The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul

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Salvation and spiritual perfection should not be sought haphazardly; a strategy is needed to win the battle for our souls.

The Spiritual Combat, first published in 1589, provides timeless guidance in spiritual discipline. St. Francis de Sales (1576–1622) read from it himself every day and recommended it to everyone under his direction.

Vigorous, realistic, and full of keen insight into human nature, The Spiritual Combat consists of short chapters based on the maxim that in the spiritual life one must either "fight or die." Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli shows the Christian how to combat his passions and vices, especially impurity and sloth, in order to arrive at victory.

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10 Reviews

  • 4
    Great spiritual tool

    Posted by Linda Richards on Dec 2nd 2023

    My book completely fell apart. So disappointing as I wanted to reread and then share it w others. Any way it could be replaced? I could send this one back so you could examine?

  • 5
    The Spiritual Combat

    Posted by Michael on Jul 10th 2023

    This timeless work is even more needed in these dark, Satanic times. We humans are under constant attack, not just by "invisible powers," but by the entire so-called "culture," Sobriety and prayer may bring us back to a truly Christian life. Penance for ourselves and for our fellow beings is the Way of the Cross. Thank you, TAN Books, for keeping these spiritual classics available in the "post-modern" age of diabolic infestation! God bless you all!

  • 5
    A Must Have

    Posted by Gene G on Jul 5th 2023

    Absolutely Essential for all !!!

  • 5
    I love it

    Posted by Unknown on Jun 23rd 2023

    Thank you

  • 5
    One of the Greats!

    Posted by Unknown on Jun 21st 2023

    If you enjoyed Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, you'll absolutely love this book. It is similar in format. It gives excellent spiritual direction on how to root out sin and gain peace. Every Catholic should own this book.

  • 4
    Spiritual combat

    Posted by Anna on May 24th 2023

    Would really like to find a pocket size one to carry around. Is there any chance there are some

  • 5
    Excellent. Very clear and concise.

    Posted by GEORGE F. on Dec 1st 2022

    Excellent. Very clear and concise. An all time classic

  • 5
    The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul

    Posted by Martha L. on Sep 25th 2022

    Excellent reading for meditation as you grow in your spiritual life.

  • 5
    Amazing Book for Spiritual Guidance

    Posted by Zach B. on Jul 31st 2022

    What is there to say about this book that hasn;t been said? It's simply amazing, with wisdom brimming from every page. Although it is old, it is written in an accessible way for those who are not avid readers. The author had a very clear grasp on human nature, virtue, and vice. Each chapter is short (about a page or two per chapter) yet says so much about each topic in the book. If you are looking to grow in virtue at all, get over any vice, or just become a better Catholic, this book is essential and will not steer you wrong. A little bit of knowledge about Catholic theology will go a long way in really pulling all the material presented together, yet again it is not so much that the average man will be alienated by the topics presented, and if you want to refresh those basics on Catholic theology before reading you can easily brush up on these topics by watching Fr. Ripperger;s videos on YouTube before reading (or of course opening a copy of any of St. Thomas Aquinas; works, especially the Summa Theologica). However, the above point should not deter any person from reading this book, that point is only made for the person who wants to absolutely get the most they can out of this book, it is still very easily understandable and priceless wisdom for any person.