Like nothing I have ever read. Each letter offers an important insight, and gently takes my thinking away from its usual self-centered mode, to a more other-centered or God-centered one. I guess it just depends on how hard you want to work at reading it. Th July 1st by Seedsowers first published Very simple terms which were very encouraging to me. Sarah rated it feneoon liked it Apr 16, This is one of the books I read decades ago that still stands out as one of the most impacting in my life!!
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I had never heard of Fenelon, but with an endorsement like that I figured I should check it out. Fenelon was a French Catholic archbishop. The Seeking Heart reads like a collection of excerpts from his correspondence. The short selections, some as short as a couple of paragraphs, none longer than two pages, admonish the reader to trust God, endure suffering, and pray earnestly. Although no context for the selections is given in the Seed Sowers Library of Classics edition, one can often easily discern hints of the back stories of these letters.
Here are some typical examples of the first lines: "I am truly sorry about all your troubles. Nothing of the lessons is lost by the omission of personal details. The Seeking Heart is bits and pieces, without a continuous narrative or development. Each short selection can be read independently. However, Fenelon returns to several themes throughout. He would have little patience for a soft, entitled Christianity, such as is so common today in the United States. Silently before God.
He will teach you better than all the books in the world could. Be patient with people--wait for God to work with them as he wills. You were made to love God and be loved by Him. In His mercy He fills you with dissatisfaction for everything so that you will turn to Him alone.
You can see God in all things, but never so clearly as when you suffer. Prayer is not made great by a lot of words, for God knows your inmost feelings before you say them. Satisfaction in God and fellowship with Jesus in his suffering are marks of a Christian life. But this is a book meant to be read slowly and repeatedly, which, I imagine, is how my friend approached it. I am glad he introduced me to Fenelon.
The Seeking Heart
In , at age 12, he was sent to the University of Cahors, where he studied rhetoric and philosophy under the influence of the Jesuit ratio studiorum. While there, he became friends with Antoine de Noailles , who later became a cardinal and the Archbishop of Paris. About i. He initially dreamed of becoming a missionary to the East, but instead, and at the instigation of friends, he preached in Sulpician parishes and performed routine pastoral work as his reputation for eloquence began to grow. When Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in , the Church began a campaign to send the greatest orators in the country into the regions of France with the highest concentration of Huguenots to persuade them of the errors of Protestantism. He consequently spent the next three years in the Saintonge region of France preaching to Protestants.
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