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The Autobiography of Thérèse of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul

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"Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them."—Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
One of the greatest spiritual classics ever written, this influential autobiography has been translated into nearly every language, capturing hearts and minds around the world. Simply written in clear, enchanting pro
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 29th 2008 by Dover Publications (first published 1896)
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I can't remember the first time I read this but I think it was in high school. Dear St. Thérèse was my Confirmation saint so I wanted to read her autobiography. I remember being blown away by her simple and yet powerful approach to sanctity. It IS the Gospel -- so gentle, humble, meek and Christian -- and not even difficult in a way except that I kept forgetting to live it!

Then as I got older, I confess I sort of forgot about this book and my patron saint. I even came to think that she was too
Dec 04, 2013 Leslie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers
Recommended to Leslie by: Mother Therea
Well this book has been such an emotional experience for me. I guess I have now come full circle from my early childhood version of God ( magical nice fatherly fellow who granted wishes and protection from evil) to my early adulthood ( and also completely wrong notion of) God ( angry father who didn't love me, but seemed to reward evildoers) to my later notion of their not being a God at all. That was the only way I could explain the horrors of the modern world, the evils I learned of on the nig ...more
Webster Bull
Therese puts so many questions to the ordinary, meat-and-potatoes Catholic, i.e. me. How much do I believe "this stuff"? How much am I willing to give for what I believe about it? Therese believed it all and gave everything. In fact, one of her famous sayings was "I take all." And yet she did nothing heroic and would not even be known if her biological sister and Mother Superior (the same person) had not ordered her to write down the "story of her soul" in the two years before she died of tuberc ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
I have always heard of her and didn't know what to make of her. I read quotes here and there and didn't catch my attention much. Since I have begun reading her autobiography, I have been completely absorbed and taken by every words she writes and I feel like she is sitting in front of me like a bosom friend telling me her story in all purity, in all simplicity, in an extremely natural manner. Sometimes you read the Saints and you end up feeling they are way up there but not so with our beloved T ...more
القديسة تريزا ليسوع الطفل

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus


سأنحي مسألة إختلاف الدين جانبًا، فهذا الكتاب من أفضل كتب السيرة الذاتية التي قرأتها من قبل، أحببته للغاية ومازالت (قدّيستي) تريزا في البال إثر إنتهائي منه خلال الأسبوع الماضي إلى الآن، هنا مقالة مطولة عنها اختصرها صاحب المقال من كتابنا هذا، وهي تغني كثيرًا عن التمهيد لها ..

وقصتها مفعمة بالإيمان والبراءة والبساطة والتأمل والجمال النفسي وكل خصائص النفس الطيبة الوادعة، وكل ذلك جاء في سيرتها في أعلى درجات
A sweet story!

I didn't like the book as well as I thought I would, though. I think I just can't relate to someone as doted on as Therese was. I kept thinking what a wuss she was and then feeling bad that I thought such a thing about someone who became a saint! I'll admit that in the end she was not a wuss at all.

The best thing I got out of the book is that God gives everyone the ability to be a saint in his/her own way, and doesn't expect anyone to be a saint in the way that anyone else did. W
I am torn in my reaction to this book. With all of our knowledge of psychiatric illnesses today, we would probably medicate Therese and send her to therapy due to her hallucinations, visions and, at least from the tone of Manuscript A, her self-absorption. I only became interested in the book and St. Therese when I started reading Manuscript B which is almost 2/3 of the way through the book. Manuscript C and the Epilogue were the sections that really moved me and brought home the true scope of h ...more
Webster Bull
* A must-read for Christians, Catholics in particular, though you might need two readings. At least. *

From my first days as a Catholic convert-in-training in 2007, I heard tell of Therese of Lisieux, the 19th-century French girl who entered a Carmelite convent at 15 and died of TB at 24. The third of three female Doctors of the Church. The greatest modern saint. An inspiration to millions. And so on.

