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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895552450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895552457
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Latin (translation)

About the Author

Father Jeremias Drexelius, S.J., was born in 1581 at Augsburg, Germany. Initially brought up as a Lutheran, he converted to the Catholic faith in his youth and later became a Jesuit. He subsequently taught rhetoric at Dillingen, and served as a court preacher to Maximilian I for over two decades. It has been said that Father Drexelius' voice was strong enough to be heard in every corner of the Church, and his homilies were such as an hour felt as only a few minutes. In 1621 he retired from preaching, and authored twenty works that have been widely read and translated. Some of his books include Heliotropium, The School of Patience, The Christian Zodiac, and Daniel, Prophetarum Princeps. He died on the nineteenth of April, 1638.

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Much detail and insight into this grand subject is carefully packed together with many examples, stories, and quotes well-suited to the author's point.
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Wonderful book about how to follow God's Divine Will for our lives.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. King on June 14, 2005
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If you want an instight into what type of attitude and spirit drove Paul, read this book then read his epistles again. It is the very best book I have ever read. Jeremias Drexelius has shown us the secret of happiness on earth. This work is exemplified by Phillipians 4:11 "I have learned to be content no matter what the circumstances." If you are truly willing to surrender all to Christ, this book will transform your Christian walk. I read a little from this book each day and when I reach the end I start over again. God never ceases to inspire and bless me each day as I read. Also, Jeremias Drexelius was classically educated and quotes so many people. If you want to really extract the full importance of what he says, look up all the people he quotes and classical examples he gives to delve even deeper into this classic. This is not a casual read but for those looking for the secret of happiness on earth. They should retitle this book to "How to be a true Christian Saint"
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
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Another great classic back in print! Originally published in 1630, this comprehensive work is still the finest book ever written on the Divine Will of God. Answers many questions. Why does God permit both good and evil? Why do we have rich and poor? Why does God punish some and reward others? How do we recognize God's Will? Do sickness and death come from the Divine Will? How is man's will conformed to the Divine Will? What is the sign of a will conformed to God's? Explains hindrances of refusal to submit to the Divine Will and what destruction this can cause man. What part do storms, floods, plagues, earthquakes, droughts, pests, famines, wars etc. play in the Divine Will? Includes how our knowledge of Divine Providence powerfully assists us to trust God under conditions of adversity and the rewards of trusting God. An enlightening book that gives us the treasured teachings of the Fathers, Doctors and Saints of the Church on conformity to the Divine Will. Brings peace to souls of good will. Great reading!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By another on February 17, 2011
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This is a very good [classic] on the Will of God and the journey to union with it, which is here proven the ultimate end of all saints, that which produces perfect peace and the highest standing before God.

This book is extremely useful to the hungry seeker of God, and is full of unction, that which will fuel your desire for this very thing (union with the Will of God) as you read on. It brings much clarity to the verse "All things work together for the good of those who love Him," and many times brought me to wonder and great joy at the Perfection of God in His Sovereignty, Power, and Goodness.

It is split up into 5 books:

Book I: Concerning the Recognition of the Divine Will
Book II: Concerning the Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine
Book III: Concerning the Benefits Arising from the Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine
Book IV: Concerning the Hindrances to Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine
Book V: Concerning the Aids in Conforming the Human Will to the Divine

The writer, a 17th century Jesuit, writes in an elegance of his own, instructing purposefully and without compromise. Much detail and insight into this grand subject is carefully packed together with many examples, stories, and quotes well-suited to the author's point. I heartily reccommend for those in the pursuit of in-depth knowledge of the importance of the Will of God - relevant to all.

Also, for whom it may interest, I recently picked up a copy of "Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret of Peace and Happiness," by Father Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, and found it to be a very solid, clear and trustworthy guide to the exact same subject Heliotropium deals with, except MUCH MORE CONDENSED.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sexy Bachelor on February 2, 2013
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The Bible seldom explains the meaning of human suffering that can answer the most hardened critics of today's post-modern world. The Book of Job says little to nothing on the subject. The reflections of St. Paul's letters give only a small glimpse on the nature of suffering, not at all convincing.

This Catholic book "Heliotropium" takes the meaning of suffering to even greater depth and heights unread in most other books and will make you reflect on the meaning of life and its complex issues.

One of the best books I've read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Princess of the King on November 12, 2011
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This book is a gem and will be read again and again and shared with others. Once you read and put attitudes into practice, peace is bound to follow. This book is a lost treasure. I am glad I found it.
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