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In burgundy bonded leather with a zipper close, here is an easy-to-read revised edition of this Thomas à Kempis classic by Clare Fitzpatrick. The one religious book that is second only to the Bible in popularity. This treasured book has brought peace to readers for many ages by showing how to follow the life of Christ to which all are called. It has large type and is superbly illustrated.
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41 reviews, 4.83 stars
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An easy-to-read revised edition of this Thomas à Kempis classic by Clare Fitzpatrick.
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6 reviews, 4.83 stars
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by St. Augustine. Translated by John K. Ryan. The greatest spiritual autobiography of all time, this classic work is a literary and theological masterpiece. Ryan's masterful translation brings out the luster of Augustine's unmatched tale of his soul's journey to God.
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6 reviews, 4.67 stars
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This beloved Carmelite classic on how to reach intimate union with God through prayer. A favorite with readers, who have found that in about three pages per day, even the busiest person can use this book to heighten his spiritual life.
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3 reviews, 5.00 stars
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Events of biblical times, described in detail with explanations of mystical significance.
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Written in the sixth century, The Rule of St Benedict towers in the great tradition of Christian Monasticism. Its leading characteristics are it's wonderful discretion, moderation, and keen insight into the capabilities and weaknesses of human nature. Here is a common sense approach to arranging life so that Christian spirituality and virtue can be lived out in any community setting.
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The person intent upon gaining Heaven should first resort to a competent guide to reach that Goal of all goals. And no better guide exists than An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church. Easy to read, being laid out in short chapters, yet it is thorough, authoritative, reliable, kind and gentle--a mirror of its author. A book to be read again and again, and to make your guide for the rest of your life!
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How the journey of self-denial leads to perfect union with God
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This great classic by one of the Church’s most famous mystics and spiritual guides is essential reading for anyone wishing to make real progress in the spiritual life.
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This book of prayers is taken from the classic work of Thomas à Kempis. All the prayers are provided in large type and sense lines for easier reading and understanding. Printed and illustrated in two colors.
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As a youth … I had prayed to you for chastity and said “Give me chastity and continence, but not yet”’

The son of a pagan father and a Christian mother, Saint Augustine spent his early years torn between conflicting faiths and worldviews. His Confessions, written when he was in his forties, recount how, slowly and painfully, he came to turn away from his youthful ideas and licentious lifestyle, to become instead a staunch advocate of Christianity and one of its most influential thinkers. A remarkably honest and revealing spiritual autobiography, the Confessions also address fundamental issues of Christian doctrine, and many of the prayers and meditations it includes are still an integral part of the practice of Christianity today.

In his introduction R. S. Pine-Coffin discusses Saint Augustine’s intentions in writing his Confessions and issues of translation. This edition also includes a list of dates of events recorded in the Confessions.

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The Holy Spirit espoused Mary and produced the Word incarnate, in her, by her and through her… Explains why true devotion to Mary, is the secret to the spiritual life. Necessity of devotion to Our Lady, and the wonderful effects of this devotion.
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An account of a Catholic family’s sufferings portrays the tragedy many Catholics endured in England under Elizabeth I. This story reveals the development of the doctrine of vocation, through suffering and divine love.
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38 tracts, 631 questions, about 3000 articles, 10,000 objections and their answers. This brilliant synthesis of Christian thought has had a decisive and permanent impact on religion since the thirteenth century and has become substantially the official teaching of the Catholic Church.
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The essentials of Catholic doctrine clearly and succinctly presented by St. Thomas Aquinas.
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by Thomas a' Kempis. Edited by Harold C. Gardiner, S.J. Written five centuries ago by a humble monk, this timeless message of faith in Christ's teachings remains a vital source of spiritual strength for people seeking to follow in the footsteps of the Lord.
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Renowned mystic and stigmatic, revelations of the Passion, the Apostles Our Lady.
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Celebrated for almost five centuries as a master of spiritual literature, 16th-century saint, Teresa of Avila, is one of the most beloved religious figures in history.

Overcome one day by a mystical vision of a crystal castle with seven chambers, each representing a different stage in spiritual development, Teresa immediately wrote The Interior Castle. Probably her most important and widely studied work, it guides the spiritual seeker through each stage of development until the soul's final union with the divine. Free of religious dogma, this modern translation renders St. Teresa's work a beautiful and practical set of teachings for seekers of all faiths in need of spiritual guidance. It also places this classic in a contemporary context, reasserting its spiritual and literary importance even after more than 400 years.

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After escaping his captors, John fell into a state of profound ecstasy and wrote Dark Night of the Soul. Later, he added an important commentary to his poem to guide other searching souls along the arduous path to communion with God. Here, for the first time, a scholar unaffiliated with the Catholic Church has translated this timeless work. Mirabai Starr, who has studied Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism, lends the seeker’s sensibility to John’s powerful text and brings this classic work to the twenty-first century in a brilliant and beautiful rendering.
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This classic work on the spiritual life has been adapted for contemporary readers by Sister Halcon J. Fisk. It contains the essence of the Thomas à Kempis masterpiece in digestible form.
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G. K. Chesterton was one of the most well-known and beloved writers of his time. Yet he has been strangely neglected today. This book is the perfect introduction to Chesterton. Ahlquist is an able guide who takes the reader through twelve of Chesterton’s most important books as well as the famous Father Brown stories.

One of the problems with approaching Chesterton is that he was so prolific that the reader is simply overwhelmed. But Ahlquist makes the literary giant accessible, highlighting Chesterton’s amazing reach, keen insight, and marvelous wit. Each chapter is liberally spiced with Chesterton’s striking quotations.

There is something special that runs throughout Chesterton’s books that sets him apart from the confusing philosophies of the modern world. That common thread in Chesterton’s writings is common sense. It is instantly recognizable and utterly refreshing.

“Dale Ahlquist is one of the most respected Chesterton scholars in the world and there are few more qualified to illustrate the timeless wit and wisdom of the legendary GKC. This volume is an excellent introduction to one of the giant figures of the Catholic Literary Revival.” —Joseph Pearce, Author, Literary Converts

“Ahlquist re-presents in a lively and incisive manner the many fundamental themes in Chesterton. Chesterton is the real intellectual giant of our times. Ahlquist succeeds admirably in reminding us why.” —Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.

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The spiritual classic by à Kempis, the second most widely read spiritual book after the Bible, has had an astonishing impact on the spiritual lives of countless saints, peasants, and popes for centuries. Even today, the soul-searching words of the fifteenth-century cleric Thomas à Kempis continue to resonate, unbounded by time or geography. Drawing on the Bible, the Fathers of the early Church and medieval mysticism, his four-part treatise shrugs off the allure of the material world, blending beauty and bluntness in a supremely spiritual call-to-arms.

This beautiful translation by Ronald Knox and Michael Oakley is considered by many teachers, writers, and readers to be the best English translation ever, and one that greatly enhances the life-changing insights of Thomas à Kempis. Illustrated.

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Following Of Christ by Gerard Groote
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1 reviews, 4.00 stars
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