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This TAN Books edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis de Montfort, features the complete text of the title, along with a supplemental reading section entitled “The Classics Made Simple: True Devotion to Mary.” We’ve also included unique hand-selected classic artwork for the reader’s enjoyment, exclusive to this eBook edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” from T This TAN Books edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis de Montfort, features the complete text of the title, along with a supplemental reading section entitled “The Classics Made Simple: True Devotion to Mary.” We’ve also included unique hand-selected classic artwork for the reader’s enjoyment, exclusive to this eBook edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” from TAN Books. The Secret of the Rosary: Probably the finest book ever written about the Rosary; appeals to all ages. Shows the great spiritual power of the Rosary, which is appreciated by few. Tells why the Rosary is the most important private prayer. Canon William says of De Montfort's book, "It goes far beyond mere research. We might say that it contains everything that can be said about the Rosary–its content and form, its real worth, about the instruction necessary for its appreciation and use." Over 5,300,000 sold! Imprimatur. The Classics Made Simple: True Devotion to Mary: TAN Classics Made Simple booklets are designed to give you an orientation course before you embark on an exploration of the great works of Catholic literature found in our best selling TAN Classics line.


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This TAN Books edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis de Montfort, features the complete text of the title, along with a supplemental reading section entitled “The Classics Made Simple: True Devotion to Mary.” We’ve also included unique hand-selected classic artwork for the reader’s enjoyment, exclusive to this eBook edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” from T This TAN Books edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis de Montfort, features the complete text of the title, along with a supplemental reading section entitled “The Classics Made Simple: True Devotion to Mary.” We’ve also included unique hand-selected classic artwork for the reader’s enjoyment, exclusive to this eBook edition of “The Secret of the Rosary” from TAN Books. The Secret of the Rosary: Probably the finest book ever written about the Rosary; appeals to all ages. Shows the great spiritual power of the Rosary, which is appreciated by few. Tells why the Rosary is the most important private prayer. Canon William says of De Montfort's book, "It goes far beyond mere research. We might say that it contains everything that can be said about the Rosary–its content and form, its real worth, about the instruction necessary for its appreciation and use." Over 5,300,000 sold! Imprimatur. The Classics Made Simple: True Devotion to Mary: TAN Classics Made Simple booklets are designed to give you an orientation course before you embark on an exploration of the great works of Catholic literature found in our best selling TAN Classics line.

30 review for The Secret of the Rosary (with Supplemental Reading: (The Classics Made Simple: True Devotion to Mary) [Illustrated]

