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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st HarperCollins paperback ed edition (June 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060630965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060630966
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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The premier biography of one of the world's best-loved Catholic saints, as presented by the priest who has devoted his life to telling her story.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
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This book, written by perhaps "the" foremost authority on St. Therese of Lisieux, is a "must read" for anyone interested in the life and spirituality of St. Therese. It provides invaluable information about the life of this Saint and about her relationships with her parents and sisters. In addition, the book provides critical insight into daily life at the Lisieux Carmel during the time of St. Therese. Highly recommended for a fuller understanding of this Doctor of the Church.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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"Story of a Life," by Monseigneur Guy Gaucher, OCD, general editor of the critical edition of St. Therese's writings and auxiliary bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, is a powerful framework for Therese's own "Story of a Soul." She writes, "It is not my life properly so-called that I am going to write; it is my thoughts on the graces God has granted to me." Bishop Gaucher tells, as much as possible, what Therese left untold. His astonishing expertise and understanding of Therese, his passionate attention to chronology, and his attention to detail create a framework for Therese's own writings. The more you love St. Therese, the more you will love this book. Also an excellent guide for persons or groups wanting to work through her life chronologically; one could use this book as a framework for the study of her writings. We are extremely fortunate the book is available in English.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
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I read the autobiography of St. Therese last year. After reading this book, I have a much fuller understanding of her "Little Way." It also helped me to better follow the chronology of her life. The author integrates her words with his own to help us bring together these two wonderful works. Highly recommended for anyone who loves this Saint.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on January 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
. . .of one of the most popular saints in the Church today.

"The Story of a Life" by Guy Gaucher is a well-written, honest, and poignant account of the the life of St. Therese of Lisiuex -- the "Little Flower". In addition to the biographical material, the author includes many photos (St. Therese's sister -- also a nun -- was a photographer) a useful timeline of events in the saints' life; a family tree/family history; and numerous testimonies to the witness of St. Therese.

This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in St. Therese and/or Carmelite spirituality. Read this biography BEFORE you read her own autobiography.

Very highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Jaszczak on May 15, 2006
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This book was my first encounter with St. Therese, and I still think that it is the best account of her life outside of her own writings. As other reviewers have said, it might be best to read this book before _The Story of a Soul_, as it gives a lot of detail about what else was happening in her life, her family and in the world besides what she herself wrote. (It would also be better to read the version of her autobiography based on her original manuscripts than the standard version, which was sanitized to fit the popular piety of the era, with the best intentions, by her sister Pauline.) Gaucher also uses Therese's own words whenever possible and, as is his stated intention, injects very little of his own opinions and interpretation. On the other hand, his admiration and liking for his subject still comes through in the best possible way, bringing Therese, her family and community to life for those of us who live in a very different world. The book is also enriched by several photographs, most of them taken by Therese's sister Celine, who was an avid amateur photographer.
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