Why Blog About a Book Written in the 18th Century?

Father de Caussade wrote about abandoning ourselves to God through a treatise he wrote and letters written to sisters for whom he was a spiritual director. What does it mean to “abandon ourselves to God?” In short, it means finding peace in all that happens to us and in all that we are — up to and including our sinful natures — because God is working through us in ways that we can’t possibly understand. This is not to condone sin, but to know that God allows and uses sin to draw us ever nearer to Himself.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 

I’m not going to lie to you. This book is nearly 450 pages and the author basically says the same thing over and over and over again. Despite this, however, I have dog-eared many pages, underlined hundreds of lines of text, sectioned off several paragraphs with stars and asterisks, and written my own notes in plenty of margins. 

The author has an uncanny knack for writing the same message but in subtlety different ways, such that one chapter can move you while another chapter won’t make sense to you for many months later, if at all.

Why should I read it if it’s not going to make sense? Good question. If the quotes found on this blog or in the book itself don’t make sense to you, then maybe God is not calling you to read it right now. If that’s the case, maybe pick it up at a later time in your life. That is what happened to me. This book sat on my bookshelf mostly unread because I didn’t understand it for probably ten years. But since I picked it up again, I haven’t put it back down. 

If you feel called, I encourage you to read Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence. It’s a beautiful commentary on how God uniquely works in each of our lives and gives us a mere glimpse of His great and unending love for us.

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