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To trust in God’s will is the “secret of happiness and content,” the one sure-fire way to attain serenity in this world and salvation in the next. Trustful Surrender simply and clearly answers questions that many Christians have regarding God’s will, the existence of evil, and the practice of trustful surrender, such as: How can God will or allow evil? (pg. 11) Why does God To trust in God’s will is the “secret of happiness and content,” the one sure-fire way to attain serenity in this world and salvation in the next. Trustful Surrender simply and clearly answers questions that many Christians have regarding God’s will, the existence of evil, and the practice of trustful surrender, such as: How can God will or allow evil? (pg. 11) Why does God allow bad things to happen to innocent people? (pg. 23) Why does God appear not to answer our prayers? (pg. 107) What is Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence? (pg. 85) and many more… This enriching classic will lay to rest many doubts and fears, and open the door to peace and acceptance of God’s will. TAN’s pocket-sized edition helps you to carry it wherever you go, to constantly remind yourself that God is guarding you, and He does not send you any joy too great to bear or any trial too difficult to overcome.  (144 pgs, PB.)


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To trust in God’s will is the “secret of happiness and content,” the one sure-fire way to attain serenity in this world and salvation in the next. Trustful Surrender simply and clearly answers questions that many Christians have regarding God’s will, the existence of evil, and the practice of trustful surrender, such as: How can God will or allow evil? (pg. 11) Why does God To trust in God’s will is the “secret of happiness and content,” the one sure-fire way to attain serenity in this world and salvation in the next. Trustful Surrender simply and clearly answers questions that many Christians have regarding God’s will, the existence of evil, and the practice of trustful surrender, such as: How can God will or allow evil? (pg. 11) Why does God allow bad things to happen to innocent people? (pg. 23) Why does God appear not to answer our prayers? (pg. 107) What is Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence? (pg. 85) and many more… This enriching classic will lay to rest many doubts and fears, and open the door to peace and acceptance of God’s will. TAN’s pocket-sized edition helps you to carry it wherever you go, to constantly remind yourself that God is guarding you, and He does not send you any joy too great to bear or any trial too difficult to overcome.  (144 pgs, PB.)

30 review for Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret of Peace and Happiness

  1. 5 out of 5

    booklady

    This is one of my favorite books on how to live out the Gospel message. It consists of extracts from larger works of Jesuits Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure (1588-1657) and St. Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682). Saint-Jure was the companion of the saintly Curé of Ars. De la Colombiere was the spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the visionary who received the message of devotion to the Sacred Heart. My favorite part of the entire book is the very last where part De la Colombiere insi This is one of my favorite books on how to live out the Gospel message. It consists of extracts from larger works of Jesuits Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure (1588-1657) and St. Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682). Saint-Jure was the companion of the saintly Curé of Ars. De la Colombiere was the spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the visionary who received the message of devotion to the Sacred Heart. My favorite part of the entire book is the very last where part De la Colombiere insists on what he calls ‘Obstinate Trust’. Here he tells us that the refusal we meet with to our prayers is ‘God’s stratagem to increase our fervor.’ We are reminded of how Our Lord treated the Canaanite woman, his seeming irritability with her importunity, which in reality was His admiration and delight for her trust and humility. De la Colombiere writes: ‘With what tenderness does he repulse those whom he most wishes to be indulgent to, hiding His clemency under a mask of cruelty! Take care not to be deceived by it. The more He seems to be unwilling, the more you must insist. Do as the woman of Canaan, use against him the very arguments He may have for refusing you.’ He suggests we pray much as she did, ‘I do not deserve the grace I ask, but I do not ask You to give me what I deserve, I ask it through the merits of my Redeemer. You ought to think more of Your Promises than of my unworthiness, and you will be unjust to Yourself if you give me only what I deserve. If I were worthier of Your benefits if would be less to Your glory to give me them. It is unjust to grant favors to a sinner, but I do not appeal to Your justice but to Your mercy.’ What cheek?! Telling God what His responsibilities are! Can you imagine doing that? But actually it isn’t telling God anything. It’s letting God know that I know who He is in relation to me. I can never really tell God anything as He knows everything. This prayer simply affirms God as God and me as His creature, utterly dependent on Him for everything. And He loves that trust I have in Him above all else. Obstinate Trust! Trustful Surrender. Read this back in 1998 and again 2008. This is one of those books which I will read over and over again and never get rid of.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Elmer

