and as a Protestant it's equally useful, you just have to remove the parts about the Sacraments and that's just as good for Protestant usage.

I'd say this book isn't only a good read for Christians, but for anyone interested in wisdom and the likes. I personally didn't agree with everything there, as I am prone not to do with Catholic beliefs, but on the whole it's a very good read. And while I can't say anything of the English translation presented here, I can assure you that the original French is splendidly written and very witty; reminiscent of Montaigne, who wrote at the same period of time (late 16th to early 17th).

A very intelligent, pragmatic, and witty guide to religious behaviour.

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