  1. 5 out of 5

    booklady

    Rereading The Secret of the Rosary was a pleasant surprise. I don’t remember it affecting me so much the first time. Then I thought it just sounded a bit dated. De Montfort’s pious stories—included to convince one of the value and efficacy of the rosary—didn’t. I was already a devotee. This time, although I still didn’t need any reasons (to pray the rosary or pray it well) the vignettes were encouraging in showing the commonality of our struggles to remain faithful to a lifetime of prayer. I was Rereading The Secret of the Rosary was a pleasant surprise. I don’t remember it affecting me so much the first time. Then I thought it just sounded a bit dated. De Montfort’s pious stories—included to convince one of the value and efficacy of the rosary—didn’t. I was already a devotee. This time, although I still didn’t need any reasons (to pray the rosary or pray it well) the vignettes were encouraging in showing the commonality of our struggles to remain faithful to a lifetime of prayer. I was delighted to read the explanation of the origin and meaning of the Angelic Salutation, which is the name St. Louis gives to the “Hail Mary”. Chapters are numbered roses corresponding to the fifty beads on a rosary. We’re encouraged to see our prayers as lovely flowers we can present to Our Lady to decorate the Heavenly Gardens. Although perhaps just sweet mental images, these can help visualize abstract concepts. Some of the information on prayer was general, the rest specific to the rosary; most was at least somewhat familiar, but all good to review: value of prayer, how and what to pray for, importance of communal prayer and techniques to improve individual and group meditation. Also, the methods for saying/offering the mysteries at the end of the book and virtue(s) associated with each are something I plan to start using. My favorite parts of the book were the explanations of the Creed, Our Father and Hail Mary. Although called, The Secret of the Rosary, there are no real secrets aside from the power, beauty and simplicity of this ancient prayer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The following paragraph from the 47th Rose summarizes why you should/shouldn't read this book: "[I]f you want to lead a fashionable life and belong to the world- by this I mean if you do not mind falling into mortal sin from time to time and then going to Confession, and if you wish avoid conspicuous sins which the world considers vile and yet at the same time commit 'respectable sins'- then, of course, there is no need for you to say so many prayers and Rosaries. You only need to do very little The following paragraph from the 47th Rose summarizes why you should/shouldn't read this book: "[I]f you want to lead a fashionable life and belong to the world- by this I mean if you do not mind falling into mortal sin from time to time and then going to Confession, and if you wish avoid conspicuous sins which the world considers vile and yet at the same time commit 'respectable sins'- then, of course, there is no need for you to say so many prayers and Rosaries. You only need to do very little to be 'respectable': a tiny prayer at night and morning, an occasional Rosary which may be given to you for your penance, a few decades of Hail Marys said on your Rosary (but haphazardly and without concentration) when it suits your fancy to say them- this is quite enough. If you did less, you might be branded as a freethinker or a profligate; if you did more, you would be eccentric and a fanatic. But if you want to lead a true Christian life and genuinely want to save your soul and walk in the saints' footsteps and never, never, fall into mortal sin- if you wish to break Satan's traps and divert his flaming darts, you must always pray as Our Lord taught and commanded you to do." This book is very challenging. It challenges you to engage in this prayer. The Rosary is an ancient practice that sometimes seems is only seen through people wearing the Rosary as a necklace, giving no notice to its spiritual import, or through groups before Mass who blast through the 5 decades like nobodies business. In this book, St. Montfort supplies us with a spiritual history of the practice, and a breakdown of the prayers and mysteries associated with the sacramental. I especially like the shorter Montfort Method (Method #2) which adds words to the Hail Mary in an attempt to aid with the meditation on the individual mysteries. All in all, a great read for anyone interested in this great practice. And a true challenge to those who wish to plum these depths further.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Gabriel Raphael

    Very powerful exhortation from this small book to love and pray the Rosary. Never underestimate such the impact. Once I finished this book, I ended up reciting the mysteries of the Rosary for long hours daily. I was even motivated by love for Jesus and Mary to add Luminous mysteries in my Rosary even though Saint Louis de Montfort recommended 15 decades. 20 decades of the Rosary (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous mysteries) could last for two hours if contemplation and meditation are incl Very powerful exhortation from this small book to love and pray the Rosary. Never underestimate such the impact. Once I finished this book, I ended up reciting the mysteries of the Rosary for long hours daily. I was even motivated by love for Jesus and Mary to add Luminous mysteries in my Rosary even though Saint Louis de Montfort recommended 15 decades. 20 decades of the Rosary (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous mysteries) could last for two hours if contemplation and meditation are included. I would not mind reading this book again if I were to find my enthusiasm for the Rosary cool down.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I have a greater understanding of the depth of the Rosary, and I probably will be saying it more often. It's a motivation, not a Magic Bullet to find the time, unfortunately; that's not its point. A person still needs to adjust their priorities. This little volume encourages one to do just that. I have a greater understanding of the depth of the Rosary, and I probably will be saying it more often. It's a motivation, not a Magic Bullet to find the time, unfortunately; that's not its point. A person still needs to adjust their priorities. This little volume encourages one to do just that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christy Kellner

