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True Devotion to Mary

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In this beautiful and sublimely inspiring book, explains the wonderful spiritual effects which brings about in a person's life, leaving the reader with no doubt that this devotion provides the key both to sanctity and salvation.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Tan Books (first published 1700)
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Glad to have finally listened to this. It is superior to de Monfort’s other work, The Secret Of The Rosary, although that was also excellent. Of particular value was the strict definition of ‘true devotion’ as opposed to either of two possible excesses. I also liked the many images of Mary, especially as the ‘Mold of God’ into which the Father poured the Holy Spirit to form Christ, as can be the case for any Christian. When seen as ‘a door’, ‘a path’, ‘the neck’ – which supports Christ, the Head ...more
May 12, 2013 Jean rated it it was amazing
I have read this book numerous times. I took my consecration in 1995. Life has not been the same.
Oct 28, 2010 Luke added it
Excellent. A great book for helping to understand and to increase one's devotion to Mary.
Feb 21, 2014 Edward rated it it was amazing
If you live this devotion sincerely, you will give more glory
to Jesus in a month than in many years of a more demanding
devotion. Here are my reasons for saying this:
1) Since you do everything through the Blessed Virgin as
required by this devotion, you naturally lay aside your own
intentions no matter how good they appear to you.
2) In this devotion we set no store on our own thoughts
and actions but are content to rely on Mary's dispositions when
approaching and even speaking to Jesus.
3) Our Blessed
Feb 21, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Preparation for Total Consecration sounds like an excellent idea for Lent.
Nov 08, 2012 Stacey rated it it was amazing
This is my 4th time reading this and re consecrating my heart and soul to Mary , at my church we are even having a ceremony with all of us doing this . I can't say enough about these beautiful prayers and praying the rosary and how much healing and peace they give to me ... The Holy Spirit works his way deep into the recesses of our minds and grants us deep inner clarity and healing . I can't say enough how awesome this is !
Nov 23, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
A very information-ally heavy book. It expounds on Mary's importance and role within the church. It also explains the method of following the devotion. The method isn't the most simple or easy devotion to follow, but its clear to see its merit. Deep spirituality and being open to a world view that is different than that which is popular is required. Highly recommended and I will read it again.
Brian Slezak
Aug 14, 2008 Brian Slezak rated it it was amazing
J.T. Therrien
There's a reason why it took me nearly eight months to read this 300 page book, and it isn't just because I'm a slow reader.

