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Monday, October 23, 2006

Titles included - Revised

[Rev. - A previous version of this post listed the titles we thought would definitely be included. However, because of all the emails from members, we're reconsidering the exact list of Essential Classics. Stay tuned! The final list will be revealed right here on this blog.]

Joe and I have been scrambling to "fine tune" the Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality based on the flood of emails, comments, and even concerns of members who can't wait to order them.

Many of you wanted to know what titles are going to be included in the collection. So far I can share with you at least three of the six "fundamental" classics:

The Imitation of Christ
Introduction to the Devout Life
Story of a Soul

plus three other masterpieces.

We're also working hard on the four bonus classics to complete the 10-volume collection. These bonus volumes will most likely include classics from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions.

While putting these together Joe and I of course get a chance once again to closely review these masterpieces. It's funny how just one sentence that you never noticed before jumps out at you and stays in your heart for the entire day. Just glancing at them seems to put us in a new state of reflection on the life and sacrifice of Our Lord and the love of Our Father. It's really powerful stuff! We're sure it will make your Advent and Christmas seasons extra special.

Again, the launch date will most likely be the week before Thanksgiving and the classics will only be available for download at the greatly reduced price for 4 days. We'll nail the exact date down as it approaches, but it could change at any time from then until now.

I'll be sure to update you again as soon as more news about the Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality collection become available.

God Bless!!!



Blogger Daughter of St. John said...

Ooooh, I can't wait! Which version of "Story of a Soul" will you be including?

1:21 PM  
Blogger Just Inquiring said...

Maybe a silly question but I was wondering how you're able to make these classics available - are they all in the public domain? Also, why not just provide links so people can buy them from Amazon?

2:52 PM  
Blogger said...

Hi "just inquiring",

That's not a silly question at all. Of course all of the classics are public domain (just like the Latin Vulagte is public domain). The real value is that we've compiled what we believe are the essential classic masterpieces and their translations. having these classics on your desktop and at your fingertips means you don't have to scour the web everytime you want to read them.

We could provide the links as you mentioned, but most online versions of these works are difficult to read. From the "Sneak Preview" I think you can see a definite difference in our quality and readability vs. regular online texts.

As far as Amazon is concerned, quite honestly, I'd rather more money went to our charities then to Amazon. nothing against Amazon, but one of our goals is to raise as much money as possible to write substantial donation checks to our pro-life charities. After all, that's what it's all about, right?

Keep the comments coming and God bless,


7:25 PM  
Anonymous Steve Bounds said...

I love what you guys do and I think the idea of spending Advent on a spiritual journey towards Christmas is great.

No matter what titles you include, I'm buying it! Can't wait.

- SB

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Amelia said...

You can't give an online book as a gift either. How would you wrap it!? :)

6:16 AM  
Blogger said...

Steve - That's the spirit. Thanks man.

Amelia - I know you're kidding around, but it's a good point. We originally intended the Spiritual Classics to be "Advent exercises" if you will for the people buying them. By meditating on these great writers, the hope is that your Christmas will be that much more meaningful.

As far as giving it as a gift you can always have someone else download it. As far as the wrapping -- I'd recommend wrapping it in love. :)

8:00 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thanks Jack ...
It is becoming more clear to me what you are doing here. This is a more realistic way for me to be able to read these. As a Mom of 2 boys, everytime I sit down my reading materials are 'somewhere else' in the house! So, they will always be at my fingertips on my laptop!
Thank you and your fellow ProLife staff for working so hard to share you devotion with us.
Your work makes a HUGE difference!!!
God bless you,

12:58 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Your work is awesome. I am so happy to see all your efforts promoting Spirituality and Life. I look forward to give these Classics as Advent gifts and of course spending time with them myself.

Easy to read online spiritual books are a great idea for many people.
Thank you so much.

2:44 PM  

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