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Let GoLet Go is a collection of some of the best of Fenelon’s spiritual letters, translated into contemporary English. Reading this work enables you to sit at the feet of a truly great saint. This work should be read in a devotional mood if it is to fulfill its purpose of revealing to the reader the spiritual wisdom, insights, and convictions of a true man of God.

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Excerpts from Let Go:

“We are never less alone than when we are in the company of a single faithful friend. We are never less deserted than when we are carried in the arms of the All-Powerful. Nothing is more comforting than the instant succor of God. What He sends by means of His creatures receives no virtue from that foul and barren channel. Rather, it owes everything to the Source. And so, when the fountain breaks forth within the heart itself, we have no need of the creature. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, has, in these last days, spoken to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1,2). Shall we then feel any regret that the feeble voice of the prophets has ceased? O how pure and powerful is the immediate voice of God in the soul! It is certain whenever Providence cuts off all the channels.”

“It is by the circumcision of the heart that we are made children and inheritors of the faith of Abraham. And this circumcision is necessary in order that we may, like him, leave our native country without knowing where we go. Blessed lot! To leave all and deliver ourselves up to the jealous care of God, Who is the knife of circumcision! Our own hand can accomplish nothing but superficial reforms. That is because we do not truly know ourselves. We cannot tell where to strike. We would never find the spot that the hand of God so readily finds. Furthermore, self-love holds back our hand and spares itself. It does not have the courage to wound itself deeply. And besides, the choice of the spot and the preparation for the blow deaden its force.

But the hand of God strikes in unexpected places, it finds the very joint of the armor and leaves nothing unscathed. Self-love then becomes the patient. Let it cry out. Yet, see to it that it does not stir under the hand of God, lest it interfere with the success of the operation. It must remain motionless beneath the knife. All that is required is fidelity in not refusing a single stroke.”

Fenelon: Biography

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Francois Fenelon was born in 1651 in France into a family of French nobility. He received a thorough education as a young boy. In 1667, at age 12, he was sent to the University of Cahors, where he studied rhetoric and philosophy. At a young age, he was very spiritually inclined, and so his relatives arranged for him to study theology at the College du Plessis. Fenelon exhibited such keenness of mind and deep spiritual inclination as a teenager that when he was 15, he was asked to give a public sermon.

Fenelon’s Life in the Church

When he was 24, Fenelon was ordained as a priest. Because he belonged to the nobility, he quickly rose through the church ranks.  In 1690, Fénelon was appointed to serve as the tutor of the young Duke of Burgundy, who stoody second in line of succession for the French throne. As tutor, Fénelon was charged with guiding the character formation of the man who later became king of France. He was well-suited to the task, and he shaped the charac-ter of the young duke in such a way that Fenelon received commendation even from his enemies. As tutor, he wrote several works for the benefit of the young duke.

The most famous of these works for the young duke was The Adventures of Telemachus, Son of Ulysses. Although written as a novel about the son of Ulysses, the work was actually a satire attacking the philosophy of the divine right of kings and of absolute monarchs. In Telemachus, Fenelon wrote, “Good kings are rare and the generality of monarchs bad.” 
The work was an immediate best seller, and it became one of the most famous works of the century.

In 1696, the King appointed Fenelon to become the archbishop of Cambrai, France, although he continued to serve as the tutor to the duke. While serving as archbishop, Fenelon had the opportunity to become the spiritual advisor of a small, but committed, number of men and women at the Court of Louis XIV, including the king himself. In fact, under Fenelon’s wise spiritual direction, Louis XIV sought to live a life of true spirituality in the midst of a court that was otherwise shamelessly immoral. Fenelon was also a friend and spiritual advisor to Madame Guyon. When her orthodoxy was attacked by the Church, Fenelon came to her defense. As a result of his defense of Madame Guyon, Fenelon was removed from his post as the duke’s tutor. <br> <br>

During his association with these people, Fenelon wrote them many letters, containing profound spiritual wisdom.  His spiritual letters have since been collected into book form, called Let Go, and they continue to inspire, challenge, and bless Christians in the 21st century.

Reviews of Let Go

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Reviews of Fenelon’s Let Go:

Stirring and Easy to Read

This stirring, easy-to-read book ought to be passed out in every English-speaking church in the world. The author, Francois de Salignac de La Mothe Fenelon, has written letters to people within the court of King Louis XIV on the practical matters of living out their faith in a secular world. Excerpts from those letters are translated in modern English for this book. The preface reads, “Consider turning to this book not primarily to expose your mind to idea, but rather to seek to enter into companionship with this friend of God.” That statement hints at the mystical quality of these letters. Fenelon urges us to live by faith through the empowering grace of Jesus Christ and to avoid loving knowledge to the extent that we may know more truth than we live. One letter is titled, “Our Knowledge Stands in the Way of Our Becoming Wise,” and in another letter, he writes, “We are in danger of evaluating our spiritual maturity on the basis of the amount of knowledge we have acquired.” That hits hard for someone who is more inclined to learn rather than to act. Fenelon says that the Lord is the God of truth and love, and we must act in love on the truth we know.

