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Abandonment to Divine Providence

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  623 ratings  ·  36 reviews
For more than 250 years, this simple classic of inspiration has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted acceptance of God's will that is the sure path to serenity, happiness, and spiritual peace.

"A spiritual classic of the first order... a book for all those who truly seek God." --Dom David Knowles

"Father de Caussade has a wonderful way of encouraging the doubtful
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Image (first published 1861)
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I like this skinny little book. It truly says nothing novel about the human struggle for holiness, but it is the authoritativeness of the author and his succinct summary that makes it worthwhile. Unlike many other spiritual writers, like T of Avila and J of the Cross, there is no 'process' towards holiness for Caussade. It is a simple proposition. 'Holiness', he says 'is measured in how obedient one is to the will of God'. For those who do Yoga or are attracted to eastern spirituality, here is t ...more
A classic of western spiritual reading, this little book was compiled from the letters a French Jesuit priest wrote to the nuns of a convent in Nancy, France in the early 18th Century. Best to read it a bit at a time rather than straight through, since there is quite a bit of repetition due to how it was compiled. The edition I actually read was the Image Books edition published by Doubleday in 1975 (same translation, I think, as the one showing above, by John Beever). Caussade's major point is ...more
Edvard Taylor
This beautiful, extraordinary and timeless book by an anonymous 14th century author is one of the greatest mystical treatises of any time in any religion. It is to be most warmly recommended to all true and sincere students of mysticism. It radiates the warmth of St. Francis de Sales, touches in a uniquely loving and gentle way on the sufferings on the soul immersed in the dark night of the spirit, offers guidance on ways of contemplation and the attainment of true humility, which, as the author ...more
Jan 02, 2015 booklady is currently reading it
Just discovered an audio version with a free download feature available here. Haven't listened to it yet but hope to soon. Also noticed other interesting audio opportunities at the site compliments of the Boston Catholic Journal.

Between this and The Sacrament of the Present Moment, which is modern version of the same book, I prefer this. However, I'm going to re-read both and do a comparison.
Jan 19, 2012 Frank is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book one doesn't read but just meditates on or actually prays the book. It is not one you try to get through and go on to another. I'm not sure how far I'm into the book but it has given a depth of Divine love and relationship with God I have found no where else. This is contemplation to the highest degree. I still have a long ways to go in this book but right now I would have to rate it 5++++ if I had to rate it.
Thanks to a fellow Goodreader (via her tumblr blog that i follow) I'm reading this for Lent. Just uploaded it to my Kindle. Excited to see what God has in mind for me to learn through Caussade's writing!
A deeply gentle, non-violent book of spiritual guidance for Christians who long to become closer to God, but find themselves thwarted by anxiety, inner turbulence, and despair of the world and of themselves, their own wills, plans, and designs - especially for those who have already spent some years on a spiritual path integrating focused contemplative prayer and action. Read very slowly in daily portions of two or three pages suitable for morning meditation, it works quietly on the soul, openin ...more
This 250 year old compilation of Fr Jean-Pierre de Cassade's letters and notes deserves a great deal of respect for its author's depth of devotion to a doctrine predominated by living in an abandonment only to God's will. His writing carries the marks of mystical sainthood. Every sentence and paragraph compels the reader to analyze and reanalyze, to perceive an existence so ruled by God's will that it becomes devoid of even the smallest expression of self will. With complete trust and faith we a ...more
After having read many wonderful reviews, having seen this in many lists of Catholic reading plans, and receiving a free copy of the book from a friend, I decided the time had come to read this great Catholic classic: I was much disappointed.

The style is consistent with the writing of the 18th century and I found this very easy to cope with and, at times, very enjoyable reading. For those interested in a wonderfully translated English from the French - in terms of smooth reading, since I cannot
There are proper seasons for reading special books. This particular book was recommended by a wise loved one dear to me and I am sure it will have more meaning for me as the seasons of my life change with the tide of time. For now, I take with me reinforcement of my faith that in every moment the hand of God is active in my life and that I must surrender to his will to live in Holiness. The image that I have is akin to that of childbirth. To give birth naturally there is nothing one must activel ...more
Ray Schneider
I think this is one of the best books of spiritual guidance that I've every read.
I read it a long time ago and pick it up and reread it periodically.
I've personally be very much strengthened by reading the book. Some Christian
denominations stress that God has a plan for you and fill you with anxiety about
whether or not you are fulfilling God's plan. Fr. De Caussade helps with the
discernment of God's plan is letting God enter your life as a providential
force so that you become more sensitive to
Pam B.
Jul 02, 2011 Pam B. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I think this is my favorite book; it is hard to believe that the words were written by a human hand. I happened upon this book at a store in Chicago, right before I embarked in a whole new direction in life (geographically, career-wise, lifestyle-wise etc.) and it proved to be the most amazing companion for this change. Totally helpful in reminding a person how to be open to what is the best path at any given time, how not to take oneself too seriously but a reminder that certain things are seri ...more
The 1975 edition of this book had this same cover on it. If you double left click the cover(or left click "covers" in the menue above), you will see that the author listed on the cover is Jean-Pierre de Caussade, not John Beevers. Caussade wrote the main content of the book. John Beevers wrote the introduction to the book. Caussade provides great comfort and direction in learning to enter into God's rest as discussed in chapter 4 of Hebrews. He not only understands this rest, but he writes about ...more
Leroy Seat
I found this book fairly interesting and helpful until is started to be a collection of letters which the author had read through the years. For the most part I found the letters to be tedious, repetitious, and of limited value.

