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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895551748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895551740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. He became a recognizable lawyer after going through law school at the age of sixteen, but later decided to leave law in favor of giving his salvation more attention. Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty. The homilies he gave had the special ability of converting those who had fallen away from the faith. He also founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and authored such works as The Glories of Mary, The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, Attaining Salvation, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Preparation for Death Abridged, What Will Hell Be Like?, The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation, and The Way of the Cross.

After being a bishop for over a decade, St. Alphonsus Liguori died on the first of August, 1787. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839, and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871. His feast is celebrated on August 1.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the best catholic book ever written on preparing for death. The scholarship in this book is enormous. The book shows us that we are here to prepare our souls for heaven. The author uses the most logical and forceful arguments to show us this is the case. Point by point, he shows us why we are on earth, the vanity of life and the distractions people attend to instead of working to save themselves. The underlying theme of the book is that this world is a place of suffering and preparation for heaven and that is in heaven that we will be perfectly and eternally happy. People in this age may laugh at such ideas. That want everything here on earth. But how, writes the author, can anyone be really happy when there are so many problems and suffering in the world? He has an excellent point. He writes that God makes it easy for us to save our souls and that it would be foolish not to take advantage of prayers,mass and all the other helps God gives us. I couldn't agree more.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Thomann on October 24, 2005
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You MUST read this book!

I have read this book about 5 times already. It is short but so thorough that you will not be disappointed if you believe in hell and want to avoid going there when you die.

St. Alphonsus breaks down this treatise into short sections on the pains of hell, the reality of hell, the ways to avoid going there, and most helpful are prayers following each section that help the penitent turn to Mary and Jesus for spiritual weapons to protect us against the pains of hell, which are for ever.

A must read for all Catholics, and all Christians who believe in hell. Please buy this book, keep it on your night stand, and read it often. You will not regret it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Fronatt on December 18, 2006
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"Nothing is more precious than time; but there is nothing less esteemed and more despised by the men of the world" says St. Alphonsus in this "little book that has cost me a great deal" Published at in 1758 at the age of 62, this work brings home the fact that none of us knows when or where we will die, only that we shall. Will it be a good death, in the Grace of God or a bad one? It is up to you, to always be prepared. We are not promised tomorrow, nor even the next hour. The hours we have wasted will come back to taunt us when our time has come; what we wouldn't pay for an extra month or day or hour. "The days of salvation pass away, and no one reflects that day which has passed can never return" This may sound all very depressing and rather sad but it's really a book of hope and joy: We still have time to repent, to go to Confession, to amend our lives and to make reparation. We still have time to thank Him that we did not die in our past sins. A virtual must-read for every Catholic home.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Baba on June 1, 2009
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St. Alfonsus has compiled the definitive book on the undeniable fact that all of us must one day die and that we will then spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Hell is discussed and its reality and that, if we die with a mortal sin on our soul, we will go to the eternal fires. This is a wake-up call to all moderate and liberal thinking today by Catholics and other denominations. Many excellent sources quoted, all tied together to support the traditional Catholic Truths. His greatest book, along with "The Glories of Mary."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Heckelman on September 23, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this beautiful book on prepration for death in these times we are in right now especially its a must read for all of to be prepared for our death on earth and to enter into our spiritual life in heaven.Highly recommend all to read
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