About the Author
Frncois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fenelon, mostly know as Francois Fenelon authored some books but some of them destroyed by the order of pope at that time. One of his book The Royal Way of the Cross is enriching, as Christian Classics quotes his work as “This is not a book for the faint-hearted. Christians who are looking to be carried to the skies "on flowery beds of ease" will find no comfort here. Fenelon presents a spirituality that demands one's utmost” (Title IV). He is a French Roman Catholic Theologian, poet and writer. He today is remembered mostly as one of the main advocates of quietism and as the author of The Adventures of Telemachus, a scabrous attack on the French monarchy, first published in 1699.1 He is mostly known for his “Quietism”2, He rested in the Lord in 1715 till then he dedicated his life in writing theology more over books on spiritual enrichment still surviving for today in helping church.
Book, The Royal way of the Cross, is fifty two small chapters might be written in sense of guiding each week for a year in spirituality, these are basically letters put together for the benefit of the individuals. This books contains different subjects, like Conversion, Character, Prayer, Holy living, Self-denial, False notions of life, some parts of Psychology, Counseling and others. If this books has to summarized in the words of editor Hal M. Helms, “He (Fenelon) believed that God was in all things in his own life and in the lives of his readers – in things fair and things unfair, things pleasant and things unpleasant, and Fenelon invites us to share his way of looking life” (X). This is book is through Fenelon’s life and it challenges and encourages every reader undoubtedly.
Chapters 1-10; The basic stage of every believer is conversion experience. The relation with God and the ‘spiritual state before Him.’ These elements are mainly discussed, “your soul is more bare of heavenly treasure than that...