The Story of A Soul

The Story of A Soul

A New Translation

Book - 2006
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St. Thérèse's autobiography was first published soon after her death in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. Combining charming descriptions of family and community life with a sense of humor and intense devotion to God, it was an instant bestseller. But earlier editions often excluded passages, and refined her use of the French dialect often spoken by peasants. This remarkable new translation includes every word of the original text, retaining the complete charm of the original. The result is a complete and unabridged work, longer than most other editions available today. Millions of hearts have been touched by St. Thérèse of Lisieux's desire, not to be mighty and great, but to be a humble, little flower that would gladden God's eyes as He glances down at His feet. Now, yours will be, too.

Robert Edmonson also took the time to translate the poem "Divine Prisoner" which is referred to in Story of a Soul as Thérèse's favorite poem, and as the inspiration behind her name "Little Flower." To read this poem, click on the "excerpt" button below.

Click here to link to - select interview #617 to listen to an audio recording of Robert Edmonson's being interviewed by Frank Morock on Catholic Bookmarks.

Publisher: Brewster, MA : Paraclete Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781557254870
Branch Call Number: 282.092 THE NVD
Additional Contributors: Edmonson, Robert J.
Alternative Title: Story of a soul


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Dec 17, 2014

This is probably the most influential and inspiring biography I have ever read. Therese is known as the "Little Flower," because she considered herself to be so insignificant and simple to the big world. She knew even in childhood that her vocation would be to serve the Lord, and she even got special permission from the Pope to join her sister's Carmelite convent at a very early age. At times in the book, she appears very immature, which reveals her humanity, and yet her unwavering faith showed a wisdom and maturity beyond her years. Dying from tuberculosis at the age of 24, her story is a true example of devotion.

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