    Very quick read. Beautiful story regarding the power of the Rosary and how much the Church honors, respects, reveres Mary! Did you know she is the one person the Devil fears the most? Ever think that's why the Protestants and some Catholics tend to dismiss her power, her glory, and her strength. The Devil doesn't want you to know that she is his #1 human enemy. That by asking for her help, she helps to defeat evil! Her son, always obeying the commandment of "honor thy mother", never denies her r Very quick read. Beautiful story regarding the power of the Rosary and how much the Church honors, respects, reveres Mary! Did you know she is the one person the Devil fears the most? Ever think that's why the Protestants and some Catholics tend to dismiss her power, her glory, and her strength. The Devil doesn't want you to know that she is his #1 human enemy. That by asking for her help, she helps to defeat evil! Her son, always obeying the commandment of "honor thy mother", never denies her requests. Remember the wedding at Cana or how about what she said to the disciples during his Passion, or what about her beautiful magnificat? Since Christians have eternal life, Mary and the Saints are not dead. They have a direct pipeline to the Father. If you ask people in your Church, friends and family to pray for you, why not also ask Mary and the Saints? They are tugging on the Father's coat, they have his ear and attention. They are saying, "That person has asked me to ask you for help. - Help them Father!"

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Patrick

    father montfort suggests on page 92, don't forget to ask for special graces, and pause, slow down when praying the rosary. This was a summary of good advice. To critic the book, I don't mind entering into montfort's dimension, therein, a spiritual dimension, even though the criticism is sometimes out dated. how does the advice work for me? perhaps, helping me knowing to pray often; my dimension has stretched to how many times I pray, the Ava Maria , on the awakening hour in the morning, at drivin father montfort suggests on page 92, don't forget to ask for special graces, and pause, slow down when praying the rosary. This was a summary of good advice. To critic the book, I don't mind entering into montfort's dimension, therein, a spiritual dimension, even though the criticism is sometimes out dated. how does the advice work for me? perhaps, helping me knowing to pray often; my dimension has stretched to how many times I pray, the Ava Maria , on the awakening hour in the morning, at driving to work, to bed time. This can be relaxing, even when busy, using pause and relax...it all adds up.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Esteph

    this books was really good and very enlighting i learned a lot about the rosary and how important it really is. I would really recommend this book to anyone who wanted to find their spiritual path. It teaches many things and how much our beloved Holy Mother of God loves and cares for us. It shows us how much she can do for us if we only ask for it with complete love, faith, and devotion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    A wonderful small glimpse into the Catholic life of the 17th Century. A very fast read focused on converting the original readers to praying the Rosary (somewhat outdated to modern sensibilities). But the overall theme is true: that the Rosary is the most focused and preferred devotion to Mary, and its effectiveness lies in the simplicity of its two main prayers, the Our Father, and Hail Mary.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Super concise, to the point, yet uber inspiring read. Practical yet so critical... so marvelous. Someone told me I would never regret reading this book, and I don't. St. Louis de Montfort is the best. I think this is even better than his True Devotion, and I was absolutely blown away by that. Super concise, to the point, yet uber inspiring read. Practical yet so critical... so marvelous. Someone told me I would never regret reading this book, and I don't. St. Louis de Montfort is the best. I think this is even better than his True Devotion, and I was absolutely blown away by that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thadeus

