Introduction to the Devout Life

Introduction to the Devout Life

Written for Christians in every walk of life and for every age, St. Francis De Sales' classic work transcends secular lines and provides a unique handbook of spiritual reflection for people in every avenue of life....

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Title:Introduction to the Devout Life
Author:Francis de Sales
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Introduction to the Devout Life Reviews

  • Karina
    May 30, 2009

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

  • Mari
    Mar 22, 2008

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

  • Debi Harris
    Jul 20, 2007

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

  • booklady
    Jun 02, 2008

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

  • Carsten Thomsen
    Nov 22, 2012

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

    Very helpful book. No wonder why St. Francis de Sales is a Doctor of the Church. ...

    Treasures of wisdom abound in this text. Very helpful to anyone seeking to live a spiritually rich Christian life. ...

    This book is a superb example of Francis de Sales' pastoral style and earnest faith. Everything in here is worthwhile Christian reading, regardless of your faith background. I cannot speak highly enough of Francis' exhortations to the faithful. You may disagree that the goal of Christi...

    When I initially read about St. Francis de Sales I was really excited to read him. Here was a man, who, like myself, experienced deep spiritual despair upon being exposed to Calvinism. St. Francis, like myself, also came out of that despair with a firm resolution towards God's mercy an...

    When St. Francis De Sales wrote "Introduction to the Devout Life" in the 16th Century, he probably didn't know that his book would continue to be one of the most widely read books on Christian spirituality 400 years later. Yet, that is exactly what it is. ITTDL is in fact one of the mo...

    This medieval saint is writing to help a young lady in the faith. He is a keen observer of men and their ways and writes out many ideas on relationships and character that one doesn't see often. He is Catholic, and this comes out so often, but at the same time his Jesuit like urge to m...

    "All true and living devotion presupposes the Love of God" This spiritual classic is written not by a monk for monks but by a catholic bishop advising a young wife of an ambassador to live a pious life. Mme. de Charmoisy found it difficult to maintain a devout spirit in the midst of...

  • Mathew
    Apr 25, 2008

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

  • E.A. Bucchianeri
    Apr 11, 2014

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

  • Julie Davis
    Dec 29, 2012

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

  • Sam Ruddick
    Jun 18, 2017

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

  • Galicius
    Apr 04, 2017

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

  • Jeff Miller
    Feb 20, 2015

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

  • Dad Bowers
    Apr 22, 2011

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

    Very helpful book. No wonder why St. Francis de Sales is a Doctor of the Church. ...

    Treasures of wisdom abound in this text. Very helpful to anyone seeking to live a spiritually rich Christian life. ...

    This book is a superb example of Francis de Sales' pastoral style and earnest faith. Everything in here is worthwhile Christian reading, regardless of your faith background. I cannot speak highly enough of Francis' exhortations to the faithful. You may disagree that the goal of Christi...

    When I initially read about St. Francis de Sales I was really excited to read him. Here was a man, who, like myself, experienced deep spiritual despair upon being exposed to Calvinism. St. Francis, like myself, also came out of that despair with a firm resolution towards God's mercy an...

    When St. Francis De Sales wrote "Introduction to the Devout Life" in the 16th Century, he probably didn't know that his book would continue to be one of the most widely read books on Christian spirituality 400 years later. Yet, that is exactly what it is. ITTDL is in fact one of the mo...

    This medieval saint is writing to help a young lady in the faith. He is a keen observer of men and their ways and writes out many ideas on relationships and character that one doesn't see often. He is Catholic, and this comes out so often, but at the same time his Jesuit like urge to m...

  • Kevin de Ataíde
    Aug 03, 2011

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

  • Nathaniel Turner
    Dec 04, 2013

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

    Very helpful book. No wonder why St. Francis de Sales is a Doctor of the Church. ...

    Treasures of wisdom abound in this text. Very helpful to anyone seeking to live a spiritually rich Christian life. ...

