Abandonment to Divine Providence
Publication Date: 1993-04-01
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"A spiritual classic of the first order... a book for all those who truly seek God." --Dom David Knowles
"Father de Caussade has a wonderful way of encouraging the doubtful, of nurturing the personal surrender that is so much a part of the development of faith. The book is a mystery of its own -- and is definitely not for Christians only." --Rabbi Joshua Chasan
"Abandonment to Divine Providence is a classic perhaps more necessary now than ever before. It's a little book that rightly rejects the spirituality of fear and trembling (and the modern preoccupation with dreary self-absorption) in favor of an abiding trust in God's active benevolence. This is a work one reads again and again, always with gratitude and astonishment." --Donald Spoto, Author of Blue Angel and The Dark Side of Genius
Jean Pierre de Caussade (7 March 1675 - 8 December 1751) was a French Jesuit priest and writer known for the work ascribed to him, Abandonment to Divine Providence, and his work with Nuns of the Visitation in Nancy, France.
This is an essential spiritual classic that fits alongside Imitation of Christ, True Devotion to Mary, and Introduction to the Devout Life. The point of the book is quite simple: every single moment in your life has been foreordained by God to guide you on the path to salvation, so therefore we should humbly accept our daily crosses and burdens. I now use it as part of my repertoire for the spiritual life. Whenever I am moanin' and groanin' (which I do on a daily basis), I try to take a step back, and remember Caussade's words that God has purposefully put these crosses here for my own good. And He knows better than I do of what is good for me. This book will start you on a quest to be at peace with all of the good and bad in your life. In this way you unite yourself with God, which is the only path to achieve true happiness.