    This book was critical in helping me understand the history, reasons, and importance of the Holy Rosary. If you have any hesitations or questions about the value of meditating on the mysteries of the Lord in this manner, I highly recommend that you read. Outstanding book! Highly recommended for those wanting to grow in their spiritual life and those with questions about the Rosary.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about Catholcism and the importance and beautiful benefits of praying the Rosary. Highly Recommended!!!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Pray the Rosary! If I learned nothing else from this book beside that one idea it would have been worthwhile! The rosary has always been a struggle for me...it's kind of like going to confession; you dread going but once it's all over you wonder why you don't do it more frequently because it makes you feel so great! This book has kind of lit me on fire though, not just because of how it explains the benefits of praying the rosary ( and there are a LOT), but also because of the fact that it shows Pray the Rosary! If I learned nothing else from this book beside that one idea it would have been worthwhile! The rosary has always been a struggle for me...it's kind of like going to confession; you dread going but once it's all over you wonder why you don't do it more frequently because it makes you feel so great! This book has kind of lit me on fire though, not just because of how it explains the benefits of praying the rosary ( and there are a LOT), but also because of the fact that it shows how it can be accessible to average people like myself. I'm no saint and I may get distracted but the Blessed Mother still loves to have me come to her. It's kind of like a small child who comes to their parents with a scribbled drawing. It may not look like much but it came from the child's heart and, as he or she grows older, the drawings will get better and better with all the practice the child put in! If we just start out small eventually we will be happily and devotedly offering up rosaries to Our Lady! When I started reading the book I managed to squeeze out a decade a day and now, I'm getting out five whole mysteries with a decent amount of consistency.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    3.5/5 Spiritual reflections on the rosary, its value, how to pray it most profitably, and many stories about miracles worked for those who prayed it. As a priest, I found some great material for preaching devotion to the rosary. Overall, I found the book a mixed bag, with some stories or insights that were deeply moving, and others that seemed a bit over the top. I would especially recommend the sections near the end about how to deal with distractions at prayer, and about methods to meditate more 3.5/5 Spiritual reflections on the rosary, its value, how to pray it most profitably, and many stories about miracles worked for those who prayed it. As a priest, I found some great material for preaching devotion to the rosary. Overall, I found the book a mixed bag, with some stories or insights that were deeply moving, and others that seemed a bit over the top. I would especially recommend the sections near the end about how to deal with distractions at prayer, and about methods to meditate more fruitfully on the mysteries of the rosary (in the very last pages of the book).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    It's a great spiritual read that will help you gain a lot of insight on the beauty and depth of the rosary. I am an avid devotee to the rosary, but this has touched me on so many more levels. I would like to purchase this book in bulks and distribute, because everyone deserves to have access about this book and KNOW about it. It's a short read, but you won't want to read it quickly. I just finished it, but I would like to read it again. It's a great spiritual read that will help you gain a lot of insight on the beauty and depth of the rosary. I am an avid devotee to the rosary, but this has touched me on so many more levels. I would like to purchase this book in bulks and distribute, because everyone deserves to have access about this book and KNOW about it. It's a short read, but you won't want to read it quickly. I just finished it, but I would like to read it again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    J.

    This book is a well organized book, it takes you through the Historical and Spiritual Significance of the Holy Rosary. It was a pleasure to read to read, and if anyone asks me what is a good book on the Rosary I would probably recommend this short book, now if I were to join this book with the Papal Marian Encyclicals and Writings you would have a formidable force for understanding the Holy Rosary and sharpen your Devotion to this Powerful Sacramental.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Becker

    Wow, St. Louis de Monfort, you were one feisty, feisty individual... so that's pretty great. Meanwhile, my reading experience here found this book intermittently dated-ish and timeless, confusing and crystal clear, incredibly helpful/beautiful and yet losing me at times, so basically, a fair depiction of life and religion in general. I suspect it will be better yet upon subsequent readings. Wow, St. Louis de Monfort, you were one feisty, feisty individual... so that's pretty great. Meanwhile, my reading experience here found this book intermittently dated-ish and timeless, confusing and crystal clear, incredibly helpful/beautiful and yet losing me at times, so basically, a fair depiction of life and religion in general. I suspect it will be better yet upon subsequent readings.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I seem to recall that I had a copy of this years before I became Catholic, along with a little booklet about the Mass. After I converted I bought several books about the rosary but this was the one that meant the most to me. The size of this book is small. The wealth of material for meditation is vast. A book that repays repeated readings over the years.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kevin de Ataíde

    A most pious preaching of the holy Rosary, with the various stories and traditions connected with it since the Dominican missions of the thirteenth centuries. Recommended to all Catholics, indeed to all Christians. Pick up your rosaries. All fifteen mysteries, as and when possible.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Morton

