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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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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 SpiritualDirection.com 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 pelicansbreast.com

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