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The Truth About Therese

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Discover the burning secrets of St. Therese's soul

Scores of books have been written about St. Therese of Lisieux, but this is the first aimed at those persons, Catholic or not, who resist her, put off by all those roses and crudely painted plastic statues . . . and even by her virtues. (Not long before she died, Therese's confessor assured her she had never committed a mortal sin!)

Author Henri Gheon was once among those put off by Therese's sweet reputation and by the tinseled, sugary devotions to this "little saint." Then he discovered how many good Catholics, at home in such simple devotions, were soon freed, without even realizing it, from the pretty-pretties that led them on, finding the real Therese beneath the sugar roses and puffy clouds, behind the platitudes and pet-names that took all the salt out of her heroic story.

They discovered as will readers of these remarkable pages the real Therese of Lisieux, an intense soul living a life of heroic grandeur amidst dull and all-too-worldly associates, a soul driven by a burning love of God even as she wrestled privately with great physical and emotional pain.

That, shows Gheon, is what lay behind her smile. That's why she was canonized. And that's why Therese is the saint most fitted for our day, a model for those of us whom, whether we like it or not, God has called to hidden lives of quiet drama, desire, and holy sacrifice.


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This item received 5 stars overall. Early 20th Century French Critic Casts Eye on St. Therese

As a convert, St. Therese did not immediately attract me as a possible intercessor with whom to cultivate a deeper relationship with Christ. In part, this was because my family had discerned different patrons. St. Clare we knew with certainty had interceded as we entered the Church. One of my sons had an immediate and deep devotion to St. Francis, and my youngest received a miraculous healing by the prayers of St. Peregrine. In time, St. Damien Joseph of Molokai was helping behind the scenes during my nursing education (and I trust, now, as I work as a nurse in a jail setting). Not much Therese in sight, except those sweet prayer cards here and there of a young, smiling girl surrounded with roses.
St. Therese remained in the periphery of my awareness, stickily sweet to my eyes, always surrounded by roses and in the context of a "little way." Well, I didn't want "little." I liked "big." It just didn't click. In time I began Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. This is a wonderful, devoutly written book, for anyone alreasdy devoted to the Little Flower, or not

When I first requested this book, it was not because I had an adversion to the Little Flower. No, it was to see more insight into her life and her devotion.

This book, written by Henri Gheon in French, then translated into English, is described as "an Unflinching look at Lisieux, the Little Flower, and the Little Way". Indeed this is a wonderful description. Gheon tells us the story of St Therese, her relationship with her Mother and Father. Her undying wish that her mother would "die, so that she could be happy in Heaven", and her close relationship with her father. Also, her affection for her sisters and her desire for Jesus is wonderfully explained. I will not give any spoilers, but the author begins his book with WHY he had an "Initial Resistance to St Therese".

"The Truth about Therese" is almost similar to "Story of A Soul" by Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. Learning the Truth about the Little Flower

A saint who died when she was only about half my age? Who spent 1/3 of her life behind convent walls? How could such a saint possibly inspire anyone whose path in life had taken a very different turn?
While the title and subtitle of this book, The Truth about Therese: An Unflinching Look at Lisieux, the Little Flower, and the Little Way suggest a more "unauthorized biography" feel, that's not what author Henri Gheon achieves in this short biography of St. Therese of Lisieux. Instead, he writes of the many difficulties she endured, even after she achieved her dream of becoming a Carmelite at a very young age.
My favorite chapter of this book was the first one, "My Initial Resistance to St. Therese," because I have felt the same resistance. I was more captivated by this saint as a teenager; t Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. Truth About Therese

I chose to read The Truth About Therese beacuse I am facinated by other's devotion to St. Therese.  I am by no means an avid theological reader. I found this book to be informative and provided me with a greater appreication of St. Therese's "little way". It was a quick read that provided me with a bit of spiritual nourishment as I learned more about one of my favorite saints. As a teenager, I learned about St. Therese in my Catholic high school and continued to have a facination with her as I grew into adulthood. This book is a wonderful way to continue to learn about the trials and tribulations faced by St. Therese. 

I enjoyed Henry Gheon's style of writing. He is very "matter of fact" in the questions he poses to the reader. However, this book was said to be an "unauthorized biolography" of sorts and I feel as though that was not the style of the book. I Full Review...


St. Therese Of Lisieux

St. Therese Of Lisieux Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/01
Tridentine Calendar - 10/03

Patron Of: African Missions, AIDS Sufferers, Air Crews, Aircraft Pilots, Aviators, Florists, Flower Growers, France, Illness, Loss of Parents, Missionaries, Missions, Domestic, Tuberculosis

Also known as
Teresa of the Infant Jesus; Therese of the Child Jesus; the Little Flower; the Little Flower of Jesus

    Born to a middle-class French family. Her father, Louis, was a watchmaker, her mother, who died of cancer when Therese was 4, was a lace maker, and both have been declared Venerable by the Church. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Carmelite nun at age 15. Defined her path to God and holiness as "The Little Way," which consisted of love and trust in God. At the direction of her spiritual director, and against her wishes, she dictated her famed autobiography Story of a Soul. Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

    "For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." - Saint Therese of Lisieux

    2 January 1873 at Alcon, Normandy, France

    7pm Thursday 30 September 1897 at Lisieux, France of tuberculosis

    14 August 1921 by Pope Benedict XV

    29 April 1923 by Pope Pius XI

    17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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