Began reading this book a little begrudgingly as St Therese of Lisieux just never really appealed to me My opinion was that she was spoiled and had an easy life, so what would she have to offer me Well, this is one of my favorite books The first few chapters I had to drag myself through, after that it was smooth sailing She had such a practical and easy outlook on life and holiness, very much like St Josemaria Escriva that it s through the small, every day events in our lives that we can grow as people and attain holiness and eventually union with God Just very practical guidance.
I am torn in my reaction to this book With all of our knowledge of psychiatric illnesses today, we would probably medicate Therese and send her to therapy due to her hallucinations, visions and, at least from the tone of Manuscript A, her self absorption I only became interested in the book and St Therese when I started reading Manuscript B which is almost 2 3 of the way through the book Manuscript C and the Epilogue were the sections that really moved me and brought home the true scope of her devotion and inner strength I should probably have cut her slack in that she was only 25 years old when she died I can t imagine a 25 year old these days with the same level of piety and grace under the extreme pain and discomfort that accompanied her final months.
By all means read this book, but be prepared to see what at first blush seems to be a self absorbed brat turn i Book, First Published In In A Highly Edited Version, Quickly Became A Modern Spiritual Classic, read By Millions And Translated Into Over Fifty Five Languages John Clarke S Acclaimed Translation, First Published In , Is Now Accepted As The Standard Throughout The English Speaking Trailer ☆ L'Histoire d'une Âme PDF by Ü Thérèse de Lisieux World St Theresa of the Child Jesus.
A sweet story I didn t like the book as well as I thought I would, though I think I just can t relate to someone as doted on as Therese was I kept thinking what a wuss she was and then feeling bad that I thought such a thing about someone who became a saint I ll admit that in the end she was not a wuss at all The best thing I got out of the book is that God gives everyone the ability to be a saint in his her own way, and doesn t expect anyone to be a saint in the way that anyone else did Which is a great relief, actually.
A fascinating book written by St Therese herself Not for everyone but a most interesting book.
» L'Histoire d'une Âme ☆ Reason for Reading Our church has been run by the Carmelites for over 100 years Our priests are Carmelites and we have a statutory of St Therese in the building I was much intrigued about her little way and after watching the recent 2004 movie about her life was ready to read her autobiography.
In truth, the book is really not an autobiography but of a snippet of memoirs It is divided into three pieces, the first, being the longest, was commissioned by her Mother Superior who also happened to be her sister This is where Therese tells of her childhood up until she is accepted into Carmel Therese was a sheltered child, raised along with 4 other sisters who also became nuns and devout Catholic parents who kept them from the worldly ways of life but raised them within a deeply loving family atmosphere Therese was ver Until reading this book, all I d ever known of St Th r se was roses I knew that she was associated with flowers, was known as the little flower and was often depicted with a crown or an armful of roses I d heard her great promises to send down blessings like a shower of roses after death From all this, I guess I d drawn up an image of a soft, sweet saint, permanently transported by her love for Christ How wrong I was Her turn of phrase may be a little quaint or cutesie at times although it s hard to know how much of that was the translator I was reading an older translation from the 50s by Ronald Knox but Th r se was a woman of pure iron, always willing and in fact eager for any kind of suffering She was anything but saccharine she was practical, thoughtful and deeply canny She figured out the trick to sainthood, if there can be such a thing to offer every ordinary
Well this book has been such an emotional experience for me I guess I have now come full circle from my early childhood version of God magical nice fatherly fellow who granted wishes and protection from evil to my early adulthood and also completely wrong notion of God angry father who didn t love me, but seemed to reward evildoers to my later notion of their not being a God at all That was the only way I could explain the horrors of the modern world, the evils I learned of on the nightly news that broke my heart and cost me my faith How surprising to learn that this great saint had the same low spots as me, the same doubts She pulled thru and so have I It s a shame that it s mostly just catholics who read of the lives of saints We can learn so much by being open to others experiences I am also pleased to read in this I have always heard of her and didn t know what to make of her I read quotes here and there and didn t catch my attention much Since I have begun reading her autobiography, I have been completely absorbed and taken by every words she writes and I feel like she is sitting in front of me like a bosom friend telling me her story in all purity, in all simplicity, in an extremely natural manner Sometimes you read the Saints and you end up feeling they are way up there but not so with our beloved Th r se who is every bit as human as she can be I read a part of the book and I feel like I really miss her and I want to go back to her to hear her talking some to me Reading just excerpts of her quotes will not do her justice or help you know and meet the real Th r se You HAVE to read the Autobiography first and then you would hear her heartbeat in what she is saying in every word she is writing