    This book is a superb example of Francis de Sales' pastoral style and earnest faith. Everything in here is worthwhile Christian reading, regardless of your faith background. I cannot speak highly enough of Francis' exhortations to the faithful. You may disagree that the goal of Christi...

  • Jessica Snell
    Oct 25, 2011

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

  • Shawna
    May 24, 2012

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

  • Renee
    Jun 30, 2018

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

    Very helpful book. No wonder why St. Francis de Sales is a Doctor of the Church. ...

  • Connie Rossini
    Feb 17, 2013

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

  • Teri
    Jan 28, 2013

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

  • Cherish
    Apr 24, 2017

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

  • Christian Engler
    Sep 20, 2013

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

  • Todd
    Jul 27, 2013

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

  • Walter
    Dec 30, 2013

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

    Very helpful book. No wonder why St. Francis de Sales is a Doctor of the Church. ...

    Treasures of wisdom abound in this text. Very helpful to anyone seeking to live a spiritually rich Christian life. ...

    This book is a superb example of Francis de Sales' pastoral style and earnest faith. Everything in here is worthwhile Christian reading, regardless of your faith background. I cannot speak highly enough of Francis' exhortations to the faithful. You may disagree that the goal of Christi...

    When I initially read about St. Francis de Sales I was really excited to read him. Here was a man, who, like myself, experienced deep spiritual despair upon being exposed to Calvinism. St. Francis, like myself, also came out of that despair with a firm resolution towards God's mercy an...

    When St. Francis De Sales wrote "Introduction to the Devout Life" in the 16th Century, he probably didn't know that his book would continue to be one of the most widely read books on Christian spirituality 400 years later. Yet, that is exactly what it is. ITTDL is in fact one of the mo...

  • J. Robert Larmer
    Apr 14, 2017

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

    Very helpful book. No wonder why St. Francis de Sales is a Doctor of the Church. ...

    Treasures of wisdom abound in this text. Very helpful to anyone seeking to live a spiritually rich Christian life. ...

    This book is a superb example of Francis de Sales' pastoral style and earnest faith. Everything in here is worthwhile Christian reading, regardless of your faith background. I cannot speak highly enough of Francis' exhortations to the faithful. You may disagree that the goal of Christi...

    When I initially read about St. Francis de Sales I was really excited to read him. Here was a man, who, like myself, experienced deep spiritual despair upon being exposed to Calvinism. St. Francis, like myself, also came out of that despair with a firm resolution towards God's mercy an...

  • Jonathan Drnjevic
    May 09, 2018

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

    Very helpful book. No wonder why St. Francis de Sales is a Doctor of the Church. ...

    Treasures of wisdom abound in this text. Very helpful to anyone seeking to live a spiritually rich Christian life. ...

  • Jen
    Jan 18, 2018

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

  • Léas
    Mar 30, 2016

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

  • Julia Sullivan
    Jan 05, 2018

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

  • Frederik Vandelannoote
    May 14, 2018

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...

    I've read this book a few times, and although it's about 400 years old, it's a gem. It's broken up into small "chapters" so it's great to read just one little tidbit each day.... ...

    February 4, 2012: Finished it today and it has renewed my enthusiasm to reread all the spiritual classics and not just read them, but live them. EXCELLENT BOOK! As January 24th is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, patron saint of writers and jou...

    Been reading this every couple of years for Lent. This time I got the audiobook version since I know I will keep coming back to it. What I love about this book is that each time through you find something helpful to your current situation and it just clicks. Figure it will remain th...

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review...here it is! Everyman?s (and Woman?s!) ?How-To Become a Saint? Manual Spiritual exercises, devotions, finding a spiritual director ~ that?s all difficult mystic twaddle just for priests, monks and nuns who have given up...

    Good Story #51. Julie and Scott post a podcast discussion of Introduction to the Devout Life on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. We swear we didn't plan it that way... what are the odds? =========== I really liked this book and could see it being an annual read since so man...

