The Unabridged Collected Works PDF/EPUB È The


The Unabridged Collected Works In the history of the world, few individuals have achieved the depth of spirituality reached by Jeanne Guyon Many have been inspired by her over the centuries, including John Wesley, who said of her How few such instances do we find of exalted love to God, and our neighbor of genuine humility of invincible meekness and unbounded resignation She was born in a corrupt age, in a nation marked for its degeneracy nursed and reared in a church, as decadent as the world in which it was embedded persecuted at every step of her career groping as she did in spiritual desolation and ignorance, nevertheless, she arose to the highest pinnacle of pre eminence in spirituality and Christian devotion This compilation includes five of Guyon s most beloved works Method of Prayer, Way to God, Spiritual Torrents, her autobiography and her poetry They have been reproduced unabridged, with only minor updating for ease of reading Do not confuse minor updating with what other publishers have done with her works Guyon s tone and style have been carefully preserved so that she might live and communicate with a new generation Editors have worked for over a year on this compilation to bring to life material that has not been published in overyears


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About the Author: Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon

Jeanne Marie Bouvi res de la Mothe Guyon commonly known as Madame Guyon was the leader of the Quietist movement in France The foundation of her Quietism was laid in her study of St Francis de Sales, Madame de Chantal, and Thomas a Kempis At age 16, she married Jacques Guyon, a wealthy man of weak health, 22 years her senior Until his death in 1676, her life was an unhappy one, partly due to the difference in their ages, and partly due to a tyrannical mother in law Her public career as an evangelist of Quietism began soon after her widowhood.Her first labors were spent in the diocese of Geneva, at Anecy, Gex, and Thonon, and in Grenoble In 1686 she went to Paris, where she was at first imprisoned for her opinions, in the Convent of St Marie in the Faubourg St Antoine she was released after eight months at the insistence of Madame de Maintenon She then rose to the zenith of her fame Her life at all times greatly fascinated those around her the court, Madame de Maintenon, and Madame de Maintenon s College of Ladies at Cyr, came under the spell of her enthusiasm But the affinity of her doctrines with those of Michael Molinos, who was condemned in 1685, soon worked against her.Her opinions were condemned by a commission, of which Bossuet was president She then incurred Bossuet s displeasure by breaking the promises she had made to him to maintain a quiet attitude and not return to Paris She was imprisoned at Vincennes in December 1695, and the next year moved to Vaugirard, under a promise to avoid all receptions and correspondence, except by special permission In 1698, she was imprisoned in the Bastille for four years She spent the remainder of her life in retirement with her daughter, the Marquise de Bois, at Blois She had numerous visitors of all ranks, some from foreign countries, and had a considerable correspondence Her works fill some 40 volumes less


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