Release date: September 25, 2019
Written by a foremost expert on the life of the beloved St.
Therese of Lisieux, this work is widely considered as the
most definitive and popular presentation of her life. St.
Therese is the most popular modern saint of our times.
Who was this young French Carmelite who died in 1897 of
tuberculosis at age twenty-four? At a time when extreme
physical penance was widespread in many religious orders,
Therese would have none of it. Her passionate love of Jesus
led her to concentrate entirely on him rather than on personal
Misunderstood in her own community but now universally
loved, she left behind her autobiographical, best-selling book,
The Story of a Soul, which captured with rapture her passionate
love of Christ and the spirituality of “the little way" - that
all of us can live out the ideal of doing everything with love
for God and become saints.
Based on Therese's famous notebooks, letters, poems, plays,
and prayers, Story of a Life reveals her true face: the Therese
who detested "old wives" devotions; the Therese who longed
passionately to be priest, martyr, and apostle - and could still
fall asleep over her prayers in chapel.
The truth of her life is that God can take a psychologically
fragile adolescent and turn her into the greatest saint of the
20th century because, in Therese's own words, "I have never
relied on myself, only on Jesus."
POINTS OF INTEREST
• Written by the foremost authority on the life
and spirituality of St. Therese
• Based entirely, and scrupulously, on authentic
documents on St. Therese
• Widely considered the most definitive presentation
of her life
• Uses Therese's notebooks, letters, poems,
plays, and prayers to reveals her true face