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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Pr; First Edition edition (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898708427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898708424
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No one can study the life of this incredible woman be unaffected. This is a powerful book." -- Steve Ray, Author of Crossing the Tiber

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Fr. Bernard Bro, O.P., Dominican, doctor of philosophy, and a professor at the Pontifical Faculties of Saulchoir, is also responsible for the religious broadcasts at France-Culture. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on the life and writings of St. Thérèse.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2004
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A polished and highly sophisticated presentation, totally devoid of the pietistic nonsense and syrupy legends which tend to surround accounts of Therese.
Fr. Bro, an eminent Dominican scholar, analyzes the spiritual development of this complex saint and her unique theology in terms of extremely strong familial influences and devastating illnesses which plagued her from childhood through her agonizing death from tuberculosis at age 24.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Bacon on April 14, 2010
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I have read Bernard Bro's THE LITTLE WAY and now this book. Bernard Bro is exceptional; he takes a reader about St. Therese to real depth, revealing why this young girl is in fact a doctor of the church. I am inclined to think he is, too.
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Fr. Bernard Bro wrote this book to dispel some of the misconceptions about the life and teaching of St. Therese. If you know Therese only from her autobiography, Story of a Soul, you will understand her and her little way much better after reading Bro's book. He quotes from her letters and final conversations and gives us the context for many of her most famous quotes.

The book has a few drawbacks:

1) Bro assumes a certain familiarity with St. Therese's story. If you have never read Story of a Soul, you may be lost at times.

2) The chapters are arranged by subject matter, not necessarily in chronological order. The same periods are covered in different sections from different perspectives. This makes it unnecessarily difficult to understand the order of events.

3) There is no index. Coupled with #2, the lack of an index makes this book difficult to use as a reference on Therese's life and thought.

4) Fr. Bro compares Therese's life and message with prominent men of her day. Few readers outside of France will know who all these men are. Like Therese herself, they are presented without explanation. In some ways these passages seem tangential to the book and do not offer much insight into Therese's teaching.

I have found Bishop Guy Gaucher's Story of a Life to be the best biography of the saint. For a comprehensive study that digs deeper than Bro's book and is easier to follow, try Gorres' The Hidden Face.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crawford on March 7, 2013
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For me, this book served as a wonderful introduction to Therese of Lisieux. Bernard Bro gives a very thoughtful scholarly account of her life and her personal writings, as well as a glimpse into this turbulent period that encompassed Therese's new spiritual devotion (her "little way") alongside tremendous hostilities toward the church that was concurrent with Nietzsche's proclamation that "God is dead". My only criticism is that a few of the sentences were clumsily translated and thus incomprehensible to me (this could also be due to my own stupidity), but this is minimal. It still easily deserves 5 stars.
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The most thoughtful and devout understanding of St. Therese. She emerges from the Carmel of Lisieux and from the inward-looking Catholicism of nineteenth century France as a great saint.
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