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The Complete Introduction to the Devout Life


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Father John-Julian, OJN is the founder of the Episcopal contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich. Paraclete has published his previous books The Revelations of Divine Love, The Complete Julian of Norwich, and The Complete Imitation of Christ.


"Christians have been writing letters of direction and encouragement to other Christians since the early church, and Francis' collection isn't digging up new ground as much as it is giving an extremely thorough and practical way for disciples to deepen their faith. While there are other collections of practical methods for devotion, Francis wrote one of the most comprehensive guides explicitly aimed at the lay person instead of the clergy...The value of The Complete Introduction to the Devout Life is apparent in the number of people who have been influenced by the work. The translator offers the names of Popes, authors, theologians and politicians who have been influenced by St. Francis de Sales and his writing. One doesn't become a Saint without helping to guide people in the Christian faith. While it may not jump to the top of your to-read list, it is well worth consideration as a resource for disciples." -Gary Wake, Englewood Review of Books

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