Over the last couple of days I’ve been reading an astonishing book - a book I’d never heard of, written by someone I’d never heard of. It is called The Gift of Oneself by Fr. Joseph Schryvers, C.Ss.R.
No details are given in the book about the author or even when the book was written, but since the book was translated from French in 1934 and the author refers to Elisabeth Leseur it would seem that it was most likely written in the 1920s or early 1930s.
The astonishing thing about this unknown book is that it is without the slightest shadow of doubt the best book on living the Christian life that I have ever read. If you’ve read Caussade, then the message is similar - but unlike in Caussade it is explained clearly, simply and without ambiguity. I have been searching for the answers that this book gives long before I started this blog in March this year. And suddenly I find they are given to me all at once.
As a result of reading this book, yesterday was the first day in my life in which I felt that I had spend the entire day, from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night, doing nothing but God’s will. Today (so far) is the second day. It is a wonderful feeling. Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ!
If you want to read this book, I advise you to buy it quickly - before stocks are exhausted by the huge order I am about to put in so that I can give copies to all my friends and relations.