In this superb new translation of the celebrated spiritual classic of wisdom, hope, and inspiration, Jean-Pierre de Caussade offers guidance for daily living in communion with God. This exemplary devotional work summons readers to holiness, reveals ways to conquer self-love and pride, and points the way for experiencing each moment as a sacrament.
The author shows how God speaks to us through every moment of every day. He encourages a joyous, affirming, selfless abandonment to God. By entering into such active contemplation and facing ourselves honestly and openly, the author assures us, we can achieve the comfort and fulfillment of a life suffused with grace.
These timeless spiritual reflections probe the mystery of faith, illuminate the nature of authentic contemplation, and help us recognize and carry out God's purpose in our own lives. They stand as powerful testimony to de Caussade's conviction "that there is nothing easier, more ordinary, more available to all than saintliness."
Jean-Pierre de Caussade was born in Toulouse, France, and was ordained a member of the Society of Jesus in 1708. In 1731, he was appointed spiritual director of the Jesuit retreat house in Nancy, where he undertook the spiritual direction of the Nuns of the Visitation. It is the notes of his addresses to the nuns that form this book.
Kitty Muggeridge, the wife of author and journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, is well-known as a translator.
This is one of those all-time spiritual classics of Christian tradition! It would make the top ten of any list I would come up for the subjects of Contemplative Christianity or... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amos Smith
I am only writing this review to let others who may wonder about this book know that It is pretty "deep". Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lin R
Born in 1675 in southern France, de Caussade became a Jesuit priest and a doctor of theology. This book is the summary of training he developed in his position as spiritual... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joyce
Best thing is not to have them (expectations) and within short shrift you will abandon them. This compilation guides the worship of the Lord, with tiny steps.Published 15 months ago by crick
I had a hard time comprehending all the ideas in this newer translation. Then I downloaded the free version from the 1700's called Abandonment to Divine Providence and have had... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alyssa Tallentire
Not for everyone but good to see that the search for a closer union with God goes on generation after generation and there is nothing new under the sun.Published 19 months ago by Luke Beckman
This book has been re-titled from its original of "Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence," I assume to take advantage of the growing interest in mindfulness and other... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rik Jespersen
This is a very concise book on the Present Moment. A lot to digest and it is refreshing as well.Published 20 months ago by Grace and Charity
As is often the case with older writings, it is a discipline to slow oneself down enough to absorb de Caussade's message. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Patricia Collins