But it was hard to restrain my skepticism when I first read her spiritual autobiography, "The St
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Our church has been run by the Carmelites for over 100 years. Our priests are Carmelites and we have a statutory of St. Therese in the building. I was much intrigued about her "little way' and after watching the recent 2004 movie about her life was ready to read her autobiography.

In truth, the book is really not an autobiography but more of a snippet of memoirs. It is divided into three pieces, the first, being the longest, was commissioned by her Mother Superior who also hap
I have to confess, that this was the most difficult book to read that I have read in a long while. It doesn't usually take me several days to finish a book of only 241 pages, even taking into account that I don't have a great deal of time to read every day.

Overall, it was a worthwhile read. I found her experiences, her outlook, her very nature to be almost completely foreign to me. For a while, I read almost in disbelief, thinking to myself that nobody could possibly be this humble, or rejoice
Apr 23, 2014 Wayne added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ?????
Recommended to Wayne by: my older sister Dianne
I first read this book as a young monk.
And then EVERYTHING about her I could lay my hands on!!!
Later as a Retired Catholic I visited Lisieux and the convent where Therese lived and died.
Revisiting this book after so many years fills me with curiosity and is something I'd like to do before the lights go out.I am interested in my response, now, when I have done some 180 degree turns in some areas of my life.
I hesitate to award any star rating yet - not fair to me or the book.

But I do recall two
As a non-Catholic, I was very interested in this autobiography and writings of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the young Catholic nun who lived in the late 1800's and died at age 24.

The variations of her thoughts were fascinating to me. Things such as "I am most thankful to Our Lord that He let me find only bitterness in earthly friendships." and how she looked forward to her death and being with her Lord and spouse, "That day everything was little except the graces received - except my peace and joy
I thought this was a most helpful book in rediscovering the joy and simplicity of a love-relationship with your higher power. I actually have a little miracle story from this little saint: It was recommended to me on Amazon to read this book and I meant to have read her but never got to it. I ordered it online and it never came, I thought it was a mistake with the processing. A few days later at work I found a copy of this book in my boss' golf cart. He said a sister had left it behind and I cou ...more
Inspiring and thoughtful. My favorite passages:
"Only the day of the first, the only, the eternal Communion in heaven will be without a sunset!" (p. 79)
"Life is your ship and not your dwelling." (p. 92)
"Oh! Beloved Mother, how these beauties of nature spread out in profusion did good to my soul! How they lifted it up toward the One who was pleased to toss such masterpieces onto a land of exile that must last only a day..." (p. 137-8)
"That beautiful day passed, just as the saddest ones do, si
I am not finishing this book. Now that I have switched English classes, I do not plan on reading this again. As you an see, my feelings for this book have not changed. Everyone says how they admire Thérése so much. I just don't get it. She is extremely full of herself, and she is always crying at every little thing. She seems really spoiled, and it drives me crazy. Even when she says that she "did it for Jesus" she is still obsessed with herself. I just don't know what people like about her.

Christian Engler
To have a veritably sacred and loving bond with God is a wonderful and unexplainable sensation, an ecstasy that no degree of hyperbole can befittingly describe, for, it is an experience that is transcendent above all things earthly. When one searches to have a holy unification with the Lord, when they utter, "I love God," they are seized by the ethereal clasp of the Divine. And it is good. Sometimes that celestial grip is so wonderfully strong, what emanates from the soul into the sanctified cup ...more
First things first, I'm not Catholic and I'm a missionary.

As the patron saint of missionaries, St Therese's way of following Jesus is profoundly humbling. A nun who never left her village, entered the convent at 15 and died at the young age of 24, she nevertheless had a burning passion to pray for the lost and missionary priests. But more than that, St Therese believe that she could never accomplish great spiritual or missionary tasks, but that the path of holiness could be taken in everyday, o
Began reading this book a little begrudgingly as St. Therese of Lisieux just never really appealed to me. My opinion was that she was spoiled and had an easy life, so what would she have to offer me?

