No words of praise are needed and no recommendations are required to interest those who read spiritual books in the spirituality of the great 18th century Doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus, eminent moral theologian and founder of the Redemptorists. His writings are among the spiritual classics. The editor of the present volume has performed a great service for the reader in selecting all the essential material from the saint's writings, shorn of the authorities he was accustomed to cite in support of his counsels and observations, and presenting them in one piece. Reflections, meditations, counsels and formal instructions on mental prayer are offered under the following headings: Meditations on the Incarnation; Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament; Novena of the Holy Spirit; The Glories of Mary; On the Love of God and the Means to Acquire It; The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ Based on the Words of St. Paul, ""Charity is Patient, is Kind""; A Christian's Way of Life; On Prayer; Rest for Scrupulous Souls; Counsels from Which a Soul, When in Desolation, May Derive Comfort and Confidence; On Conformity to the Will of God. Here is the essence of Liguori's spirituality in a nutshell, in all its clarity, directness, all-embracing character, compassion, and almost exclusive emphasis on prayer.