St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Society of Jesus (aka the Jesuits), was known for his practical spirituality. The "way of Ignatius" has helped millions of people - from the doubtful seeker to the devout believer - find freedom, make friends, live simply, work sensibly, fall in love, experience joy, and enter into a relationship with God.
The Ignatian goal of "finding God in all things" eans that every part of our lives can lead us to God. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything shows us how this is possible, with user-friendly examples, humorous stories and anecdotes from the heroic and inspiring lives of Jesuit saints and average priests and brothers, as well as examples from Martin's twenty years as a Jesuit. The traditional wisdom that Jesuits use to help other people in their daily lives is easily applied, but not often explained well to the general public. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything translates these insights of St. Ignatius for a modern audience and reveals how we can find God - and how God can find us - in the real world of work, love, suffering, decisions, prayer, and friendship.
©2011 James Martin, S.J. (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I bought this book in the Laguardia Airport book store. It resonated with me on my spiritual life, how to pray and my relationship with God. I am not Catholic so I was not prepared for the practical Christian spirituality that James Martin conveys in this book.
I was headed in the wrong direction, away from God and this book literally turned me around. I am in a much better place and on a better path because of the impact this book had on my life.
I bought the audio book to re-listen to it for more insights I may have missed on the 1st reading.
The title of the book is absolutely true.
Absolutely. It is so centering to hear Fr. Jim read this wonderful book. I use it before sleep, in the car, while working on other projects. It helps me practice Ignatian Spirituality daily.
Every section is helpful in it's own way, but what I find myself returning to again and again, are the sections on poverty, chastity and obedience. That doesn't sound glamorous on the surface, but revisiting these values in a new form is so liberating.
Oh, yes.... but you can't. It must be savored, a little at a time!
This book will change your life!
Eventhough I'm a lifelong Catholic, this book goes beyond Catholicism. Father Martin brings in all sorts of literary, historical, cultural references and spiritual practices from other faith traditions all to illustrate how anyone can develop his/her own spirituality. This is a book I will come back to again and again because it will always have some fresh insight.
This is not a book for one sitting because it has a lot of point to think about and reflect on. Its better to take it little by little.
In the whole, the book shows you how to watch thing from other point of view, in a way that makes you grow as a person and realize what is really important in life. The points are very simple and well founded, but sometimes not that easy to follow.
It is very remarcable how J. Martin reinforces his points not only on catholic belives, but also in other christian, buddhist and muslim believes.
The examples of people he uses makes you want to read several other books and biografies (I have done it already).
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yes, it is a good representationm of Jesuit philosophy and anyone working on their spiritual well-being would benefit from this instruction.
couldn't imagine such a thing
yes- will get a deeper perspective the secod time through/
how non-believers can also bebefit from the book
Father Martin is very easy to listen to, his postings on Facebook are very positive and informative.
Whether you are Catholic or not – in fact if you are Christian or not – this book provides access to practical yet for found wisdom. I cannot more highly commend a book.b
If you are interested in an entertaining yet thorough understanding of spirituality, along with tried & true disciplines, look no further
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