In this classic devotional book, St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) shows the average believer how to become closer to God, with valuable advice on a range of spiritual subjects.
St. Francis avoids the extremes that might lead to imbalance; his purpose is to arouse in the listener a complete love of, and trust in God. This life of devotion is open to everyone. The book is easy to understand, explaining in simple terms how to expand one’s spiritual life, with examples from scripture and from a variety of other sources. It covers topics such as creation, cleansing the soul, confession, sin, death, judgment and paradise.
First published in 1609, the book enjoyed great popularity in both Catholic and Protestant circles and was widely translated.