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Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence

July 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

That's right – we've nearly completed our first book together!!  Can you believe it? And Spiritual Combat is no quick-read dime store novel either!  Congratulations if you're still with us – this book has required a great deal of thought.  It is my prayer that all your effort has been spiritually fruitful for you.  I realize we have two weeks left, but I wanted to give you time to find our next book, so here we go.  Drum roll please…

NEW BOOK: Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure & Saint Claude de la Colombiere.

I think it will be a great follow-up to Spiritual Combat!  Scupoli advises us that “Trust in God” is key in our spiritual combat.  Trustful Surrender examines that key principle in depth. The following paragraph is copied from the back of the book:

Since it is the most perfect act of charity and the most pleasing and acceptable sacrifice that is given to man to offer to God, there can be no doubt that whoever practices entire submission to His will lays up inestimable treasures at every moment and amasses more riches in a few days than others are able to acquire in many years and with great labor.  To remain indifferent to good fortune or to adversity by accepting it all from the hand of God without questioning, not to ask for things to be done as we would like them but as God wishes, to make the intention of all our prayers that God’s will should be perfectly accomplished in ourselves and in all creatures is to find the secret of happiness and content. (pages 38-39)

In addition to sharing the excerpt on the back of the book, I feel compelled to tell you that this is one of my all-time favorite books.  It is a tiny little book that packs an amazing punch!  I have read it several times and each time it has left me ready to surrender everything – I’ve felt that I could accept with joy anything that happened to me, no matter how challenging, difficult or – most importantly – how against my personal wishes it may be.  If you’re anything like me, after reading this book your only desire will be whatever God wishes for you.  Granted, the real world and my fallen nature cause this feeling to deteriorate over time, thus the “re-reading.” That said, I’m very excited that this is our next book, as it literally changed my life.

[VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  We learned with Spiritual Combat that there can be several translations of one book, which can make it difficult to stay in sync.  I'm not sure whether there are several versions of this book, but I will be using the TAN version, so all quotes and page references will be noted accordingly.  You may certainly use any version you wish – there may be online versions as there were with Spiritual Combat – but my notes will all refer to the TAN version, which is linked above.]

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Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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  • Wow, Dan with this quotation I hear it all:

    “To remain indifferent to good fortune or to adversity by accepting it all from the hand of God without questioning, not to ask for things to be done as we would like them but as God wishes, to make the intention of all our prayers that God’s will should be perfectly accomplished in ourselves and in all creatures is to find the secret of happiness….”

    This is truly Our Lord’s Prayer Glorified. But, oh how often do I pray it – OK faithfully – yet secretly hoping my self-loving will will be in accord with His Will!!!! Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa……

    I must admit the Spiritual Combat has been a roller-coaster for me. God bless you Dan, for sending it to me.

  • abandon56

    SO looking forward to reading this again. It is a book I keep nearby for ready perspective. It is so encouraging and so challenging! There is a version by Ignatius Press that I highly recommend which includes His letters of counsel to religious sisters whom he directed. Very helpful!

    • LisaMH

      abandon56: Are you, perhaps, referring to the book with a similar title written by Fr. J.P. de Caussade S.J.? There may be some confusion with two incredible but different books with similar titles.

      • LizEst

        You are so right, Lisa. Can’t tell you how long I looked for this among my shelves. When I found Caussade, I was so pleased…until I discovered Caussade was not the right author and hence not the correct book..

  • Sandy

    I have read Trustful surrender to Divine Providence so many times, but have never had the opportunity to share what I think about this trustful surrender with other people. I am looking forward to rereading and pondering De Caussade’s words with book club people. About ten years ago I gave a copy of this book to my former pastor who is now a Bishop and he quotes from the book in his BLOGs. Our life is about total trust in Divine Providence.

  • Found this online version! 🙂
    Since this book is shorter, hope I can join this time!

    • LizEst


      That site was one of the first sites I tried. But, it would only print the first page. So, to get it I would have had to scroll down each page and print one page at a time. Perhaps you had an easier time of it.

      If you did not have an easier time than I did, try this site instead. I think it’s an easier and quicker site:
      Scroll about 5/6 of the way down the page under the name Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure & Saint Claude de la Colombiere. Click on the link and download. Happy reading!

  • LizEst

    Thank you for this announcement, Vicki. I look forward to it! God bless you.

