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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832287
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, Spiritual Passages
A Theresian classic that profoundly and beautifully reveals God s deep personal love for each of us and correspondingly awakens in us a burning love for Him. If you want to grow in love of God, this book is a must.

Fr. George W. Rutler, author, A Crisis of Saints
With felicity and wisdom, this retreat introduces St. Thérèse free of sentimentalism and obscurantism.

Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Whoever reads this book attentively and prayerfully will grow in the love of God and even desire to be a saint.

Fr. Kilian Healy, O.Carm., Awakening Your Soul to the Presence of God
Devotees of St. Thérèse will be delighted with this book, but there is something in it for all who seek holiness, the perfection of love.

Thomas Howard, Splendor in the Ordinary
Fr. d Elbée s retreat, based on St. Thérèse s little way, draws us into the immensity of that little way. Sophia Institute Press has done us all a great service in bringing this work back into print.

Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln
May this personal retreat based on the teachings of the little nun of Lisieux be for those who use it an occasion of grace not only to enlighten their minds, but to elevate their souls to approach the sublime destiny that the little way shows to all.

--Personal Endorsements

About the Author

Fr. Jean C. J. d'Elbée was a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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It will loosen the most stubborn heart and allow the soul to understand who God really is and to be able to have radical confidence in His unconditional love.
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A great book, reading it for the second time around and it's like I'm reading it for the first time.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Glutton for books on April 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
"I Believe in Love" is a wonderful introduction to the wisdom of Therese of Lisieux. Reading it made me more fully appreciate her autobiography "Story of a Soul." Each chapter of the book comprises different topics that she addressed in her writings, and serves well as a meditation. I think the author states that it is his intent to provide the reader with a personal retreat based on the teachings of Therese. I read one chapter a night before I went to bed.

Therese of Lisieux's approach to spirituality is accessible to any one in any walk of life. She describes souls as similar to different types of flowers. Some are roses, others lilies, and some like orchids, for example. And all can be equally pleasing to God in their own way, when seeking his role for them. People have different talents and different struggles, but these characteristics do not mean that any type is more valued than the other.

The chapters are divided according to topics that address needs of everyone; regardless of what type of flower they are. The topics are drawn from examples of Therese's life and writings, but the author also includes many biblical quotes and some writings of other Christians, such as Teresa of Avila, that support the advice given.

It is fitting that the first chapter describes love, as Therese sated that is the Church is one body, then she want to be its heart, that loves every one, because God is love. The chapter instructs how to demonstrate love to God and others through all actions of our lives, regardless of our station or ability. The chapter "Fraternal Charity" speaks in greater details about relations with others and how to fulfill our duties towards them

The chapter "Unshakeable Confidence" outlines advice for people who experience spiritual dryness.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2001
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I BELIEVE IN LOVE is an outstanding book which explores the personal love that Christ has for each individual. It is an answer to the common cry of our modern world, a cry for love. This book delves into the true meaning of love and applies it to how we can love Christ, and how Christ loves us. When read with an open heart, I BELIEVE IN LOVE can change your life.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2003
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This book of retreats is filled with amazing insights into the spiritual life - a life of utter confidence in Christ and complete trust in His Love and Mercy. It also gives practical ways to live His Love and spread it among those with whom we come in contact. Draws on teachings of St. Therese, but it's obvious the author lives what he has learned from her as well.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Judith Smith on October 10, 2005
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Fr. Elbee invites us to look at our Lord as St. Therese looked at him - through the eyes of child who is loved immensely. Fr. gives practical advice on how to love our Lord boldly and how to have a humble and unshakeable confidence in Him who loved us first. Fr.makes the distinction between fleeting feelings and true love which he explains is a disposition of the soul, the mind and the heart. Fr. is a passionate Frenchman; Therese was a passionate Frenchwoman and so a holy passion for the Lord marks every page of this book. It's easy to read and solidly based on scripture which Fr.quotes frequently. This is a book to awaken or rekindle confidence in Jesus.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Moreno III on February 4, 2009
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This book was recommended to me by Father Steve Mattson. It has changed my view 100% in regards to how I view God's relationship with me. I was living my life trying to pay back God for all he's done for me. This book really opened my eye's as to how much I'm really truly loved by our Heavenly Father. I'm truly blessed to have been told about this book. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nestorian on October 23, 2006
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One of the previous Amazon reviewers of this book wrote the following (the review in question is to be found in the series of reviews for the other edition of the book, by St. Bede's Publications from 1983):

"And I may add that for the anxious or depressed- this book is a sure remedy."

That is absolutely correct, for the following reason: Anxiety and depression are actually maladies of the heart with SPIRITUAL origins, not "diseases" of the emotions, or "chemical imbalances," as secular psychology and psychiatry would falsely have one believe. These impoverished worldly outlooks cannot diagnose the origins of these maladies accurately, nor can they offer a cure. Quite the contrary, they pose serious obstacles to realizing the only true cure, which consists in the complete abandonment of oneself to the love of Christ, as revealed on the Cross.

Since the cause of these maladies is ultimately spiritual in nature, so too must be the cure, and I BELIEVE IN LOVE is a very good articulation of what this cure involves. The cure essentially consists in the unreserved abandonment of oneself, and of all one's earthly hopes, to God. It is important here to be clear as to what this means: It is NOT the case that one is called to suppress these eartly hopes unnaturally, or to live under the false pretense that these eartly hopes do not really exist. Rather, the book insists that one make them all conditional - EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM, including both the deepest longings of the heart for earthly goods, as well as the most basic physical needs of earthly life. One must be fully willing to make the realization of ALL of them entirey subject to the Loving Providence of God.
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