    This is a difficult book to “rate.” I have serious issues with some of the theology, and at one point was going to set it aside, feeling unable to read any more. But I did read more, and I have to say that although I disagree with parts, there are also parts that were very helpful, especially at this point in my life. I can see how a book like this (well, any book, really) would be more or less appreciated depending on one's life circumstances. In any case, it's a little book, and I've been carr This is a difficult book to “rate.” I have serious issues with some of the theology, and at one point was going to set it aside, feeling unable to read any more. But I did read more, and I have to say that although I disagree with parts, there are also parts that were very helpful, especially at this point in my life. I can see how a book like this (well, any book, really) would be more or less appreciated depending on one's life circumstances. In any case, it's a little book, and I've been carrying it around in my purse, reading and rereading sections, and I most likely will do that for some time to come. Some quotes: “We must consider it the action of a Providence unceasingly attentive to the welfare of His children, who feigns to abandon them in order to rouse them from slumber or increase their humility, self-distrust and self-renouncement, their confidence in God, submission to His will, and perseverance in prayer. Hence instead of allowing ourselves to become discouraged and fainthearted under trials which may seem to overwhelm us, let us act in the same way we do when our bodies are sick, consult a good doctor—a good spiritual director—and applying the remedies he advises, patiently await the effects that it pleases God to give. Everything is meant for our good, and such trials ought to be counted as special graces from God.” “For if He assigns to His creatures the end that He wills, and chooses the means which seem good to Him to lead them to it, the end He assigns them must be good and wise, nor can He direct them toward their end other than by good and wise means.” This is a quote that I will be thinking about for quite some time: “But Jesus said to him: Shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” In fact He attributed the suffering and ignominy of His Passion not to the Jews who accused Him, not to Judas who betrayed Him, nor to Pilate who condemned Him, nor to the soldiers who ill-treated and crucified Him, nor to the devil who incited them all, though they were the immediate causes of His sufferings, but to God, and to God not considered as a strict judge but as a loving and beloved Father. Let us never then attribute our losses, our disappointments, our afflictions, our humiliations to the devil or to men, but to God as their real source. 'To act otherwise,' says St. Dorothy, 'would be to do the same as a dog who vents his anger on the stone instead of putting the blame on the hand that threw it at him.' So let us be careful not to say 'So-in-so is the cause of my misfortune.' Your misfortunes are the work not of this or that person but of God. And what should give you reassurance is that God, the Sovereign Good, is guided in all His actions by His most profound wisdom for holy and supernatural purposes.” And finally, what may be my favorite quote from the book: “To obtain the help of Providence it should be your aim to cooperate, as it were, with the Fatherhood of God and bring up you children as He would wish them brought up, especially by showing them good example. Have the courage to lay aside all other ambition and let this be the only object of your care and desire. Then, whatever the number of your children, you can rest assured that their Heavenly Father will provide for them. He will watch over them and dispose all things for their happiness and welfare, and the more unreservedly you entrust their future to His hands, the greater will be His loving care for them. Avoid worrying, then, about anything else for your children except whatever may contribute to bringing them up virtuously. For the rest, having entrusted them to God try to see what His will for them is, to help them along the path in life He has chosen for them. Never be afraid of relying too much on Him, but rather seek always to increase your trust more and more, for this is the most pleasing homage you can pay Him and it will be the measure of the graces you will receive.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Siobhain

