Introduction to the Devout Life (Image Classics)
Francis de Sales's Introduction to the Devout Life has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the seventeenth century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ.
Francis's compassionate Introduction leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship.
Revised for Christians in every walk of life and for every age, the book's compassionate message transcends secular lines and provides a unique handbook of spiritual reflection for people throughout the world.
Translated, with an Introduction and Notes by John K. Ryan.