Introduction to the Devout Life is named one of Top 100 Christian books of all times by Church Times Praised by a wide-ranging group of enthusiasts, from the novelist Anne Rice to the Catholic theologian Dr. Michael Downey, Fr. John-Julian’s powerful translations and significant annotations of the classics are inspiring and challenging.
“Following in the successful pathblazed in his treatment of Julian of Norwich, as well as in The Complete Imitation of Christ, Fr. John-Julian graces us with another of his exceptional writings in The Complete Introduction to the Devout Life. His introduction,translation and commentary of Francis de Sales’ classictext works on so many levels. Written with carefulscholarship balanced with a prayerful practicality, John-Julian’s treatment serves both the scholar ofChristian spirituality as much as it resources the person seeking a deeper life in Christ. Not unlike de Sales’ own text, though written for the ‘common Christian,’ its profound depths are available for those who desire to dive deeper into its riches. A tour de force treatment of anenduring classic, it is bound to become a classic in its own right.”
-The Rev. Dr. Todd E. Johnson, Theological Director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Fr. John Julian’s new translation and commentary joins with his previous books to create a library of Christian classics of inestimable value to anyone seriously interested in Christian spirituality.”
-The Rev. Dr. Arnold Klukas, Professor of Liturgics and Ascetical Theology, Nashotah House Theological Seminary
“It is indeed one of the very best books availabletoday….We highly recommend it whenever we have the opportunity to do so and turn to it ourselves when we need to consider a certain passage of the Intro. “
Joanne Kinney, Administrator, DeSalesResources and Ministries
Stella Niagara, NY