    Louis de Montfort's classic pamphlet provides a window into the historical and mystical background to praying the Rosary. Necessary reading for all who want to understand this crucial aspect of Catholic devotion and belief. Louis de Montfort's classic pamphlet provides a window into the historical and mystical background to praying the Rosary. Necessary reading for all who want to understand this crucial aspect of Catholic devotion and belief.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ibe Innocent

    This is a master piece. In this book, the role of Mary, the Queen of heaven and Earth is displayed. Also to see is the effect of being a Heretic. Heretics are possessed by demons as is well demonstrated in the book. Just get it and read, it says more than i've done This is a master piece. In this book, the role of Mary, the Queen of heaven and Earth is displayed. Also to see is the effect of being a Heretic. Heretics are possessed by demons as is well demonstrated in the book. Just get it and read, it says more than i've done

  21. 5 out of 5

    Corry Hinckley

    This book has such beautiful illustrations and lovely writing. It helped me get comfortable with ritual when I was younger, and now ritual is such a huge part of my life. The images and prayers helped me so much to focus my sadness when my mom died. I adore this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    George

    Approachable from any literate age group. Simple, insightful. Gives insight into the true cause of the black death.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have this sitting next to my bed. Skyler loves looking at the cover too. I swear that kid is gonna be Catholic, I keep telling Britney. He's mesmerized by pictures of the Virgin Mary. I have this sitting next to my bed. Skyler loves looking at the cover too. I swear that kid is gonna be Catholic, I keep telling Britney. He's mesmerized by pictures of the Virgin Mary.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Inspired me to pray the rosary on a regular basis, would highly recommend. The stories in there are just beautiful and amazing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Derrick Gibson

    A nice small book that helps to pray the Rosary. It is very small and short but basically covers all the aspects needed to pray the Rosary.

  26. 4 out of 5

    TRE

    Wasn't expecting the miracle histories, but they're interesting nonetheless. Glad they mentioned the problem of being distracted by the monotony of the prayers, that happens to me a lot. Wish it would have touched more on this, the mindfulness of meditating on mysteries seemed to be rushed toward the end. Wasn't expecting the miracle histories, but they're interesting nonetheless. Glad they mentioned the problem of being distracted by the monotony of the prayers, that happens to me a lot. Wish it would have touched more on this, the mindfulness of meditating on mysteries seemed to be rushed toward the end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anita Santana

    This is a beautiful book! Please read it to learn more about and be inspired to say the Holy Rosary!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Love this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    A great short read on the rosary with many great anecdotal stories and advice on how to persevere in prayer of the rosary.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    The positives: this was translated very well into English, making it clear and easy to read. There is much in here to help motivate a more regular and reverent praying of the rosary, the latter which is what motivated me to read this. The negatives: warning-while this is spiritually rich, it also has quite a lot of "old Catholic tradition" that helped influence the Reformation! More specifically, there's a couple parts that literally say you can BUY your way into heaven by how many Our Fathers a The positives: this was translated very well into English, making it clear and easy to read. There is much in here to help motivate a more regular and reverent praying of the rosary, the latter which is what motivated me to read this. The negatives: warning-while this is spiritually rich, it also has quite a lot of "old Catholic tradition" that helped influence the Reformation! More specifically, there's a couple parts that literally say you can BUY your way into heaven by how many Our Fathers and Hail Marys you say in this life! This, of course, is not true, and is an aspect of Catholicism I never understood as at best it minimizes and even negates the cross of Christ. If we can be saved by how many prayers we say, why did He then die for our sins at Calvary? This line of thought along with plenty about indulgences in this writing reminded me of the "dark side" of Catholicism. What I also learned in reading this is that even Catholic tradition changes. I'm not even talking about Vatican 2 here, but even the rosary has changed a bit. I found it quite fascinating how most of this talks about just the Our Father's and Hail Mary's and when the Glory Be's are first finally mentioned it's as an aside and in the footnotes it says St. Louis likely added this himself. The Fatima prayer was a couple hundred years off yet and the Lumious mysteries were not added until the 21st century. So maybe, if things keep evolving, we'll need more beads on our strings!

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