Whether bishop or bridge-builder, whether housewife or professor, whether mechanic or Doctor of the Church—whoever it might be that takes up this book—the serious reader of The 12 Steps to Holiness and Salvation will nod his head in agreement: “Yes, this is what we all must do to be happy and holy in this world and to save our souls for all eternity.”Compiled from the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori—whose works many Popes have commanded to be published and read widely—this book develops in the most simple language, yet with the greatest learning, the 12 key virtues necessary for salvation: faith, hope, love of God, love of neighbor, poverty, chastity, obedience, meekness or humility, mortification, recollection, prayer, and self-denial or love of the cross. This book is written with such an encompassing view that its message is for all—religious or layman, the young or the old, the pious or the wayward. Not one paragraph is lacking some interesting and important point. Not one virtue is less well-expounded upon than another. Not one page can be omitted as extraneous. The reader will marvel at the balance, the simplicity, the learning, the interest, the calm and the holy unction that penetrate this work. And he will find himself repeatedly marking significant passages and returning to them again and again for instruction and edification. Here is a book, quite simply, for everyone who would save his soul.