By meditating on personal examples from the author's life, as well as reflecting on the inspirational life and writings of Thomas Merton, stories from the Gospels, as well as the lives of other holy men and women (among them, Henri Nouwen, Therese of Lisieux, and Pope John XXIII), the listener will understand how becoming who you are, and becoming the person that God created, is a simple path to happiness, peace of mind and even sanctity.
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Father Martin's meditation on Thomas Merton helped me understand what Merton meant by the false self. It is the self we develop to hide our true self from friends, family and co-workers. It is the social self that attempts to appear hip, slick and cool when none of those things are true. The false self is a road block to finding who you truly are.
Becoming aware of your "true" and "false" is productive to your spiritual life.
The book was more on Fr. Martins life than it was Thomas Merton.
About the same.
John Tyler Gibson
This is an UNabridged version of this excellent, narrated by the Author, Fr. James Martin sj. Fr. Jim is the Curtural Editor of America magazine and I read his work regularly. His writing is nothing short of brilliant. So, I had very high expectations when I purchased this piece. I can honestly say that the audio book exceeded my expectations.
The expert interpretation or translation of Thomas Merton's writing and thinking. Fr. Martin provides is very enlightening even to an older person like me. I am a 73 year old retiree.
No other experience. But, if I discover any, I will acquire them immediately.
I intend to listen (and simultaneously read) a second time and in one sitting.
Intend to purchase all of Merton's work available in audiobooks.
The entire book is worth reading,,, but the last chapter is one of the most moving reads I have ever encountered . It is also one of the most practical applications of the writings of scholars and non-scholars I have ever read in my 72 years.
It's a fairly decent story. There is nothing profound. But...... If you listen as if it's a conversation then it's a quite enjoyable chat. Easy to listen to. No topic to heavy. I would listen to it again.
"Becoming Who You Are" was an excellent listen! It was superb inspiration on several mornings at the gym and on my walk to work. Fr. Jim Martin is one of the great translators of 20th century Catholic writers for the 21st century audience.
The subject is, I believe, fundamental, and I know first hand the pain that comes from not knowing oneself or how to pursue it. It is an awful darkness. It was also a little hard for me to hear of Jesus being spoken of in such a human manner, interesting that it bothered me. Guess I will be meditating on that ! Thank you Fr. Martin, I have gained a great deal from your books. The Jesuits Guide was the first "Catholic" book I read during my conversion and I refer to it when I have a difficult discernment. This book too will be one I continue to draw wisdom in my continuing walk toward sainthood !
James Martin shares his wisdom gained from his personal experiences and the written experiences of "Saints" of the Church. He points to a way of how we too may become a Saint! Yes, you!
No, not just the other guy but YOU!
"Helping to rekindle my Roman Catholic Faith"
Yes, it provided a number of points which allowed me to meditate/day dream/muse on. So much so, I have no doubt I will gain more from listening to it again as I have no doubt missed considerations.
The honesty. It shows how people who are far more intelligent, 'Holy' and greater humans than I were not always saints. They were human, they had faults and failings that emphasised the need to be kinder to ourselves and forgive ourselves.
There were many instances in the book that gave me much food for thought.
Five Stars for me as it was what I wanted/needed. I could see how if you did not want such information to meditate on, persons could mark it as 4 stars. If you want something to help focus your thought processes on trying to lead a good life according to the Christian Faith and would benefit from considering real people with real lives and real honest issues and how even the 'best and brightest' struggled with their spiritual lives throughout their lives, this is well worth considering. I took a lot from it. It points in many ways more to further questions than providing answers because we are all different.
"Simple, contemporary and profound"
Martin seems to have blended important principles from different popular Christian writers, mainly Merton and Neuwen, into Martin's own journey that relates to contemporary life. I think many will receive and digest important if not crucial messages passed on by these modern saints; that being help in identifying the subtle difference between the quench to attain, achieve and grow for reasons that are wholesome and true to ourselves and for reasons that are more to do with cravings and desires that are never satisfied and false. This book helps those who are searching to live authentically according to who we are, thereby attaining a deeply rich and fulfilling life that is re-connected with God, and written in a way where the average person in the street can understand.
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