Item description for Fenelon: Talking with God (Christian Classics) by Francois De Salignac De Fenelon & Hal McElwaine Helms...
Overview This compilation of Fenelon's letters and words of counsel can encourage us as it has generations before us, to listen and hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.
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Studio: Paraclete Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.05" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 1997
Publisher Paraclete Press (MA)
Series Christian Classics - Meridian Pu
ISBN 1557251800 ISBN13 9781557251800
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More About Francois De Salignac De Fenelon & Hal McElwaine Helms
Francois Fenelon was a seventeenth-century French Catholic archbishop who rose to a position of influence in the court of Louis XIV. He became a wise mentor to many members of the king s court. Later exiled from Versailles for political reasons, Fenelon set about with considerable energy to improve the lot of peasants and to deepen the spiritual life of all with whom he came in contact. Robert J. Edmonson, C.J., holds a certificate in French from the University of Montpellier (France) and a degree in French from Middlebury College. His translations of spiritual classics have sold nearly 100,000 copies."
Francois Fenelon was born in 1651 and died in 1715.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Fenelon: Talking with God (Christian Classics)?
wonderful little book Jun 16, 2003
This small volume was my first introduction to Francois Fenelon, and it immediately won me over. The language is beautiful, the message powerful, and the above-average binding makes it a pleasure to read.
Poor translation obscures the spiritual message Sep 16, 2000
The translation is awkward throughout this book, and the awkward phrasing makes the message almost unintelligible. For example, the following sentence is from the book:
"When the heart has already a tendency toward God, we can easily accustom ourselves to suspend the hasty movements of nature, and wait for the second moment when we can act through grace by listening to God." [What does this mean????]
Although I don't have the original French in front of me, Fenelon probably was saying something like: "If we have given primary place to God in our hearts, we can learn to curb our impulses and wait for the grace of God to direct our responses."
The muddled, literal translation found in this book does a disservice to Fenelon, who is a clear thinker on spiritual topics. [There is a mistake in the information given about the book: The translator is not Edmondson but another person -- according to the flyleaf of the book.]