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The Classics Made Simple (7 vols.)

by de Caussade, Jean-Pierre, Francis de Sales

Saint Benedict Press 2010–2011

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The Classics Made Simple (7 vols.)
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Overview

The Classics Made Simple series of TAN guides is designed to orient you before you embark on an exploration of each booklet’s corresponding great work of Catholic literature. Each TAN booklet covers the corresponding work’s highlights: the vital facts and features about the life of the saint who wrote it, including their work, their call to holiness, and the events of their time. These features include a timeline of major events, an author biography, and an exposition of key vocabulary.

In the Logos editions, these valuable volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to your preferred English translation, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches with the Topic Guide to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources.

Key Features

  • Introduction to seven classic works of Catholic literature
  • Dictionary and encyclopedia tools that contextualize the life and work of the saints

Individual Titles

The TAN Guide to Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

  • Series: The Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 36

“Let go and let God.” This popular phrase captures the essence of Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s 18th century treatise on trust, Abandonment to Divine Providence. Do you doubt? Do you suffer? Are you anxious about the trials of life? Father de Caussade offers the one sure solution to any spiritual difficulty: abandon yourself entirely to God by embracing the duties of your station in life. With wisdom and gentleness he teaches how to practice complete submission to the will of God in every situation, whether we are beginners or seasoned travelers on the way of holiness. True abandonment, he explains, is a trusting, peaceful, and childlike surrender to the guidance of grace. Abandonment to Divine Providence will help you develop faith and trust in God and you’ll find no better starting place than in its companion TAN guide.

Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675–1751) was a French Jesuit priest and writer. He was born in Cahors, Lot, France. He is best known for his work Abandonment to Divine Providence, which he addressed to the nuns of the visitation in Nancy, France..

The TAN Guide to An Introduction to Devout Life by Francis de Sales

  • Series: The Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 36

An Introduction to the Devout Life is a book to be read over and again with pencil in hand. St. Francis De Sales advice will be a guide for the rest of your life. No one will come away without being profoundly impressed and being motivated to enter upon the devout life which leads ultimately to God and to Heaven. The TAN Guide is the perfect aid to uncovering all An Introduction to the Devout Life has to offer to its reader.

Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was born in Haute-Savoie, France. He was ordained a priest in 1592, became bishop of Geneva in 1602 and was canonized in 1665.

The TAN Guide to Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross

  • Series: The Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 36

In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents a portrait painted from his own experience as one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that Saint John describes is not abandonment by God, but special consideration from him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls. With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much-quoted but often misunderstood dark night of the soul, into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens itself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God’s glory. With the companion TAN Guide booklet, you can pursue the mystical holiness outlined in Saint John’s Dark Night of the Soul.

John of the Cross (1542–1591) was born in Fontiveros, Spain, and was a Carmelite friar and priest. He is one of thirty-five Doctors of the Church.

The TAN Guide to The Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli

  • Series: The Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 36

Salvation and spiritual perfection should not be sought haphazardly; a strategy is needed to win the battle for our souls. The Spiritual Combat, first published in 1589, provides timeless guidance in spiritual discipline from Lorenzo Scupoli. Vigorous, realistic, and full of keen insight into human nature, The Spiritual Combat consists of short chapters based on the maxim that in the spiritual life one must fight or die. Lorenzo Scupoli shows the Christian how to combat his passions and vices in order to arrive at victory. The TAN guide is the perfect companion to reading Scupoli’s classic work.

Lorenzo Scupoli (1530-1610) was born in Otranto, Italy, and died in Naples. He was ordained in 1577. Spiritual Combat was not published in his name until the year of his death.

The TAN Guide to The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Ignatius of Loyola

  • Series: The Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 36

The Spiritual Exercises outline the rigorous self-examination and spiritual meditations Ignatius of Loyola set forth. Readers will learn how to make a new beginning on the path to holiness, repenting of their sins and attaining freedom from Satan’s power. This companion TAN Guide will help you through Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.

Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) was born in the Basque country and brought up in the household of Ferdinand and Isabella as head treasurer. He was ordained in 1537 and founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1541. He was canonized in 1622.

The TAN Guide to The Story of a Soul by Thérèse of Lisieux

  • Series: The Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 36

The Story of a Soul conveys Thérèse of Liseux’s “little way” of spiritual childhood—her elevator to heaven, as she called it. This method was approved by Pope Pius XI as a way for all to grow in holiness through unfailing confidence and childlike delight in God’s merciful love. In The Story of a Soul, Thérèse shows us again and again how her “little way” of love and trust comes straight from Scripture. Now, you can uncover all the richness of Thérèse’s spiritual classic with the guidance of its companion TAN guide.

Thérèse of Lisieux (1875–1897) was a French Carmelite nun who died at the age of 24. She became known as the little flower of Jesus, and was the third woman to be declared Doctor of the Church.

The TAN Guide to True Devotion to Mary by Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort

  • Series: The Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 36

Considered by many to be the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written, True Devotion to Mary, is St Louis de Montfort’s classic statement on the spiritual way to Jesus Christ though the Virgin Mary. In this beautiful and sublimely inspiring book, de Montfort explains the wonderful spiritual effects which true devotion to Mary brings about in a person's life. Now, you can uncover all the spiritual depth of Louis De Montfort’s Marian classic with the guidance of its companion TAN guide.

Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort (1673–1713) authored The Secret of the Rosary and was the originator of total consecration to Mary. He was a gifted orator, dedicated to preaching. He was canonized in 1947.

Product Details

  • Title: The Classics Made Simple
  • Series: The TAN Classics Made Simple
  • Publisher: St. Benedict Press
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 245