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Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life by Lawrence, Brother (Nicholas Herman, c. 1605-1691)

Brother Lawrence is one of the most admired and imitated sons of the Catholic church. He worked for a time as a soldier before entering the Discalced Carmelite Prior in Paris.

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Normal Christian Life by Nee, Watchman (1903-1972)

Many consider this exposition of the first few chapters of Romans a Christian classic. In it, Nee defines and describes good Christian living, deriving insights from his reading of Paul's letter.

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Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Ignatius of Loyola, St (1491-1556)

Written by the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is a powerful book. Derived mostly from St. Ignatius' conversion experiences in 1521-3, Spiritual Exercises has provided guidance and encouragement to its readers for several hundred years.

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Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis of Sales, St. (1567-1622)

Do I need to go into full-time ministry to live a truly Christian life? Am I really a Christian if I'm not out preaching the gospel in dangerous places where people have never heard of Christ? Can secular work benefit the kingdom of God? All Christians struggle to discern God's call on their life, but God does call all to live a Christ-centered life.

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Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)

For five hundred years, this gentle book, filled with the spirit of the love of God, has brought understanding and comfort to millions of readers in over fifty languages, and provided them with a source of heart-felt personal prayer.

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Holy Rule of St. Benedict by Benedict, Saint, of Nursia (480-547)

St. Benedict originally intended this text for use in monasteries. St. Benedict highlights the importance of peace, prayer, work, sacrifice, humility, frugality, and obedience.

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Interior Castle or The Mansions by Teresa of Avila, St. (Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, 1515-1582)

Interior Castle is the work of 16th century Carmelite nun and Christian mystic St. Teresa of Avila. She wrote Interior Castle as a spiritual guide to union with God.

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On Loving God by Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint (1090-1153)

, St. Bernard surveys the four types of love that Christians experience as they grow in their relationship with God: loving one's self, selfish love, loving God as God, and loving one's self in God.

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Absolute Surrender by Murray, Andrew (1828-1917)

is a wonderful devotional. Based around a series of sermons by Andrew Murray, Absolute Surrender extols the need for "absolute surrender" to God. Murray provides concrete steps for bringing about such surrender in one's life.

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With Christ in the School of Prayer by Murray, Andrew (1828-1917)

The power of intercessory prayer is a great gift from God. God listens to those he loves, and works all things for their good. Murray, in his classic work With Christ in the School of Prayer, calls the church to exercise that powerful gift.

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