But there’s more in the book than this. Other titles include, “Advantages of Humility,” “Death of Self,” “The Sight of Our Imperfections Should Not Take Away Our Peace,” “True Friendships Are Founded Only in God,” and “Beware the Pride of Reasoning.” Don’t pass up meditating on this inspirational book.  PW

Speaks Directly to the Heart

This loose translation of Fenelon’s letters to friends speaks directly to the heart. Fenelon’s approach is “right attitudes will lead to correct thinking” instead of the more common approach of “right thinking will lead to correct attitudes.” Even the chapter titles will cause the remotely sensitive heart to reflect on its attitude towards other people and circumstances. My family is on its second generation of Fenelon writings and both generations have found Let Go to be an all time favorite.

A Serious Book for the Serious Christian

My mother found an old copy of the letters of Fenelon in a used book shop and paid a premium for them; little knowing that a inexpensive reprint was published for pennies! Next to the Scriptures and my childhood favorite, Pilgrim’s Progress, this book has had more of a positive effect on my Christian life and personal walk with the Lord than scores of other Christian books and devotionals. I would even rate it above My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is a serious book for the serious Christian desiring to walk in the Holy Spirit, yet translated to an easy-to-read format like the New Testament epistles (letters). Very practical advice for everyday Christian living and sanctification. We have purchased scores of copies and given them out for any and every purpose imaginable -Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Thank yous, Graduation, Hospitality, Sympathy, etc.

Timeless

This is not a book that you read once and put on your shelf. It’s one you go back to time and time again. Fenelon’s writings are timeless. They apply as much today to one’s life as I am sure they did many years ago. I have found much comfort in this book, I am sure you will too! TP

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Fenelon’s Spiritual Advice

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Spiritual Counsel from Fenelon’s Other Writings

What men stand most in need of, is the knowledge of God. They know, to be sure, by dint of reading, that history gives an account of a certain series of miracles and marked providences; they have reflected seriously on the corruption and instability of worldly things; they are even, perhaps, convinced that the reformation of their lives on certain principles of morality is desirable in order to their salvation; but the whole of the edifice is destitute of foundation; this pious and Christian exterior possesses no soul.

The living principle which animates every true believer, God, the all and in all, the author and the sovereign of all, is wanting. He is in all things infinite in wisdom, power, and love, and what wonder, if everything that comes from his hand should partake of the same infinite character and set at nought the efforts of human reason. When He works, his ways and his thoughts are declared by the prophet to be as far above our ways and our thoughts as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah iv. 9). He makes no effort when He would execute what He has decreed; for to Him all things are equally easy; He speaks and causes the heavens and the earth to be created out of nothing, with as little difficulty as he causes water to descend or a stone to fall to the ground. His power is co extensive with his will; when He wills, the thing is already accomplished.

God in Creation

When the Scriptures represent Him as speaking in the creation of the world, it is not to be understood as signifying that it was necessary that the word of command should issue from Him, in order that the universe he was about to create should hear and obey his will; that word was simple and interior, neither more nor less than the thought which he conceived of what He was about to do and the will to do it. The thought was fertile, and without being rendered exterior, begat from Him as the fountain of all life, the sum of the things that are. His mercy, too, is but his pure will; He loved us before the creation of the world; He saw and knew us, and prepared his blessings for us; He loved and chose us from all Eternity. Every new blessing we receive is derived from this Eternal origin; He forms no new will respecting us; it is not He that changes, but we.

Our Obligation to God

When we are righteous and good, we are conformable to his will and agreeable to Him; when we depart from well doing and cease to be good, we cease to be conformable to Him and to please Him. This is the immutable standard which the changeable creature is continually approaching and leaving. His justice against the wicked and his love towards the righteous are the same thing; it is the same quality that unites Him to everything that is good, and is incompatible with everything that is evil. Mercy is the goodness of God, beholding our wickedness and striving to make us good; perceived by us in time, it has its source in the eternal love of God for his creature. From Him alone proceeds true goodness; alas! for that presumptuous soul that seeks it in itself! It is God=s love towards us that gives us everything; but the richest of his gifts is that we may love Him with that love which is his due. When He is able by his love to produce that love in us, He reigns within; He constitutes there our life, our peace, our happiness, and we then already begin to taste that blissful existence which He enjoys. His love towards us is stamped with his own character of infinity: it is not like ours, bounded and constrained.

When He loves, all the measures of his love are infinite. He comes down from Heaven to earth to seek the creature of clay whom he loves; He becomes creature and clay with him; He gives him his flesh to eat. These are the prodigies of Divine love in which the Infinite outstrips all the affection we can manifest. He loves like a God, with a love utterly incomprehensible. It is the height of folly to seek to measure infinite love by human wisdom. Far from losing any element of its greatness in these excesses, He impresses upon his love the stamp of his own grandeur, while He manifests a delight in us bounded only by the infinite. O! how great and lovely is He in his mysteries! But we want eyes to see them, and have no desire to behold God in everything.

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