    I came into this book thinking it would help a lot with my discernment (to be or not to be a nun?), and it turned into a wonderful journey through my whole Catholic life. The first half, I must say, made me feel very, very small and unworthy; my spiritual life suffers tremendously comp...

    A good translation is so important*. I've seen some translations online that honestly are hard to read and boring due to all the old expressions (they seem to just drag on and on - rather than crisply conveying what they are meant to convey). So far the best translation I saw was this ...

    From my 100-word recommendations on my blog, Contemplative Homeschool: The classic spiritual guide for lay people. Practical and specific advice. 20 pages of guided meditations, plus further chapters on how to pray well. Does not mince words, yet remains realistic and compassionate....

    This is one of the few books that "stays on my nightstand." I really just mean that it is one of those books that I will refer back to again and again for spiritual help. I'd never put it away, it needs to be a regular reference. ...

    This amazing book is a guide to life, in five parts, then in short two-page "well-intentioned instructions", all collected and completed during the busy life of Francis de Sales' work as bishop. Because he was so busy, he says, "I have sought to give clear, intelligible words, but as t...

    Second reading. Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) St. Francis offers some powerful advice and help on how to immediately undertake a spiritual journey. The ten meditations in the ?But my object is to teach those who are living in towns, at court, in their own households,...

    Saint Francis de Sales-patron saint of authors and writers and eminent Doctor of the Catholic Church-is quite deserving of his posthumous honors and titles, for with Introduction to the Devout Life (among his numerous other books and pamphlets), he gives to not only Catholics around th...

    No wonder this is such a classic in the realm of spiritual reading. St. Francis' advice is incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sometimes when I read spiritual works I get a little overwhelmed by all the emotions and vague "love God" directions. I always wonder, "Ok, but HOW do I do...

    I've read most of St. Francis de Sales "Catholic Controversy" and had heard only good things about his "Introduction". What I particularly enjoy is his insistence on different spiritual acts for people in different states of life. I'm certain many zealous Catholics will agree with ...

    St. Francis de Sales' perennial classic of spiritual direction. I place this book in the same league as that classic The Imitation of Christ by Thomas of Kempis. But there is a great difference. St. Francis de Sales is deeply influenced by the thought of St. Philip Neri and embraces so...

    ive spent a long time asking and looking around for a solid devotional book. something w lots depth and wisdom that would challenge and shake me up a bit. this book gave me everything i was looking for and more. it's hard to move through this book fast. not only is it 400 years old but...

    Despite its age, it makes for a very practical and direct guide to a life devoted to sanctity, especially a secular life led by a typical lay person, for whom the book was intended. A strong focus on a personal relationship with a single confessor may turn out to be difficult for many ...

    This took me almost all year to read, because I read it a bit at a time, but it was amazing. I would be starting back at the beginning again ? it seems like the sort of book one could profitably read every year ? except that I have another of his that I want to start in its place. ...

    "Diseases of the soul as well as those of the body come posting on horseback but leave slowly and on foot. In this enterprise we must have courage and patience..." ...

    Well, what to say about this one? You've got to adjust to the language, for sure, and by that I don't mean you gotta be able to read old-timey talk. I mean you gotta kind to learn to disregard words like hate and humiliation. I mean, I think if the cat were to write it today, he wou...

    This literally took me a year to read but it was worth it. Full of so much wisdom. I'll be referencing it a lot, I'm sure. ...

    Very clear introduction into the religious life...this book is written for the normal layman. Very practical in nature with lots of examples. One of the best i have read until now. ...

  • 7jane
    Mar 24, 2016

    This book was written for people with desire to be closer to God, a desire DeSales found on all levels of society, and the reason he wrote this book. It's aimed at laypeople, to show how devout life is possible no matter what one does in life, that devout life is not just for the clerg...