Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.95
  • Save: $3.08 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Preparation for Death: Co... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Gift inscription to former owner on half-title page.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Preparation for Death: Considerations on Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell A Popular Abridgment Paperback – Abridged, January 1, 2010

5.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, Abridged
"Please retry"
$13.87
$9.22 $6.23

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$13.87 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Preparation for Death: Considerations on Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell A Popular Abridgment
  • +
  • How to Converse with God
  • +
  • Uniformity with God's Will
Total price: $19.50
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"Death viewed according to the senses terrifies and causes fear; but when viewed with the eyes of faith it consoles and becomes desirable. It appears terrible to sinners, but lovely and precious to the saints."

~St. Alphonsus Liguori

In this popular abridgment of his monumental Preparation for Death, St. Alphonsus teaches the proper attitude toward Death, which is one of readiness; of always having one's "debts cleared." He cautions against letting even one day pass without reflecting on the certainty of death, the shortness of time and the length of eternity. Each chapter is a short consideration on some aspect of death, divided into three points easily understood by people in every state of life. Each point is followed by affections and prayers to help one persevere in his efforts to lead a holy life. St. Alphonsus prefaces each chapter with a quotation from Scripture designed to touch the heart of every reader.

Death is the one journey every man must go through alone. This book demonstrates how only consistent, thoughtful meditation on this reality can set people on a more resolute path to Holiness.

"The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die; . . . but they are in peace." ~Wisd. 3:1

About the Author

St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. He became a recognizable lawyer after going through law school at the age of sixteen, but later decided to leave law in favor of giving his salvation more attention. Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty. The homilies he gave had the special ability of converting those who had fallen away from the faith. He also founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and authored such works as The Glories of Mary, The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, Attaining Salvation, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Preparation for Death Abridged, What Will Hell Be Like?, The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation, and The Way of the Cross.

After being a bishop for over a decade, St. Alphonsus Liguori died on the first of August, 1787. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839, and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871. His feast is celebrated on August 1.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895551748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895551740
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 20 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on February 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the best catholic book ever written on preparing for death. The scholarship in this book is enormous. The book shows us that we are here to prepare our souls for heaven. The author uses the most logical and forceful arguments to show us this is the case. Point by point, he shows us why we are on earth, the vanity of life and the distractions people attend to instead of working to save themselves. The underlying theme of the book is that this world is a place of suffering and preparation for heaven and that is in heaven that we will be perfectly and eternally happy. People in this age may laugh at such ideas. That want everything here on earth. But how, writes the author, can anyone be really happy when there are so many problems and suffering in the world? He has an excellent point. He writes that God makes it easy for us to save our souls and that it would be foolish not to take advantage of prayers,mass and all the other helps God gives us. I couldn't agree more.
Comment 40 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You MUST read this book!

I have read this book about 5 times already. It is short but so thorough that you will not be disappointed if you believe in hell and want to avoid going there when you die.

St. Alphonsus breaks down this treatise into short sections on the pains of hell, the reality of hell, the ways to avoid going there, and most helpful are prayers following each section that help the penitent turn to Mary and Jesus for spiritual weapons to protect us against the pains of hell, which are for ever.

A must read for all Catholics, and all Christians who believe in hell. Please buy this book, keep it on your night stand, and read it often. You will not regret it.
Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
"Nothing is more precious than time; but there is nothing less esteemed and more despised by the men of the world" says St. Alphonsus in this "little book that has cost me a great deal" Published at in 1758 at the age of 62, this work brings home the fact that none of us knows when or where we will die, only that we shall. Will it be a good death, in the Grace of God or a bad one? It is up to you, to always be prepared. We are not promised tomorrow, nor even the next hour. The hours we have wasted will come back to taunt us when our time has come; what we wouldn't pay for an extra month or day or hour. "The days of salvation pass away, and no one reflects that day which has passed can never return" This may sound all very depressing and rather sad but it's really a book of hope and joy: We still have time to repent, to go to Confession, to amend our lives and to make reparation. We still have time to thank Him that we did not die in our past sins. A virtual must-read for every Catholic home.
Comment 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very few times I have read about the death, in a way that makes you realize how fast our days pass, and the possibility of finding ourselves unprepared for it.
St Alphonsus, lovingly, sometimes too strongly, describes the end of our bodies, the need to accept it and how to not be afflicted by it, but rather trust in God's mercy.
I recommend this book with pleasure, to all believers, who want to learn a subject very few talk about.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
If more people spent a few moments each day meditating on the certainty of death and eternity, our world would be a much better place! St. Alphonsus is timeless - his advice and teaching never goes out of style. This book is a must read for anyone serious about their eternal salvation.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Explains most wonderfully just what is important on our journey home. Required reading for all who are sincere re: their salvation.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading this beautiful book on prepration for death in these times we are in right now especially its a must read for all of to be prepared for our death on earth and to enter into our spiritual life in heaven.Highly recommend all to read
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We all know death is coming, but are we ready for it? It is the most important day of our lives, for at the moment of death is determined our place in eternity. I had bought this book in the past for several friends and each one expressed gratitude for the gift and the great insight it provides.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Preparation for Death: Considerations on Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell A Popular Abridgment
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Preparation for Death: Considerations on Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell A Popular Abridgment