St. Francis de Sales’s "Introduction to a Devout Life" has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the seventeenth century, St. Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ. The book is set in tone as a letter to Philothea, who represents the reader. St. Francis de Sales' compassionate "Introduction" leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship. This edition is a 1900 reprint from Frederick Pustet & Co., which includes "An Abstract of His Life."