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Centuries ago, Francis de Sales?bishop of Geneva during the lifetime of many first generation Protestant Calvinists?wrote about the importance of having a spiritual director. Yet he later told his biographer such a person ?would be difficult to find,? suggesting that in these circumstances, ?We can look for guidance among the books of authors who are no longer living. Devotional books are our best Directors.?

Today, de Sales serves as such a spiritual director to countless modern day believers, and his Introduction to the Devout Life is recognized as one of the truly great works of devotional literature. Originally written as a series of letters of religious guidance, this enduring book is filled with thoughtful spiritual illustrations and radiates with a warm humanity that touches people of all religious backgrounds.

A classic masterpiece of spiritual writing, de Sales? book is acknowledged to be among the top handful of guides to Christian living. No matter where readers are in their spiritual development?whether they are beginners or skilled theologians?this modern interpretation, an ?honest paraphrase? of de Sales? work, will gently guide them down the clearest path imaginable into a deeper and more authentic religious life.

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Bernard Bangley is a recently retired Presbyterian minister who has written for many years. His previous books include Growing in His Image, Spiritual Treasure, Near to the Heart of God, and Talks on the Song of Songs. Educated at Hampden-Sydney College and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, he has held pastorates from the Appalachian Mountains to Sarasota, Florida. He now lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shaw Books; 1 edition (September 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087788000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877880004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 5thSealCatholic on April 25, 2010
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Bernard Bangley is a Presbyterian and executes his protestant sensibilities when he is editing/translating a book. He is a very good translator/editor if you are a protestant and are open to Catholic titles written by Catholic writers/Saints. However, he is not the best choice if you are Catholic.

The fact is that Bernard Bangley is a Presbyterian/protestant is usually not shared in the marketing of his Catholic Title books, but can be sometimes deciphered in the foreward of his books, I thought I'd point this fact out to the largely Catholic readers who would be interested in a title by St Francis DeSales. Furthermore, this specific title's foreward does not specifically indicate that Bangley is a Protestant. So this 'review' serves as notice.

I bought the 'Introduction to the Devout Life by St Francis DeSales'(A Catholic favorite) edited/translated by Bangley and found myself sorry for the purchase because I was not aware of his protestant sensibilities, I just assumed Catholic Title Book edited by a Catholic...WRONG! Typically when Bangley translates and edits, he takes out rich poetic or flowery prose and shortens it to more modern sensibilities and the text loses much of its motivating or deep richness. References to the Eucharist while not being entirely taken out are minimized. Similar treatment can be expected when references to priestly confession are present, etc., etc(Abridged). Frequently his versions(abridgement) end up considerably shorter than earlier english language Catholic versions.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lyrical-Linocut on August 19, 2014
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Bernard Bangley does a superb job in bringing de Sales' classic works to life. Often the Christian classics can be difficult to muddle through with their archaic and out-dated language, though there is a minefield of wisdom to be had. That's where Bangley comes in. Not only does he reinterpret the works for a modern audience, but he offers these writings in a language that is accessible and understood. As someone who has tried time after time to get through many of the original (Christian classic) books only to give up by page ten, Bangley comes as a God-send! I'm grateful I, along with others, can benefit from the wisdom and heart of these writers. I look forward to reading more of Bangley's "translations" in the future.
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