    • Vicki

      And thank YOU for all your help with links and answering questions! You are quick – what a blessing!

      • LizEst

        You’re welcome. The glory goes to the Lord.

  • Linda

    I had trouble following the previous book club on the site. What is the best way to follow and participate in the club?

    • debbie

      Hi linda,as we read the book she will write articles about it.then we can comment about it.The comments people share are very helpfull.God Bless You Debbie.

    • Vicki

      Linda – If you “follow” the site, you will receive book club posts via email as they are published – usually every Tuesday, and once in a while an extra through the week. If you come to the site to find them, look in the column to the far right side of the site. If you scroll down below the pictures, you’ll see the TAGS. Keep scrolling down, and you find a header that says: CATEGORIES. Under that heading, you will find BOOK CLUB. If you click that link, it will take you to all the book club posts. Hope that helps!

  • LizEst

    Hi all,

    I found it free for download here as pdf, rtf and/or view online:
    I did the pdf. Scroll down about 5/6 of the way down the page under Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure & St. Claude de la Colombiere:
    Happy reading!

  • Gaby

    where could i found books like this in Spanish? also any website to download free books? I have a prayer and support group for women (just hispanic immigrant ladies) with low income, If I get a free download I am sure I could give some material with no high costs,if not I could get some material and just prepare my formation classes with my own books, do you have any in Spanish (I read better in my native language :),. Thank you for reading me

    • LizEst


      Actualmente este libro es en dos partes.

      Estoy en busca de la primera parte. Pero si encontre la segunda!

      La segunada parte se puede encontrar en este sitio:
      Alli se encuentra este link para la parte escrito por San Claudio de la Colombiere donde se puede leer on-line o se puede obtener en papel (la factura en papel es muy pequena pero si se puede leer):

      (Explanation: These are simply instructions for finding the book in Spanish. I found a site for Free Catholic Books in Spanish which has a link to the second part of the book (the part by Colombiere), which is very small, but readable, when printed out. I am looking for the first part of the book)

    • LizEst


      He buscado y buscado y buscado. Disculpe, no encuentro la primera parte del libro en espanol, ni gratis, ni para comprar. Asi es que seguro Ud va tener que descarglo gratis en ingles (di instrucciones en otro mensage en este blog) para obtener la primera parte…y descargar la secunda parte en espanol como ya puse en mis otras instrucciones de respuesta a su pregunta hace poquito). Espero que, por lo menos, esto le puede ayudar un poquito.

      [I’ve searched and searched and searched. Please forgive me, I can’t find the first part of the book in Spanish, either for free or for sale. So, you will probably have to download [the book] for free in English (I gave instructions elsewhere in this blog) to get the first part…and also download the second part in Spanish as per my previous instructions a short while ago). I hope, at least, this will help you a little bit.]

      • Gaby

        Liz, mil gracias, me ayudo bastante esta informacion, ni siquiera sabia que existia este website. Dios te bendiga!

        • LizEst

          De nada, Gaby. Para la gloria de Dios…y que Dios te bendiga, tambien!
          (You’re welcome, Gaby. For the glory of God…and may God bless you, too!)

          (Translation of Gaby’s note: Liz, thank you very much, this information helped me a lot. I didn’t even know [that] website existed. God bless you!)

  • Iris

    I have the book Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre De Caussade (Doubleday). Is this the same book or is it something different? I just don’t want to end up buying the same book twice. I am enjoying this book club immensely.

    • Different book.

    • LizEst

      I made the same mistake, Iris. But, you don’t have to buy the correct one. You can get the right book for free here:
      Scroll about 5/6 of the way down the page under the name Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure & Saint Claude de la Colombiere. Happy reading!

  • CFS

    It’s available for the Kindle for .99

  • Ben

    Please can you clarify the name of book. I’m a little confused. When does this book discussion start?

    • LizEst

      The name of the book is “Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence.” It’s really a two part book with two authors. That’s the key. If you don’t have both authors included in the book, you don’t have the complete book (as I found out yesterday).

    • LizEst


      In Vicki’s post today, she says there are two weeks left to the current book. From that statement, I believe the new book will start in three weeks.

      Vicki, is this correct?

      • Vicki

        Yes. August 7, I will introduce the book and schedule. That will be our first week of reading.

        • LizEst

          Thank you so much, Vicki. God bless you!

  • Kay

    I read this book years ago, a must read for everyone! Absolutely excellent! Enjoy!

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