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Treatise On The Love Of God
by Saint Francis De Sales
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From Publishers Weekly
This "mildly modernized" edition presents one of Francis de Sales's masterpieces in an accessible format. The 17th-century Geneva bishop's treatise on God's love has been paraphrased and shortened from 12 long books into 12 short chapters "while attempting to remain true" to the original's "character and...content." Whereas de Sales's "Introduction to the Devout Life" was written for a popular audience and has been translated many times, this book was "geared more toward an educated and experienced readership" and has not been so widely reproduced. De Sales said he wrote the book "for those who want to move beyond elementary spirituality," and some of the concepts it contains are not easy. However, Christian readers who long for deeper devotion as taught by a wise, experienced spiritual guide will delight in this carefully edited book.
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Living Love is familiar to many readers as Treatise on the Love of God, written by Francis de Sales during the turbulent beginning years of Calvinism. While bishop of Geneva, de Sales began to write his treatise, divided into twelve short books and published in 1616. This mildly edited version condenses each book into a chapter. Bernard Bangley's gentle touch has preserved de Sale's enthusiasm for God, his compassion, and good humor.
This book reads like long letters to a friend, sprinkled with anecdotes and illustrations from nature. Above all, Living Love is the helping hand of a skilled spiritual director, offering the assurance "that a deep and satisfying prayer life is not only possible, but within the reach of anyone who will accept what God is forever offering."
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