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The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul (Image Classics)

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A spiritual guide for millions the world over, this is the autobiography of a holy woman who "attained to the knowledge of supernatural things in such abundant measure that she was able to point out the sure way of salvation to others." --Pope Pius XI


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Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published January 26th 2011 by Image (first published September 30th 1898)
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booklady
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my daughters
Recommended to booklady by: Sacred Heart sisters
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
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Leslie
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
♥ 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
Pat
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmed
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
القديسة تريزا ليسوع الطفل

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus


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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 ..

http://www.marnarsay.com/Santas/St.Te...

وقصتها مفعمة بالإيمان والبراءة والبساطة والتأمل والجمال النفسي وكل خصائص النفس الطيبة الوادعة، وكل ذلك جاء في سيرتها في أعلى درجات
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Wanda
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Marne
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Sheila
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Wayne
Nov 04, 2008 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
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Cathy
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bob
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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.

She
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Therese
I wanted to read a book that had been translated for my Better World Books 2016 Reading Challenge, and since I already had this, I thought I would check it out. After all she has my name, or rather I have hers, and I like little things. Other than that, I really wasted my time.

Therese and her 4 sisters who survived to adulthood all became nuns after an extremely religious, pious, and sheltered upbringing. First I have to say, I'm not a Catholic, and reading this certainly does not sway me in tha
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Emma
Mar 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
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.

Ok.
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Bob
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
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
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Sean
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane Lebak
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book itself is amazing.

The translation of this book is pretty...well, I found places where it was off. On page 220/221 the translator has no clue what she means by the Church Militant, the Church Suffering and the Church Triumphant, so he helpfully adds in [brackets] what he thinks she means. Except he's wrong. Yes, the Church Triumphant means Heaven. But the translator edits in that the Church Suffering is the Christians who are still alive (wrong: it's the souls in Purgatory) and that the
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Patrick Costello
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seven-stars
I had always heard about St. Therese but never knew much about her. So the spring of my sophomore year I finally picked up her "Story of a Soul." I remember secretly reading this book during lecture in differential equations; I felt such peace and confidence in the way she described God's love and grace. This is a love story--the love story between a young soul and the God who made her. In this story you will discover her shortcut to heaven, the "little way of spiritual childhood." This Doctor o ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
St. Therese of Lisieux is one of the most beloved Catholic saints. So what is her story? And why are so many devoted to her?

St. Therese was born to parents who deeply loved the church. Their children were raised in that atmosphere, so it is no surprise that several became nuns, including Therese.

Therese wrote down the story of her life in this little book. In it, the reader gets a feel for the astonishing character that was Therese. She seemed to live her faith every minute of the day. Simply.
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Rebecca
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mattye
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mattye by: Thomas
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.
Sarah
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saint Theresa the Little Flower is the patron saint of my Grandmother's church. I knew only a little about her before going to France. Purchased my copy at the bookstore of the Carmel of Lisieux (where Therese lived and died) at the beginning of our summer vacation. I was able to visit the Theresian museum there as well, before reading her autobiography, so I had visuals and background info at my disposal when reading.

Five stars are not given lightly. This is a work worth studying. Therese has
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Manuela Pia
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Catholics
This book was honestly so inspiring in ways that I did not expect. It blew me away how spiritually mature St. Therese was from a young age and, although it is an easy read, there are a lot things that have deeper meanings that really spoke to me.
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
...more
Vincent
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saints
The Good: a must-read in order to understand what it means to be a "child of God"

The Bad: tedious read; wandering thoughts; narrative weighed down with vivid details of little things

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St. Therese gives new meaning to the word "adorable." Her autobiography Story of a Soul shows that she is one of a kind. The amount of love and joy that radiates from her writing is incredible to behold.

The lasting impression that you get from the book isn't the act
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Karina
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a Study Edition prepared by Marc Foley (published by ICS). In some of his reflections on the text he draws on from other literary sources that I don't know, so it's a little odd at times. But it is very good.

We are now in Chapter 8, and I liked the reflection Marc had on the two images of God that Therese uses. 1) When Therese experiences aridity in prayer, she talks about Jesus sleeping in the boat. He's still there, even though it doesn't feel that way. He's just sleeping. Therese let
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Alice
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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C.S. Wachter
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book was a nice complement to my morning quiet time.
Phil
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I've been slow to read this book and to review it. Given that many of the devotional writers I read have recommended it, that should be surprise, but St. Therese of Liseaux has a reputation of being a bit saccarine. She is, mind you, in a kind of 19th century pious kind of way, but, underneath all that, is a thoughtful consideration of how faith is developed and the obstacles which one needs to overcome- a majority of which tend to be almost entirely in our heads.

For those who may not have run
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“God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.” 54 likes
“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.” 50 likes
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