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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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54 reviews, 4.87 stars
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St. Louis De Montfort prophesied that True Devotion to Mary would be the way of life of the great Saints of the Latter Times. This devotion is destined to change the world.
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13 reviews, 4.85 stars
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The Imitation of Christ is a favorite book of Catholics throughout the world. It speaks to the soul of every true Christian, reminding us of the fleeting nature of earthly joy as opposed to the eternity of happiness with God. This new edition from TAN Books combines original content with unique features, including a durable bonded leather cover with zipper, gilded pages, and many beautiful illustrations. The translation is by Bishop Richard Challoner, an inspiring traditional translation, also found in our paperback TAN Classic edition of The Imitation of Christ.
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12 reviews, 4.25 stars
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This is the bestselling complete diary of St. Maria Faustina. It chronicles the events in her life, including the words of Our Lord and the Blessed Mother, extensive footnotes, and many pictures.
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8 reviews, 5.00 stars
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First-ever leather-bound edition of Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. This deluxe edition comes with gilded edges and ribbon marker.
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8 reviews, 4.88 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.
4.714285 / 5 stars
7 reviews, 4.71 stars
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An easy-to-read revised edition of this Thomas à Kempis classic by Clare Fitzpatrick.
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7 reviews, 4.86 stars
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This is the bestselling complete diary of St. Maria Faustina, in a compact size. It chronicles the events in her life, including the words of Our Lord and the Blessed Mother, extensive footnotes, and many pictures.
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6 reviews, 4.67 stars
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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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4 reviews, 4.50 stars
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Originally published anonymously in the early 15th century, The Imitation of Christ is probably the most widely read and influential spiritual book after the Bi
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4 reviews, 5.00 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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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola outlines the Church's classic means of orienting one's soul toward God and eternal salvation - and this is probably the best version available anywhere because it is a self-taught edition (i.e., it does not require a retreat master). The Spiritual Exercises are designed to make a person stop and examine the direction his life is taking and to seriously direct himself toward Heaven and away from Hell.
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3 reviews, 5.00 stars
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Butlter's Lives of the Saints remains a remarkable reference source and, through its comprehensive biographies, a valuable aid to devotion and a rich source of historical information.
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2 reviews, 4.50 stars
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by St. Teresa of Avila. Great Carmelite classic which describes the seven "Mansions" of the spiritual life from beginner to Mystical Marriage. Covers early struggles, aridity in prayer, sweetness in prayer, and much more.
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2 reviews, 3.00 stars
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by Fulton J. Sheen. Filled with compassion and brilliant scholarship, Fulton Sheen's recounting of the Birth, Life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ is as dramatic and moving as the subject Himself.
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2 reviews, 5.00 stars
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By Dom Lorenzo Scupoli-A famous Catholic classic on the strategy for achieving spiritual perfection and salvation. Shows how to combat our passions and vices with an intelligent method in order to achieve a final victory.
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2 reviews, 5.00 stars
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How the journey of self-denial leads to perfect union with God
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2 reviews, 5.00 stars
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Events of biblical times, described in detail with explanations of mystical significance.
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2 reviews, 5.00 stars
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"To remain indifferent to good fortune or to adversity by accepting it all from the hand of God without questioning, not to ask for things to be done as we would like them but as God wishes, to make the intention of all our prayers that God's will should be perfectly accomplished in ourselves and in all creatures is to find the secret of happiness and content."
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2 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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2 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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2 reviews, 4.00 stars
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Deeply rooted in Christian tradition, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are poignant meditations on spirituality, often used in retreats to facilitate spiritual growth. Since its inception in 1524, countless Christians have been invigorated and challenged by these exercises, as their heads, and minds, have been opened to God's will.
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1 reviews, 4.00 stars
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Interior Castle (CD)
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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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How to fulfill your daily duties with God-given purpose
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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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Renowned mystic and stigmatic, revelations of the Passion, the Apostles Our Lady.
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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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Following Of Christ by Gerard Groote
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1 reviews, 4.00 stars
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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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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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For more than 250 years, this spiritual classic has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted acceptance of God's will that is the sure path to serenity,
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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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Christ came not to call saints but to make them — often out of weak, stupid, and sinful men. That’s why the saints are not only models of holiness for us to imi
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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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St. Francis of Assisi-A Biography (Revised)
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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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City of God (Saint Augustine of Hippo)
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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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1 reviews, 5.00 stars
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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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Written shortly after his death, this is the Franciscans' official biography of their great founder. His unusual vocation, life, miracles and greatness--all portrayed briefly, with love and honesty. Learn about the founder of one of the largest religious orders in the world. Inspiring!
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1 reviews, 3.00 stars
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St Catherine of Siena's Dialogue describes the entire spiritual life through a series of conversations between God and the soul, represented by Catherine hersel
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"This classic of hagiography... provides biographical accounts of 2,565 saints, from the most eminent to the most unlikely. The four volumes move through the year... and thus encourage fascinated browsing.
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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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1 reviews, 4.00 stars
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