The success of this book is one of the most amazing stories in publishing history, for St. Th r se died at only age 24, after a nine-year hidden life as a cloistered Carmelite nun. Translated into many languages, The Story of a Soul quickly had a phenomenal reception, and millions of copies were distributed worldwide.
Written under obedience, the book conveys her secrets of great holiness achieved in ordinary life, teaching the "Little Way of Spiritual Childhood" her "elevator" to Heaven, as she called it. She continually shows us in this book how her "Little Way of love and confidence" comes straight from Sacred Scripture. This method has been approved and promulgated by Pope Pius XI as a way of holiness for all.
No Catholic should be ignorant of the mighty "little" Therese or her Little Way. The Story of a Soul is a book that belongs in every Catholic home.