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Autobiography of Madame Guyon
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About the Author
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte was born near Paris in 1648. She was a sickly child who married a wealthy neighbor (22 years her senior) when she was 16 years of age. At 28 she was a widow with three small children. At age 47 she was imprisoned because her writings about God and prayer ran contrary to the established church of the time. She lost her freedom for 7 years during which time she continued to write about the God she loved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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When my heart was moved deeply by reading Michael Molinos and Fenelon and I discovered that Jeanne Guyon taught Felelon this deep inner spiritual way of faith, curiosity led me to read her autobiography.
While the 17th century method and language in writing is not an old slipper read, and I still have some questions about the causes of some of her life transitions and many moves, I was powerfully impacted by the degree of suffering and personal persecution and ill treatment she suffered by even her own family from her early marriage at the age of sixteen. This book allows you to follow her spiritual development and it's possible to mirror some of your own painful growth and understand more the "why" behind life's swamp experiences in building you up into the image of Christ. Throughout she gives insights into the secrets of this "deeper life" that are powerful and deep. Her ten years in prison just for living and teaching the deep reality of abiding in Christ and being conformed into His image, and her humble joyous acceptance of this severe experience makes one question the level of the faith you profess. If you want to study Guyon's very deep spiritual lessons, her autobiography is an important window of understanding of this saint's devotion to and love for the Triune God. I highly recommend it, but read it prayerfully, slowly and allow it's message to impact and help change you. It will. I suggest reading next "Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ - One of the greatest Christian writings of all time" by Guyon
Good companion books are Brother Lawrence and The Vision by Rick Joyner. Keep it simple and Believe AND Do.