This True Devotion is basically two books: The first part is de Monfort's very French, very flowery 17th century devotional prose about Mary. In it he defends his new devotion to our Blessed Mother. I found it impossible to read. Yes, I could have skimmed it, but one hates to skim a devotional work. There were a couple of interesting parts, and they occurred near the end of
Jonas Perez
Apr 28, 2016 Jonas Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an extremely beneficial for those interested in mariology. Yet, I have to say that it makes many conclusory statements that lack both premises and origin; that is, he wrote most of this under the assumption that the reader (or listener, because they're sermons) have a basic knowledge of Mariology. For those knowledgable in basic mariology, this book is a message to take you deeper. For those who don't, St. Bernard and St. Bonaventure would help a ton--only because he quotes them con ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Jessen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Succinct and in-depth explanation of total consecration to Jesus trough Mary. Everyone who wants to consecrate themselves to our Lady, or already has and wants to go deeper into their consecration should read this book. It helped me understand the intensity which I struggled with so much in my initial consecration. This is definitely one to re-read for me.
Update- This book has impacted my life more than I could have known. It seems nearly inexhaustible in its wisdom.
Mar 31, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for Lent 2012, starting on Ash Wednesday, and ending by making the Act of Total Consecration on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. This is by any standard a classic of Catholic spirituality, and is perhaps one of the best places to turn if you want to understand how the intense Catholic devotion to Jesus's Blessed Mother is at its heart a devotion to the Son.
George M.
Jul 16, 2012 George M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you are going to participate in this devotion, I highly recommend, The Man Called Montfort, by E. C. Bolger, S. M. M. , to be used as a companion study and meditation during the opening twelve days of St. Louis' True Devotion. It is a most practical guide and a beautiful insight into how Father de Montfort lived this devotion before ever committing it to writing.
Dec 27, 2009 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saint Louis de Montfort's tremendous treatise on devotion to Mary, which he describes as the simple and perfect way to the heart of Jesus. My only complaint about this particular edition is that it does not contain all the preparatory prayers for the consecration he promotes. (A quick look on Amazon will point you to editions which include them.)
Apr 28, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. I commented to my husband within a few pages that I thought st. Louis de montefort might become a doctor of the church and I read later on that he is in the running. This is very clearly written with compeling arguments.
Aug 06, 2016 Vincent rated it it was amazing
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I should've read this book a long time ago. It certainly lived up to its reputation as THE book on Mary by THE greatest Marian saint. The book is very thorough and has plenty of insights on the role of Mary, and how we can practice devotions to her. De Montfort says that God purposefully hid Mary from the world for a long long time time, largely because He didn't want people to confuse her as a deity. Humility is one of Mary's defining qualities, although it is so often overlooked. After reading ...more
Robert Woodman
Dec 29, 2012 Robert Woodman rated it it was ok
Good Catholic theology, and the author is clearly devoted to the cult of the Virgin Mary. The writing style is archaic and tedious to the modern reader.
Jan 20, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Deep, flowery language that explains how to develop a love for the Blessed Virgin Mary's role in God's plan for us. Hyperdulia at its highest form.
Tom Patrowsky
Feb 19, 2014 Tom Patrowsky rated it really liked it
I start the preparation tomorrow. I'll know more about how I feel about this book on March 25th I think.
Rachel Noffke
This book really deepened my understanding of the role Mary plays in the life of a Catholic.
Rebecca Hicks
Dec 06, 2013 Rebecca Hicks rated it it was amazing
Every Catholic should read this book. Very, very good.
Maria Rincon
A must read if your catholic and religious!
Keith Walker
Sep 18, 2007 Keith Walker is currently reading it
Recommends it for: Anyone truly wanting to know truth, and call to God's will
Half way finished, great read!
Apr 19, 2015 Walter rated it it was amazing
"True Devotion to Mary" is actually one of the best written books about devotion to the Blessed Mother that was ever written. In my experience, most books about Mary are flowery, poetic works that are not very informative, almost like romantic poetry. But this book is eminently practical. De Montfort gives the readers excellent reasons why they should have a devotion to Mary. Why not just worship Jesus? Why have this devotion to a creature? De Montfort reminds us that Mary was Jesus' first Disci ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing
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Love this book! Definitely a great one to read to prepare for my consecration. Life changing for sure!
Tim Pham
Feb 09, 2011 Tim Pham rated it it was amazing
I read this book through the recommendation of JPII in his apostolic letter Rosarium Reginis Mariae. It's a treasures that not many people can find except you have to look for it. This book has changed my life, my children and the people i have encountered.
Joseph Olson
Mar 03, 2009 Joseph Olson rated it really liked it
I feel like I've been currently reading this for 1 year now... I need to buck up and put myself into a routine with this book. It's dumb because I love it so much, don't know why i can't get through it.
Mar 11, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a big step, and one that shouldn't be taken lightly, but this is a must-read for anyone who is contemplating or ready to completely consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary.
Marilyn Oakes
Dec 31, 2012 Marilyn Oakes rated it it was amazing
This book is small and astoundingly fully of spiritual insight. Cannot read it fast: it requires reading a little and thinking a little.
Jesse De costa
May 03, 2014 Jesse De costa rated it it was amazing
Mandatory reading for anyone seeking the quickest and surest way to Our Lord, through his Immaculate Mother.
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Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI.

As well as preaching, Montfort found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. Montfort is known for his particular
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“God the Father has communicated to Mary His fruitfulness, as far as a mere creature was capable of it, in order that He might give her the power to produce His Son, and all the members of His mystical body.” 2 likes
“If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ, and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ. If devotion to Our Lady removed us from Jesus Christ, we should have to reject it as an illusion of the devil; but so far from this being the case, devotion to Our Lady is, on the contrary, necessary for us—as I have already shown, and will show still further hereafter—as a means of finding Jesus Christ perfectly, of loving Him tenderly, of serving Him faithfully.” 2 likes
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