    I was expecting to love this book because I have a fondness for the author of the second portion of the book: Saint Claude de la Colombiere, S.J. This book will always remind me of my dear sister-in-law as I read it to her while she was in hospice. Hopefully, she didn't mind as she had no ability to tell me to stop if she did mind. Thankfully, each portion that I read gave me ideas of graces to pray for for her as well as for myself. In the end, my favorite portion of the book was Part II by Sai I was expecting to love this book because I have a fondness for the author of the second portion of the book: Saint Claude de la Colombiere, S.J. This book will always remind me of my dear sister-in-law as I read it to her while she was in hospice. Hopefully, she didn't mind as she had no ability to tell me to stop if she did mind. Thankfully, each portion that I read gave me ideas of graces to pray for for her as well as for myself. In the end, my favorite portion of the book was Part II by Saint Claude which is where the title of the book, "Trustful Surrender," comes from. I especially found helpful the reminder that lovingly accepting everyday trials helps us accept more difficult trials when they come our way. The instruction to pray for what we don't want as well as we want was insightful as well. For example, "Say to Him earnestly, 'Either give me so much money that my heart will be satisfied, or inspire me with such contempt for it that I no longer want it.'" This section particularly warmed my heart with insistence on trust in God and perseverance in prayer. The first section of the book I found thought-provoking and very challenging. In a nutshell, we are to see everything that happens to us as planned by God specifically for each one of us. Each trial or suffering that I have is specifically designed for me. I can accept this in my own life for the most part - still some struggle even there. However, what about child abuse, human trafficking, the poor Muslim women disfigured by acid throwing, and the young people abused by priests. Could God actually specifically choose this for someone? It is hard to accept. I can see these as the unfortunate outcome of free will used to harm others, but that allows me to imagine God with his hands behind his back but very sad about our plight. I won't say that Father Jean Baptiste Saint Jure, S.J. is wrong, but I would probably need to read this part of the book three of four more times to really understand the point he is making. I recommend this for those who need inspiration and reminders on how to submit to God's Will and Divine Providence and why it is importance even in very difficult times.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina Jaloway

    I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially if you're going through a period of spiritual difficulty or intense suffering. Excerpt (from part 2, written by Bl. Claude de la Colombiere, S.J.): "We trust ourselves to a doctor because we suppose he knows his business. He orders an operation which involves cutting away part of our body and we accept it. We are grateful to him and pay him a large fee because we judge he would not act as he does unless the remedy were necessary, and we must I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially if you're going through a period of spiritual difficulty or intense suffering. Excerpt (from part 2, written by Bl. Claude de la Colombiere, S.J.): "We trust ourselves to a doctor because we suppose he knows his business. He orders an operation which involves cutting away part of our body and we accept it. We are grateful to him and pay him a large fee because we judge he would not act as he does unless the remedy were necessary, and we must rely on his skill. Yet we are unwilling to treat God in the same way! It looks as if we do not trust His wisdom and are afraid He cannot do His job properly. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a man who may easily make a mistake--a mistake which may cost us our life--and protest when God sets to work on us."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Excellent book about accepting and doing God's will in every aspect of your life. It's similar to St. Alphonso Liguori's Uniformity with God's Will but I think this was even better and offered a lot of practical insight and suggestions. The main theme of the book is the idea that everything that happens, joys, sorrows, trials, sufferings, punishments, come from God. Now God obviously doesn't will for evil to occur, but nothing in the world happens without him allowing it so he allows it for own g Excellent book about accepting and doing God's will in every aspect of your life. It's similar to St. Alphonso Liguori's Uniformity with God's Will but I think this was even better and offered a lot of practical insight and suggestions. The main theme of the book is the idea that everything that happens, joys, sorrows, trials, sufferings, punishments, come from God. Now God obviously doesn't will for evil to occur, but nothing in the world happens without him allowing it so he allows it for own good. A related quote from the book, "There is no tribulation or temptation whose limits God has not appointed so as to serve not for our destruction but for our salvation." Another good quote, "Let us imagine our confusion when we appear before God and understand the reasons why He sent us the crosses we accept so unwillingly. The death of a child will then be seen as its rescue from some great evil had it lived, separation from the woman you love the means of saving you from an unhappy marriage, a severe illness the reason for many years of life afterwards, loss of money the means of saving your soul from eternal loss. So what are we worried about? God is looking after us and yet we are full of anxiety! We trust ourselves to a doctor because we suppose he knows his business. He orders an operation which involves cutting away part of our body and we accept it. We are grateful to him and pay him a large fee because we judge he would not act as he does unless the remedy were necessary, and we must rely on his skill. Yet we are unwilling to treat God in the same way! It looks as if we do not trust His wisdom and are afraid He cannot do His job properly. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a man who may easily make a mistake—a mistake which may cost us our life—and protest when God sets to work on us." One more good one, "If we could see all He sees we would unhesitatingly wish all He wishes. We would beg Him on bended knees for those afflictions we now ask Him to spare us." This is one of the best books I've read and I would recommend it to all Christians. I plan to read it again in the near future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kenda Rollins

