Review: Story of a Soul – The Little Way of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Posted April 22, 2015 in Faith, Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: Story of a Soul – The Little Way of Saint Therese of LisieuxStory of a Soul by St Therese of Lisieux
Publisher: St Anthony Messenger Press (1896)
{6 hours and 10 minutes} (306 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


Sharing memories from early childhood through her life as a Carmelite nun, Therese opens her heart to us. This bride of Christ reveals her passion and longing for union with God. Her simplicity is charming and we begin to believe that we can travel the path to salvation that she points out to us.

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My Review

This was a reread. I first read Story of a Soul as a senior in high school.

I really like this book. It really is more of a spiritual read than anything. I love the way Saint Therese talks about God. The love there is so evident and Therese never even doubts how much God loves her.

The “Little Way” of Saint Therese is beautiful. She knows she cannot do any great things for God and so she offers God all of the little things she can. She offers each and every little sacrifice for love of God. This is such a beautiful way to show God our love for Him.

This also isn’t a typical autobiography. Therese tells her story focusing on the important moments of her faith journey. The book isn’t chronological but that is the way it is supposed to be in a spiritual memoir, the story of one’s soul.

This really is a spiritual classic that I think everyone should read. The first time I read the book and this time I listened to the audiobook. While I enjoyed the audiobook, I preferred reading the paperback copy more. That is because it is so much easier to take notes in a physical book.

Catholic Connections

This book is a spiritual classic. I totally recommend that everyone read this book themselves.

Which Reading Challenges?

  • You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
  • Hard-Core Re-Reading Challenge


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