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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (August 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832508
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel
This great spiritual classic has influenced Catholic and Eastern Orthodox spirituality for four hundred years. Its republication is part of the new surge of interest in reforming Catholic life and practice.

--Personal Endorsements

About the Author

Lorenzo Scupoli (1530-1610) was born in southeastern Italy. He entered a religious order in 1569 and was ordained a priest soon thereafter. He was accused of breaking the religious rule in 1585 and consequently was arrested and deprived of his permission to administer the sacraments. He published the first edition of The Spiritual Combat in 1589. Scupoli was finally exculpated of the accusation against him shortly before his death.

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Gregory Bellarmine is the author of the bestselling "Monthly Roman Breviary" and the critically-acclaimed retelling of the St. Nick story, "The Blood That Cries in the Ground," part of 'the Father Dante Journals.' Superior General (emeritus) of the SSJC, he considers himself a non-denominational, Didache Christian and lives a happy though sometimes sleepless life in the UK with his wife, two children and rather cheeky Parson Russell Terrier.

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I would particularly recommend the book to anyone struggling for perfection, and with scrupulosity.
FrDylan F James
Like most spiritual classics, this book is best read slowly and in small portions at a time and then repeatedly over a substantial period of time.
Donner C. S. Tan
This book is a gem for those who are walking the path of spirituality and becoming aware of the need to let God lead them in their life.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By FrDylan F James on August 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Along with The Inmitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, and Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis De Sales, this book ranks as one of the all time classics of Catholic spirituality (and De Sales preferred this book to the Imitation of Christ because of the practical detail to be found in the Spiritual Combat).
I first read this book when I was starting seminary and found it instantly readable and inspiring. Like the Imitation of Christ it consists of many short concise chapters that merit being read and pondered. I would particularly recommend the book to anyone struggling for perfection, and with scrupulosity. The opening 6 chapters give great insights into the whole nature of what Christian perfection means, and how our frequent lapses into sin should not discourage us, but should rather be taken as opportunities for us to grow in our confidence in God and our distrust of ourselves. This is a book to be re-read often through life.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By OpusRay on April 19, 2006
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This book is an extremely valuable resource in growing in the spiritual life. Everyone has their own obstacles that prevent them from growing closer to God. Dom Scupoli aids the reader in a step-by-step fashion on how to destroy those obstacles and temptations that come in life. He has us better know ourselves, while keeping the focus on God, that we may fight the good fight. Written in an easy-to-read format, anyone can win their spiritual battles with the help of this book. St. Francis de Sales read this book, and even carried it in his pocket for 18 years! A definite recommend!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2001
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One of the all-time greatest and best-known classics on the strategy for achieving spiritual perfection and salvation. First published in 1589, it was the favorite book of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church and master of the spiritual life. He carried a copy in his pocket for 18 years, read from it every day and recommended it to everyone under his direction. Based on the maxim that in the spiritual life one must either "fight or die," it shows how to combat one's passions and vices in order to arrive at victory. Explains how to acquire virtue and how to overcome impurity and sloth. Inspires and instructs today just as it has for 400 years. 240pp. PB. Imprimatur.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cris Hernandez (crish@dcn.att.com) on June 17, 1998
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Very readible with many insights and practical "how to's" for a Christian's pursuit of spiritual growth. Being 500 years old, it also provides an historical background for more contemporary works, the absence of modern psychological jargon is refreshing. This version is theologically grounded in the Latin church and is the most literal translation. The Orthodox version from St. Vladimir's Press probably more suited to Protestant tastes, is loosly translated for content and embellished for a different school of thought, but tends to lose clarity in comparison. I suggest reading both versions concurrently. For Evangelicals, there are points for contention regardless, though neither invalidate the work's relavance for all Christians who strive after moral purity and virtue.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Z. A. McDonald on July 15, 2005
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We are living in a morally corrupt world right now. Our country is moving deeper and deeper into an endless pit of self-destruction. I believed and fell deep into this pit myself. This book gave me the courage and strength to pull myself out of the pit.

Scupoli points out that we are truly in a life or death struggle. Our eternal souls depend on the victory or defeat we face in this life.

Read this book, highlight it, and keep it close by for use in the future.

With faith in God, and in His Church, you will have victory!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Pichlik on February 23, 2009
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It should be sufficient to say that St. Francis De Sales carried this work with him for 18 years. With that said I will only add that I found the insights in this book to be tremendously helpful in my daily battles/struggles with temptation and sin. There are great treasures of advice and guidance in this book that I think anyone, (Catholic or not), who is trying to walk the Christian path will find helpful.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Donner C. S. Tan on August 2, 2009
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Like most spiritual classics, this book is best read slowly and in small portions at a time and then repeatedly over a substantial period of time. I tried reading it at first in one sitting and nearly got bowled over with spiritual indigestion! It is aptly described as a manual which methodically lays out strategic steps and guidelines for battling temptations and casting out one's inner demons. There are three main ideas:

1. Distrust yourself
2. Trust God
3. Various methods of overcoming temptations and winning spiritual battles.

This book confronts the deceitfulness of our fallen human nature and the endless justifications we are capable of generating to cover up our faults. Like a powerful microscope, it searches out our hidden faults and calls us to cultivate humility and trust God to change us. He organizes his materials under several spiritual exercises such as prayer, celebrating the Eucharist, governing our hearts, persevering through trials, yielding to God and cultivating inner peace.

Some counsels are so radical I think they are suited for 'spiritual commandos'. I nibble at the hem of this book's wisdom and hope to master the basics. The effects have been immensely humbling. It is no wonder that St Francis de Sales kept it with him for so many years. It is the sort of book that is so deep in wisdom and practical in scope one needs a lifetime to ruminate over it and let it turn us right side up.
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