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Book Club – Journal of a Soul Week 12 of 12 – Pt 2 of 2

November 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Journal of a Soul

Editor's Note: Part One of Week 12 of 12 can be found HERE.

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Final Words…

We have reached the end of the Journey. And what an amazing journey it’s been! To have insight into the soul of such a beautiful human being is a gift like no other. For once, the question, without being asked, was actually answered. How can I become a saint?

Step by step, day by day, we saw an incredible transformation through this Journal of a Soul. We witnessed the difficulties, the missteps, the perseverance, the progress, and ultimately, the victory over various challenges faced through the course of 60+ years. In finishing this book, I am left with a profound sense of trust in our Lord, who promises to guide me gently and patiently to Him, and I’m full of hope in the glory of heaven to come. Could one ask more of a book? I think not.

There were so many topics covered by Pope John XXIII. We could not possibly have discussed them all in twelve weeks. Please feel free to comment on anything that moved you.

We’ve selected our next book precisely because it had such a profound influence on the spiritual life of Pope John XXIII:

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis.

I will be reading the Vintage Classics Edition, but I know there are many versions available. I believe the chapters line up among various editions, so it should be quite easy to follow along regardless of which edition you use (I base that assumption on the fact that I own two very different versions, and the chapters line up just fine.).

The first reading assignment will be posted next week, in order to allow you time to acquire the book. I hope you’ll join us in meditating our way through one of the most read spiritual works of all time, surpassed only by the Bible itself.

Discussion Questions:

1. Open forum – comment on any of your reading over the past twelve weeks, or on the book as a whole.


Reading Assignment:


Check in next week to learn of our first assignment!


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About Vicki Burbach

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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  • Robert Kraus

    Oh good, Imitation of Christ has been on my must-read list. I’m so glad we get to cover this great work. Yes, Journal of a Soul has been my favorite book so far in this club. It was great following his spiritual struggle and development, making me realize there’s hope for me yet. 🙂

  • Patti Day

    Imitation of Christ, what a great choice. When I first read it, every page seemed written for me. Then I talked to others who felt the same way. The book I have was published during WWII and was a gift from a Mother to her son, John, who was going off to war. It has old fashion language, which endears it all the more:

    Book Third, Chapter 1: Happy is the soul which heareth the Lord speaking within her, and receiveth from His mouth the word of comfort.

    Recent editions are written with contemporary language, but the message is the same.

  • Patti Day

    Excellent choice. The edition I have is from 1944. It was presented by a mother to her son, John when he was going off to serve in WWII. When I first read it, I could hardly put it down. Every page seemed written for me. I have heard others say the same thing. The language in mine is old fashion using Thee and Thou.. Newer editions use contemporary language, but the message remains timeless.

  • LizEst

    If any one is interested, it is available as a pdf free of charge because it is in the public domain. If you can’t find it, post your email and I will send it to you.

    • Juventutem London

      Please could you send it to juventutemlondon [at] gmail [dot] com?

      • LizEst

        Check your email. It should be there now…or soon. I sent it earlier. God bless you, Juventutem London!

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