“My Father, I put myself in your hands”, wrote Charles de Foucauld in his journal. “Whatever you make of me, I thank you, I am ready for everything, I accept everything, I thank you for everything.”

When he was killed by bandits in 1916, the French aristocrat-turned-monk was virtually unknown. Over the course of a century, however, the radiance of Foucauld’s hidden life has spread more and more, and the Church now recognizes him as a saint.

His youth and early adulthood read like a novel–the loss of his parents; his education in Paris, where he abandoned the faith of his childhood; his military career in French Algeria; and his exploration of Morocco. After a conversion at the age of twenty-eight, Foucauld was charged with a desire to surrender himself completely to God, leading him eventually to a life of prayer in the Algerian desert. There he devoted himself to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and charity toward his Muslim neighbours–even to the point of death.

Jean-Jacques Antier describes Foucauld’s dramatic, inspiring life in a vivid narrative style. He based his biography on the man’s writings and correspondence as well as interviews with numerous people who knew him.


About the Author

Jean-Jacques Antier has published more than fifty books, translated in eight languages. His many books include Martha Robin: The Still Journey and with Jean Guitton, The Mysterious Powers of Faith.


Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ignatius Press; 2nd Second Edition, Second ed. (11 April 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 375 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1621645150
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1621645153
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.44 x 2.46 x 22.76 cm