Well, this is one of my favorite books. The first few chapters I had to drag myself through, after that it was smooth sailing. She had such a practical and 'easy' outlook on life and holiness, very much like St. Josemaria Escriva - that it's through the small, every day events in our lives that we ca
I take personal retreats regularly at a center named after Saint Therese. So it seemed only right that at some point I should read her autobiography.

It is personal narrative with a single thread throughout: Therese's intense love for Jesus that was a consequence of her great confidence that she was greatly loved by Jesus. It is this love, even more than the fact that two of her sisters had preceded her in entering the monastery, that moved her from an early age to long to be "wed" to Christ.

Rebecca Haughey
This is one of my favorite devotional reads. Ever. I may be a bit biased because she's my Confirmation saint, but I love St. Therese. This book completely changed my views about the importance of a prayerful life. Her simple way of showing love to God is inspiring and humbling. A beautiful reminder of the potential for sainthood in all of us. I need to pick it up and reread it soon. Recommend to both Catholics and non-Catholics looking for a spiritual-type book.
Sep 17, 2013 Mattye rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mattye by: Jonathan
Shelves: finished-reading
A most profound and amazing read! I am forever transformed by this humbling experience. It is no wonder that she is a Doctor of the Church.
I think I would have found the author completely intolerable in real life.
Aatira Benn John
‘The Story of a Soul’

I do not know if I would be able to convey all the essential details of a book .
Before I venture into writing the book review, a few words about the author would serve as a pre-requisite to reading the book wholly and thus reaping its benefits. St.Theresa popularly called as
Little Flower was a French Carmelite Nun, born on January 2nd 1873 to saintly parents. She is
considered as one of the doctors of the church. How would the autobiography of a cloistered nun be
of use to a l
Although the writing style was a bit hard to follow, reading the story Saint Therese of Lisieux has profoundly changed my life. Coming to an understanding of her "little way" through her eyes and reading about her devotion to Christ and of her self sacrifice, her humility, and her total love of God has been monumental to me and my salvation.

This summer I was working at a day camp held at a Catholic school named after St. Therese. During this time I was struggling with my faith. There was a book
This amazing book, more than any other, helped me renew my faith. In this book, the future St. Therese recounts her life as a young child and, later on, as a nun and all the simple sacrifices she made for love of the Lord. In one vignette, she describes how she used to hate washing dishes at the convent, but came to love being splashed by another sister who would help her wash the dishes. Why? Because she would offer up these little sufferings for her prayer intentions. This way of praying becam ...more
Santiago Vieto Rodríguez
A saint admirable in its smallness and greatness of soul. An essential book on the life of any Catholic.
Carlos Torres
It's impossible to read this and not have an emotional reaction to what you're reading. What an amazing woman! She is the perfect example that being great really means being little. Simplicity in the way she approached life and the size of her heart is what makes Little Therese stand out. Don't just read this; let it transform your life!
This short autobiography of a simple saint, St. Therese of Lisieux, gives hope to us all. She has shown us that we don't have to accomplish great things to be loved by God. She is the saint of "little things". Millions of copies of this book have been printed and spread across the world. It has been translated into more than 50 languages.
Is it sacrileges for me to say that I really did not like this book at all? I really didn't get anything out of it. I don't even know what to say in this review about it, except that I don't recommend reading it. I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1 so I don't upset the spirit of Therese of Lisieux.
I'm not Catholic and so my perspective of St. Therese is as an outsider. So I found some things repetitive and tiresome. However, for someone so young to let go of herself and find ways to love others was admirable. But she went even farther by seeking out those who were unpleasant and annoying to love and serve. I believe God heard and answered her prayers. She was blessed because of her self discipline and outward focus. I admire her for the effort she made every day to be like Jesus. I marvel ...more
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Thérèse de Lisieux (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), or Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin, was a French Carmelite nun. She is also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus". She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church May 17, 1925.

She felt an early call to religious life, and overcoming various obstacles, in 1888 at the early age of 15, beca
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“I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors'defects--not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.” 33 likes
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