The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

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“If the little flower could talk, it seems to me it would say what God has done for it quite simply and without concealment . . . This flower, in telling her story, is happy to make known all the gifts Jesus has given her.” 

—St. Therese of Lisieux

The beautiful style of St. Therese’s writing will capture your heart, but it will be the power and efficacy of her lessons that will keep you returning day after day. 

Only written under holy obedience by the command of her superior, St. Therese’s autobiography conveys the secrets of her great holiness, which she achieved through her simple and ordinary life. It teaches her “Little Way of Spiritual Childhood,” which she called her “elevator to Heaven.” An important lesson for all Catholics, her “little way of love and confidence” is drawn directly from Scripture and has been approved by Pope Pius XI as a way to holiness for all. 

Although she died at the age of 24, St. Therese was and is known for her great wisdom, and this magnum opus demonstrates the young Carmelite’s holiness and dependance on God. 

St. Therese’s autobiography has become a classic of Catholic literature, and it has been translated into numerous languages. The Story of a Soul continues to grow in popularity and millions of copies are distributed worldwide. 

No Catholic should be ignorant of the spiritual power of “little way” of St. Therese. This beautiful edition, which is printed in the beautiful style of all the TAN Books Catholic Classics Series, belongs on the shelf of every Catholic.

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12 Reviews

  • 5
    A Must Read!

    Posted by Catherine on Nov 2nd 2023

    This is a must read for every Catholic. Her life, her love, and her devotion to Christ are so inspir…

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  • 5
    Must read!

    Posted by EricJ on Sep 21st 2023

    I'm halfway through the book and St Therese was a very brilliant and divine person. This autobi…

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  • 5
    Beautiful book

    Posted by His D. on May 24th 2023

    This book was such a blessing to me. To think that God loves us so much that he wants us in heaven w…

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  • 5
    Every Catholic should read this most beautiful book written by the most beautiful soul

    Posted by Jennifer L. on May 24th 2023

    Every Catholic should read this book! And, every Catholic who read this book should read it again an…

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  • 5
    The Story of a Soul - Commentary

    Posted by Daniel M. on Apr 12th 2023

    St. Therese is one of my favorite saints. Her ;Little Way; is inspiring, with her simplicity and dev…

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  • 5
    Wonderful! Very enlightening!

    Posted by BEVERLY B. on Feb 28th 2023

    Wonderful! Very enlightening!

  • 5
    Story of a Soul

    Posted by KATHY C. on Nov 4th 2022

    I just love St Therese. Simple. Do everything out of love.

  • 5
    Beautiful story

    Posted by ANNA T. on Oct 1st 2022

    Loved this story. Very powerful

  • 5
    It's a classic, one everyone

    Posted by Shadi P. on Sep 13th 2022

    It's a classic, one everyone should read