The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul Paperback – Nov 17 1987
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"A wonderful story of love, told with such authenticity, simplicity and freshness that the reader will be nothing but captivated ... I would like to invite all of you to rediscover this great little treasure, this glowing commentary on the Gospel fully lived." –His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
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A spiritual guide for millions the world over, this is the autobiography of a holy woman who "attained to the knowledge of supernatural things in such abundant measure that she was able to point out the sure way of salvation to others." --Pope Pius XISee all Product Description
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Two years later, I've finally managed to investigate what Merton thought so important. Having read this autobiography, I can say that Merton was no dummy. Have you ever read a story and just walked away from it happy and not knowing what about it made you so happy? That is the feeling I got when I read this the "Little Flower's" account of her own life.
In short, words cannot accurately reflect how I feel about this book. This girl, this saint of the Church, was just so loving, so joyful in being alive, so happy to be in love with God, that she will rub off on every person who reads this book.
This is the first book in a long time that, as soon as I finished reading it, I wanted to read it again. I hope it does the same for you. I have a sneaking suspicion that it will be even better the second time around.
And so, I take great joy in recommending this book. I can only hope that it impacts you as much as it did me.
One underlying truth is both that God works with whatever "material" our personalities and circumstances present, and that the influence of others in our lives is equally important. Thérèse is an intriguing study in contrasts: so timid that attending school was too much for her, yet so determined and willful that she would approach Pope Leo himself (against all instruction!) to petition him to allow her to enter the Carmel at 15.
Thérèse's writing of herself is completely without affectation or reserve. One delicious example, quite humorous yet giving the reader the picture of an intense and somewhat melancholy interior struggle, is that of her heroically remaining cheerful when she overhears her father expressing annoyance that, as a teenager, Thérèse still expects her shoes to be filled by Pere Noel. This story naturally has its hilarious side. Not only was Thérèse far past the age when Father Christmas might be expected to visit, but she was convinced of and actively pursuing a vocation to the austerity of Carmelite life. It is more humorous yet that, as an adult nun, she would include this as an example of the practise of virtue.
Yet, for all that the incident makes one smile, it does capture a very important truth, key in Thérèse's spirituality.Read more ›
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I really liked this "story of a soul" because it was down-to-earth, and allowed me to relate to St. Therese as a real person. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by C. Mann
I can't say enough good things about this book. I could read it again and again. Some criticize her style and her writing abilities; however, considering her small amount of... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2002
St Therese was obviously not an accomplished writer and her prose become quite wearisome. She litters her writing with a combination saccharine-sweet sentiments and Victorian... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2002 by T P Jarvis
The insights of this cloistered Carmelite nun have profound impact over one hundred years after she put them to paper. Read morePublished on July 3 2002 by J.D.
To have a veritably sacred and loving bond with God is a wonderful and unexplainable sensation, an ecstasy that no degree of hyperbole can befittingly describe, for, it is an... Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by Christian Engler
This auto- biography on Saint Therese I very highly recommend. It is a must read for all Christians. her relationship with Christ is truly beautiful. Read morePublished on March 13 2002 by Rosella Ann Myles
For those of a Christian spirituality, the life of Thérèse is an inspiration of what can happen when we truly give our lives totally over to God. Read morePublished on June 1 2001 by RJ
St. Theresa of Lisieux wanted all her life to be a saint. So earnest was she to enter the Carmelite Convent that she appealed to the Pope for special permission. Read morePublished on March 3 2001
This is the kind of book that is "formative." After reading it, one is changed forever. Therese Martin's autobiography models for all of us a way of sanctity that is... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2000
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