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The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul Paperback – Nov 17 1987

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Image; Reprint edition (Nov. 17 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385029039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385029032
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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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 XI

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This book... well, read it and it really will change your life. This little saint, who lived a remarkable little life, has left those struggling on earth with their daily lives and routines, her little way of getting "UNDER" them. St. Therese shows us the value of living a simple, childlike life. She compares herself to "being a ball in the hands of the infant Jesus" or being a "little flower" (hence her nickname). This little book shows the value and importance of living a good and holy family life as well. St. Therese was one of nine children (three having proceeded her in death), she and her five remaining sisters, who helped in bringing her up after her mother's death from breast cancer, all had vocations to the religious life. She wrote her memoirs on her death bed before dying from tuberculosos at the age of twenty-five. When you read about the saint's death, her interior and physical trials, you go way realizing that there are so many worse things than suffering. . The Story Of A Soul leaves one with the realization that the quickest way to heaven is the smallest way. "Perfection consists in doing his will, in being what He wills us to be." I have read this book about five times and every time I read it, I learn something new. If you never read another spiritual book, at least say that you have read this one.
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I first heard about St. Therese when reading Merton's Seven Storey Mountain. It seems Merton was simply overjoyed at discovering this saint, this little flower of God's love.
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.
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Initially, in fact for many years, I found Thérèse's sweet, rather childish means of expression to be so trying that I failed to see the stark realism and love in her work. Though I still do not favour her literary style or means of expression, this book contains both a solid approach to spirituality and the picture of one who, contrary to first impressions, was actually a complex and fascinating personality.
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.
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St, Therese of Lisieux, "The Little Flower", was recently declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II, the third woman to receive this honor in 2,00 years. She thus ranks with such intellectual and theological giants as St. Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas. This elevation is all the more astonishing when we consider her background; born to a bourgeios family in provincal 19th century France, she entered a cloistered convent at the age of 15, and died in obscurity at age 24. The posthumous publication of her spiritual journals created a sensation in the Catholic world comparable to that produced in the postwar world by THE DIARY OF ANN FRANK. Adopted as a universal "little sister" by the French soldiers of World War I, St. Therese's naive, charming, but profound words were carried next to many an infantryman's heart. Therese's story and the effect of her powerful personality and passionate devotion have lost none of their force. "At last I have found my calling," she declared. "My calling is love." The core of her spiritual message, the "little way" is the recognition that any act, no matter how trivial, is infinitely valuable if done out of love. Her influence on other great 20th century figures such as Theresa of Calcutta and Edith Stein is obvious. This is a unique book, to be read with pleasure, with joy, and with the assurance of great spiritual benefit. The homely and human details of Therese's short life lead to the path of enlightenment.
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