Story of a Soul by St Terese of Liseaux

Story of a Soul

The Story of a Soul is an autobiography written by St. Therese of Lisieux out of obedience to her religious superior, Mother Agnes of Jesus. The book reveals her deep love for God and the workings of grace within her soul.

It conveys St. Therese’s “Little Way” of spiritual childhood – her “elevator” to Heaven, as she called it. This method was approved by Pope Pius XI as a way for all to grow in holiness.

What I Liked

Ummm, not a whole lot. It’s very lyrical and I definitely see why a lot of people appreciate it. I was highly recommended this book by another author I really like…and it did not live up to the recommendation.

I did not finish the book.

What I Did Not Like

I though this was going to be one of those rare religious books that’s actually quite universal and interesting – like Awareness or Peace Is Every Step or anything by Emerson. It’s not. It’s deeply Roman Catholic through and through.

There’s a lot of religious language to sort through. Also, I couldn’t get past the fact that the author was, like, 12 years old? And not that 12 year olds can’t be smart or have a fresh perspective on the world…but she definitely could have used some better friends and family and a less weird relationship with the nuns.

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