Talking with God
Talking with God: True Prayer is Simply Another Name for the Love of God
All who seek fellowship with God amid the rush and racket of modern life will find that Fénelon's searching gentleness is a wonderful pick-me-up for the heart. Fénelon's letters asked no more of his correspondents than he required first of himself: unflinching acceptance of the divine Surgeon's knife, as God touched unyielded places in his heart and brought them into conformity with His will. And this selection from his letters is pure gold.
Talking with God is a beautiful, accessible, contemporary English translation introducing you to the essential Fénelon. Here is a compilation of Fénelon's wisdom and words of counsel that can encourage us as they have generations before, to listen and hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.
"The first effect of a sincere love is an earnest desire to know all that we ought to do to gratify the one we love. Any other desire is an indication that we love ourselves under a pretense of loving God. It shows that we are seeking an empty and deceitful consolation in Him and that we want to use God for our pleasure, instead of sacrificing that pleasure for His glory. God forbid that His children should love Him that way! No matter what it costs us, if we truly want to love Him, we must know what He requires of us and try to do it without reservation."
François Fénelon, Talking with God
François Fénelon 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 members of the king's court, his writings preserved by the many people whom he counseled. These words have inspired Christians of all backgrounds for centuries with their frank honesty, spiritual wisdom, and unflinching response to truth.