Because of the recommendation of a friend, I started to read this book, and because of my principle of finishing what I start I persevered to the end--although I read through the last half of the book rather rapidly.

If one is looking for good devotional literature, my rec
Dec 28, 2014 Erik marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erik by: Mother Angelica
Included in the "Spiritual Reading" section of Fr. John McCloskey's 100-book Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.
This is the most important book on my shelf and has been for many years.
It's a timeless inspiring work.
Mar 23, 2010 Erik marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
Suggested as 1 of 10 spiritual classics by Peter Mirus at Catholic Culture
i've read it a dozen times. it reminds my heart what is real.
As mystic works go that I've read, de Caussade is perhaps the most buried in the cloister. There is nothing particularly ill about SAtDP, save for a bit of sketchy theology, but I think this is far more intended for monks and nuns than regular folk in the 21st looking for spiritual wisdom. Athletic training is great for marathon runners but less useful for accountants; likewise, I think this book is more nourishing for those who live reclusive lives, but holds less for laity than John of the Cro ...more
I got this book from the library on the advice of a friend. It is clearly not meant to be read at once, and I am reading one section a day. Pretty early on I encountered the idea that when we complain, we are redesigning God's world to suit ourselves, and I've never thought that before, but it seems so correct. It is repetitious, and I think in this case that is appropriate, but I'm only halfway through it.

The library copy is due, so I bought myself a copy, but it's a different translation, that
This book is more of a collection of letters that this priest wrote to his friends and nuns that he had worked with. He helps remind the women, through his letters, the peace and serenity that comes about from following GOD. I love this passage from page basically tells us, through beautifully written metaphors, that GOD's plan for us is His plan and only He knows the true meaning of what he does for us.
This book has a great message about abandoning yourself to God's will, however I found it somewhat difficult to read. I also felt like the author repeated a lot of the same points throughout the book, and I wished the book had more practical information on how to apply the principles and ideas to my life. I would still recommend this book to someone interested in this topic.
De Caussade is unrelenting in his hammering home the central point of complete abandonment to God's providential care and love. His perspective is limited by the audience he addresses, and so he does not respond to the complexities involved in applying his view to everyday life in the non-cloistered modern world. But the principal thesis is well worth examining.
Oct 15, 2014 Kate marked it as to-read
Shelves: halfway-through
I am on page 58.
Apr 06, 2009 John is currently reading it
Deep but practical.
Spiritual without being mystical.
Seems to be based on the experience of living a real world life in relationship with Christ, and all the ups and down that entails. He keeps a single eye on faith in Christ through and in all things.
Classic Christian text. A small book and very hard to deliberately read at a snail's pace! Definitely a gem for those seeking to grow in personal spirituality. No easy answers but very encouraging, and a good antidote to all that shallow showy faith stuff.
Liked it when I first read it about two decades ago. I am only now beginning to understand it. I will need to read it again in a few more years. May have to read it with greater frequency as I age.
A really challenging message, though a couple thoughts made me raise one eyebrow. However - probably could have been 30 pgs instead of 120. Yes, I need reinforcement, but this was pretty repetitive.
Very repetitive for such a short book. I like the idea that we should live each moment for the Lord, but I think some of his ideas of what it means to be abandoned to God are a bit extreme.
A bit repetitive but then it was written in the 17th century and was considered radical for the time. A beautiful text for strengthening personal faith.
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“There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed. All that takes place within us, around us, or through us, contains and conceals His divine action.” 12 likes
“If the work of our sanctification presents us with difficulties that appear insurmountable, it is because we do not look at it in the right way. In reality, holiness consists in one thing alone, namely, fidelity to God's plan. And this fidelity is equally within everyone's capacity in both its active and passive exercise.” 7 likes
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