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  • Story of a Soul - The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

Story of a Soul - The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

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Two and a half years before her death in 1897 at the age of 24, as Therese Martin began writing down her childhood memories at the request of her blood sisters in the Lisieux Carmel, few could have guessed the eventual outcome. Yet this "Story of My Soul," first published in 1898 in a highly edited version, quickly became a modern spiritual classic, read by millions and translated into scores of languages around the world.

Decades later, in response to growing requests from scholars and devotees of the Saint, a facsimile edition of the manuscripts appeared, along with more popular French editions of what the Saint had actually written. Here, expressed with all of Therese's original spontaneity and fervor, we rediscover the great themes of her spirituality: confidence and love, the "little way," abandonment to God's merciful love, and her "mission" in the church and world today.

Fr. John Clarke's acclaimed translation, first published in 1975 and now accepted as the standard through the English-speaking world, is a faithful and unaffected rendering of Therese's own words, from the original manuscripts. This new edition, prepared for the centenary of the Saint's death, includes a select bibliography of recent works in English on Therese, along with a new referencing system now widely used in studies of her doctrine.

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Therese of Lisieux
Published By:
Institute of Carmelite Studies
Published Date:
January 19, 1996
John Clarke

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  1. Story of a Soul/ book

    Posted by Unknown on Nov 8th 2016

    I learned of St Therese on her feast day in the homily, I had to know more of the 'little flower' and her 'little way'. In Story of a Soul she talks of St Cecilia, how she felt about her with more than devotion but the tenderness of a friend. And that is how I have come to love my heavenly friend St Therese. This book should be recommended to every new convert such as myself, read and reread.

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