The Story of a Soul
Publisher: TAN Books
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
The text conveys St Therese’s very own “Little Way” of spiritual childhood, which she called her “elevator” to Heaven. With its origins in Sacred Scripture and recognized by Pope Pius XI as an approved method for growing in holiness, this book aims to help readers cultivate their faith through their trust in God’s all encompassing love and mercy.
Mottoed as a must-have for every Catholic home, The Story of a Soul will be the perfect addition to your library if you are looking to support your religious journey with wise words from both spiritual scripture and life-altering perspectives from one of the greatest saints in modern times - as described by Pope Pius X himself.
St. Therese of Lisieux was a Roman Catholic French Discalced Carmelite nun widely venerated in modern times. She is popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus" or simply "The Little Flower". Therese felt an early call to religious life, and overcoming various obstacles, in 1888 at the early age of 15, she became a nun and joined two of her elder sisters in the cloistered Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy. After nine years as a Carmelite religious, having fulfilled various offices such as sacristan and assistant to the novice mistress, and having spent her last eighteen months in Carmel in a night of faith, she died at aged 24, following a slow and painful fight against tuberculosis.
St. Therese's character is absolutely enigmatic. It was like a blind man seeing the color red for the first time. I have never seen an autobiography filled with with such tenderness and love. Only after reading The Story of a Soul can you truly know what it means to be a child of God.
If I had to flee my home and had room to take with me only ten books, knowing that I might not be able to acquire any more Catholics books again, this would be one of them. (And I'm counting my Cornelius a Lapide Commentaries on the Gospels as five books.) It is simply that good.
How can I explain? Jesus says that we must become little children in order to enter the kingdom of Heaven. In my opinion, Therese shows and explains to us how to do that better than anyone ever before-- after Our Blessed Mother. So, if you really want to get to the heart of the Gospel, go to Therese. That's why Therese is a Doctor of the Church.
However, although the book is simple, it can be misunderstood. For example, as a teenager, I didn't understand the spirit with which Therese did all her little sacrifices and ended up going a bit cuckoo over it. I recently finished a companion to The Story of a Soul called "A Retreat with St. Therese" by Fr. Pere Liagre. I would include this in one of my top ten books as well due to how well it explains Therese's teachings. I would recommend reading read Story of a Soul first and then following up with Fr. Liagre.
I didn’t really have high hopes though I knew I would learn something about an important saint. I have heard many opinions about this book. It was just amazing. It is an authentic story from a beautiful soul that was in love with Jesus and I will enjoy reading it over and over.
Wonderful auto-biography by a real Saint.
I read this book and my spiritual life has been forever changed. In times of desolation, I revisit it and find the courage to trust in God's love for me, his little child amidst all my brokenness for it is He who raised me from the depths of darkness, despair, discouragement into the light of His love where He could heal my wounded heart.
I've read this classic a number of times. It's for devotees of St. Therese who would like to understand more of her spiritual life and family life and her life and sufferings in the convent.
The aspiration of any Catholic is to get to heaven, and there are few people better to learn from than those who are already there.
The Story of a Soul is one of the most heart touching biographies of any saint. It will move you to strive for holiness in ways you never could have imagined.
As a simple autobiography - this book is incredibly motivating.
As spiritual reading - nearly every line of this book is incredibly fruitful.
St. Therese writes in an incredibly clear and pure manner that will absorb you in her saintly life. It most definitely absorbed me, and helped expose many of the flaws and shortcomings that I struggle with. It has given me standards to strive for. And it has touched my own life deeply.
Beautiful. It inspires in one the desire to grow in holiness, to grow closer to God. Truly a must-read.