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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

St. Francis de Sales (1567 1622), bishop, Doctor of the Church, and patron of writers, was ordained a priest in 1593. He reconverted the inhabitants of Chablais from Calvinism. He was elected bishop of Geneva in 1602. With Jane Frances Frémyot, Baroness de Chantal, St. Francis founded the Visitation of Holy Mary in Annecy in Savoy. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Lyons, France, on December 28, 1622. St. Francis de Sales was canonized in 1665.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918477832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918477835
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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252 of 253 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2002
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I love reading this saint's works because of his practical and insightful writings. He seems to be able to shine a light on psychological motivations, rationalizations and defenses, and to carefully examine them in the rays of truth. Sometimes it feels like he's almost ruthlessly piecing through and blowing all my cover. One of his passages seems to particuarly address the problems of modern men and women:
The enemy often tries to make us attempt and start many projects so that we will be overwhelmed with too many tasks, and therefore, achieve nothing and leave everything unfinished. Simetimes he even suggests the wish to undertake some excellent work that he forsees we will never accomplish. This is to distract us from the prosecution of some less excellent work that we would have easily completed. He does not care how many...beginnings we make, provided nothing is finished...But with Christians, it is not so much the beginning as the end that counts.
He gives a mini-medieval version of a time management class, with Christ at the center. Much of his work is very practical, and makes you look at yourself very carefully. A book that deserves a thoughtful and slow read.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on June 29, 2006
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Although the author doesn't out and out tell you what God's will is for you, he does a good job here in telling you what it's not as well as how to discover it yourself through contemplation and meditation on scripture.

At 147 pages, this is not really a light read so make sure you read this in a quiet place and at a slow pace; otherwise, you may feel a little lost and the ideas at the beginning are linked and take time to develop and once you lose the train of thought, it gets difficult to find it again. But if you take the effort to do so and to re-read it if necessary, you will find this book to be a great encouragement and an affirmation that God does have your well-being at heart and will help you discern His will, which ultimately leads to what brings the greatest joy and satisfaction, if you but learn to listen to His promptings.

St. Francis de Sales gives some very convincing and helpful suggestions here on how to do just that.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By LCP on February 5, 2007
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This book is a wonderful guide for anyone asking, Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?

Although the text is from the 17th century, there is nothing "medieval" about it. The prose is modern and every accessible, and the ideas and advice are more apropos today than ever.

I would not change anything in my life without first meditating on the counsel St. Frances provides here.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Warren on March 18, 2011
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This book is just an excerpt from Chapter 8 and 9 of de Sale's Treatise On the Love of God. I wish they'd put that somewhere in the description so I could have saved my money, I've already got the book this came from. Very Deceptive.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Micah Newman on January 18, 2011
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Let me state right off the bat that St. Frances de Sales is my *guy.* After having read an article about him in "The Word Among Us" magazine that told how his patience and perseverance in Geneva brought thousands of Calvinists back to the Church, I was so impressed that I chose him as my Confirmation saint when I entered the Church almost two years ago. His "An Introduction to the Devout Life" I would give ten stars if I could - I consider it *the* silver-bullet book on how to live devotionally without actually being cloistered. But after reading this through twice, I was still left wondering: okay, so how DO I "find God's will for me?"

The book is very much a continuous and lingering meditation on a single theme, and in that sense can be taken as quite aesthetically pleasing. But the one theme seems to be, not "finding God's will," but "living in complete passivity." The word St. Francis uses is here translated as "complacency," which is I suppose to be taken in a not-negative sense of "peacefulness." But overall what seemed to be going on as an unspoken assumption is that "whatever happens" is God's will, so the key to being in conformity with it is just complete submission to everything that happens. With the book understood as pointing just to that assumption, I found it quite unsatisfying - in fact, isn't the assumption that "every event that happens is specifically God's will" part and parcel of the Calvinism that the "gentleman saint" fought against?

Then immediately after finishing the book for the second time, I chanced to pick Thomas Merton's _No Man Is an Island_ (which I haven't read yet) off the shelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denise Fath on April 22, 2010
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Like pretty much all of St. Francis de Sales' books, Finding God's Will For You is worth the read. His love for and trust in God are infectious, and as usual, he tackles God's will with simple but powerful advice, and lots of stories to match. You can't read this book without finding lots of little take-aways that you can apply immediately to your life.

Since there's no TOC posted (though I intend to post an image of it) here's the breakdown:
1. Recognize the goodness of God's will
2. Keep a steady course in the pursuit of holiness
3. Follow God's will in making decisions
4. Learn to embrace your crosses
5. Do not be discouraged by your failings
6. Purify your love of God
7. Abandon yourself completely to God's will

St. Francis' words are so encouraging because he addresses both the person I am now and the person I want to be. He meets me where I am and tries to bring me to higher and deeper levels in my obedience to God. And before I forget, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a blogger who received this book for free to review.

Bottom line: while I don't think the book is as good as Treatise on the Love of God or Intro to the Devout Life (they're hard to top!) it's still definitely worth reading and highly recommended.
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