One of the first books that I read upon the return to my faith, and one that has continued to have a lasting effect on my spiritual life was St Francis deSales Introduction to the Devout Life. The important thread that runs through this work is that this saint and Doctor of the Church explains how a life of devotion~devoutness~ is for everyone. God gives the grace, and if we cooperate with that grace it is possible for all of us, not just those called to religious life, to live a holy and devout life.
Follow this link to Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio's Crossroads Initiative site to read an excerpt from this treasure of a work on the spiritual life.
On this the feast day of this great saint and patron of writers, let those of us who share our thoughts and words on our blogs ask for St Francis' intercession that our words may always give glory to God.
One last note~ happy feast day to my blogging friend Colleen at Thoughts on Grace. St Francis deSales has chosen to accompany and be companion to her for this current year.