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The Complete Introduction to the Devout Life


Publisher writes

Praised by a wide-ranging group of enthusiasts, from the novelist Anne Rice to the Catholic theologian Dr. Michael Downey, Fr. John-Julian's powerful translations and significant annotations of the classics are inspiring and challenging.

Author Information

St. Francis De Sales, (translated by Father John-Julian, O.J.N.)

Father John-Julian, OJN is the founder of the Episcopal contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich. Paraclete has published his previous books The Revelations of Divine Love, The Complete Julian of Norwich, and The Complete Imitation of Christ.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Alison Shell: St Francis de Sales was one of the most empathetic and pastorally sensitive writers ever; he doesn’t suffer from the clericalism that infects the writers of so many spiritual ‘classics’ and makes lay people feel guilty and inferior for having other things on their mind than God.

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