The Devout Life: A Modern Guide to Practical Holiness with St. Francis de Sales (Paperback)
One of the greatest spiritual classics of all time is Introduction to the Devout Life, the St. Francis de Sales masterpiece written in the seventeenth century. Deacon Matthew Newsome breaks open this divine guide from one of the most sought-after spiritual counselors in history and helps you apply it to your life today. In these pages, you will find the direction you need to grow closer to God and practice Christian discipleship regardless of your vocation.
De Sales insisted that devotion is for everyone, not just the professional religious class. He wrote for the average layperson, as Deacon Matt does in bringing de Sales's wisdom to any Christian looking for practical advice on advancing in holiness today.
Deacon Matt aligns short, easy-to-read chapters derived from de Sales's work with relatable circumstances of modern life to prepare you for a life of communion with God. You will learn how to cultivate prayerfulness and virtue, weed out temptations
About the Author
Deacon Matthew Newsome has guided young adults in their faith for over fifteen years as the Catholic campus minister to the students of Western Carolina University. He is an ordained deacon for the Diocese of Charlotte and holds an MA in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He writes a regular column for the Catholic News Herald (Diocese of Charlotte) and has published articles in various Catholic magazines. He and his wife Joannie have seven children. When not engaging with his students, Deacon Matt spends his time painting, hiking, and tending to the family menagerie of sheep, chickens, two barn cats and one old donkey.