    I loved this book. Only that I read it sooner!

  7. 4 out of 5

    MARY GRACE

    It isn’t enough to read this little book just once; it is something that must be returned to and meditated on constantly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is one of the best spiritual books I've ever read, but requires a huge amount of context to understand. The theme is that everything happens for a reason and we should give thanks to God in every circumstance (even through darkness, persecution, suffering). But it takes years of surrender, and the transforming love of his Holy Spirit, to see his providence at work through every circumstance of your life. I certainly struggled with this for a long time, but my current trust is based on seein This is one of the best spiritual books I've ever read, but requires a huge amount of context to understand. The theme is that everything happens for a reason and we should give thanks to God in every circumstance (even through darkness, persecution, suffering). But it takes years of surrender, and the transforming love of his Holy Spirit, to see his providence at work through every circumstance of your life. I certainly struggled with this for a long time, but my current trust is based on seeing what he has done, what my past sufferings have prepared me for. I don't question his goodness, I ask only that my heart will always be open to it. This book sums up so many sentiments in my heart right now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    I will be reading this, again, and again, and again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    Our mantra should be “Jesus I surrender myself to You, take care of everything”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Terry Medearis

    I found this book very distressing and incompatible with the concept of "Free will" as well as an all loving, merciful God. For example: P. 13 “When God co-operates with the person who attacks or robs you, He doubtless intends to deprive you of health or goods because you are making a wrong use of them and they will be harmful to your soul” So… a person who is robbed is murdered (attacked) or robbed is receiving a just punishment from God, because the person has been doing something wrong? Sounds I found this book very distressing and incompatible with the concept of "Free will" as well as an all loving, merciful God. For example: P. 13 “When God co-operates with the person who attacks or robs you, He doubtless intends to deprive you of health or goods because you are making a wrong use of them and they will be harmful to your soul” So… a person who is robbed is murdered (attacked) or robbed is receiving a just punishment from God, because the person has been doing something wrong? Sounds like a vengeful God. P. 19 – “Let us never then attribute our losses, our disappointments, our afflictions, our humiliations to the devil or to men, but to God as their real source….. Your misfortunes are the work not of this or that person but of God.” So how does free will and the responsibility thereof play into this? This seems in conflict with Catechism 311: “ God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil." P. 81 “ and just as for the love of God we have forbidden our will to use its freedom of choice, for the same reason we ought to deny our mind the freedom of discussion and judgment”. So, how are we to know what to do if we deny our mind freedom of judgment?

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.

    You'd think that such a small and thin book would be unimpressive, however I can assure you if you read it slowly and reflectively it is probably a banquet of wisdom! This book ought to be called, "A Commentary To Jesus First Commandment" or "What The Love of God Entails" because, this short book really does hit it home. This book is a book for everyone but most of all those who yearn for God. If you can or need help recognizing God's Providence or Conforming To His Providence and Realizing You You'd think that such a small and thin book would be unimpressive, however I can assure you if you read it slowly and reflectively it is probably a banquet of wisdom! This book ought to be called, "A Commentary To Jesus First Commandment" or "What The Love of God Entails" because, this short book really does hit it home. This book is a book for everyone but most of all those who yearn for God. If you can or need help recognizing God's Providence or Conforming To His Providence and Realizing You Deep-Seated Desires Through Following His Will This Book is most definitely for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    The last paragraph of the book says it all. “Let us then trust ourselves entirely to God and His Providence and leave Him complete power to order our lives, turning to Him lovingly in every need and awaiting His help without anxiety. Leave everything to Him and He will provide us with everything, at the time and in the place and in the manner best suited. He will lead us on our way to that happiness and peace of mind for which we are destined in this life as a foretaste of the everlasting happine The last paragraph of the book says it all. “Let us then trust ourselves entirely to God and His Providence and leave Him complete power to order our lives, turning to Him lovingly in every need and awaiting His help without anxiety. Leave everything to Him and He will provide us with everything, at the time and in the place and in the manner best suited. He will lead us on our way to that happiness and peace of mind for which we are destined in this life as a foretaste of the everlasting happiness we have been promised.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hee-jung Cranford

