The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

A Spirituality for Real Life

By James Martin

HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780061432682, 420pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2010

Description

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.



About the Author
James Martin is an assocaite editor of America. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, James Martin worked six years in corporate finance before entering the Society of Jesus in 1988. He was ordained a priestin June 1999. He is the author of In Good Company, This Our Exile and editor ofHow Can I Find God?


Praise For The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

“[The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything] becomes like a read-along spiritual director, someone to prompt you with questions, redirect your gaze and help you, Martin says, to ‘discern where God might be speaking to you.’”
-USA Today

“User-friendly...The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything…helpfully unpacks core precepts like ‘finding God in all things.’”
-Time.com

“An excellent introduction to Jesuit spirituality for a general reader.... [Martin’s] writing is accessible, comprehensive, and often humorous.”
-Commonweal

Writing beautifully, and with frequent touches of humor, James Martin, SJ, shows us what he’s learned in religious life, and in the process offers us a rich spiritual feast.
-Catholic Digest (Editor's Top Pick of the Month)



NPR
Saturday, Mar 6, 2010

The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and associate editor of America, the Jesuit magazine, has written a new book for those interested in borrowing from Jesuit tenets to live simpler lives. It's called The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life. More at NPR.org

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