    This book moved my soul. Thanks to our friend Neish who gave this book as a gift a few years ago. Reading it again, it's so unrelentingly Catholic to conform to God's Will. It explains why our prayers aren't being answered, and how to embrace and seek challenges/failures/sufferings/illnesses/struggles as beautiful gifts from God. I'd take this book and the Scripture if they were the only two I could possess. A must read! Can't wait to read it again next year. :-) This book moved my soul. Thanks to our friend Neish who gave this book as a gift a few years ago. Reading it again, it's so unrelentingly Catholic to conform to God's Will. It explains why our prayers aren't being answered, and how to embrace and seek challenges/failures/sufferings/illnesses/struggles as beautiful gifts from God. I'd take this book and the Scripture if they were the only two I could possess. A must read! Can't wait to read it again next year. :-)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Stevens

    Quite literally one of the most important books I have ever read. The clear wisdom described in this book, which is of course contained in Scripture but spelled out so plainly here, has gotten me through some very hard times in my life. God is ALWAYS in control. And he ALWAYS loves us. And no matter what happens, no matter how bad, it's for the good. Hard truth, but comforting, too. Quite literally one of the most important books I have ever read. The clear wisdom described in this book, which is of course contained in Scripture but spelled out so plainly here, has gotten me through some very hard times in my life. God is ALWAYS in control. And he ALWAYS loves us. And no matter what happens, no matter how bad, it's for the good. Hard truth, but comforting, too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard Grebenc

    A wonderful little book for spiritual growth and development that can fit into a breast pocket or purse. Short sections can be savored in five minute increments providing a thought-provoking and meditative start to or pause in the day. The conviction that surrender to divine providence will provide peace and happiness will be made clear or reinforced in this short but powerful work.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    A wonderful little book. To be honest. Some of the things said in this book are hard for a fallen nature to swallow, yet all is challenging, comforting, and undeniably true. God is good. We must trust him in everything and all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Absolutely the best book I have ever read on how to cope with a terrible situation in the darkest depths of despair. I recommend this book to ANYONE trying to find answers to help them understand pain better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annabellissima

    This book changed my life. Taught me how to trust God, and to realize His Will in EVERYTHING. Helped me to get through a very, very difficult (maybe THE most difficult) time in my life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    There is no such thing as a coincidence. Everything happens for a reason.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Answers the most questions of what Christians usually think about: unanswered prayers, adversities, and even death of self. It boils down to surrendering ourselves to what God wills for us especially when we don't already understand what's going on in our lives. Answers the most questions of what Christians usually think about: unanswered prayers, adversities, and even death of self. It boils down to surrendering ourselves to what God wills for us especially when we don't already understand what's going on in our lives.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brigid

    Amazing book. I would suggest this to anyone!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    10 stars!! Life changing...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terry Buchanan

    Absolutely fantastic

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul H. Rogers

    Good A good devotional book. One reading a day would be good. The writings regard the Christian life. The choices are well chosen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Interesting little book on how to accept suffering from the hand of God and never complain about your circumstances.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susie Kellogg

    This book will change your life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Excellent read!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Thompson

    I will live in the divine providence of God This book was very insightful. It gave me a peace that surpasses all understanding. I know that in all things I can give thanks

  30. 4 out of 5

    Azteca Yo

    Makes you reflect on what you know. Great Teachings!

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