Going on Retreat: A Beginner's Guide to the Christian Retreat Experience

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Christians need space, time, and solitude for reflecting on God's activity in their lives. Just as Jesus retreated to the hills to reflect and be alone with his Father, his followers can seek out a place and time to draw closer to God, be it at home, in the midst of daily activities, or at a retreat center.

In Going on Retreat, author and prayer guide Margaret Silf offers practical advice and time-tested wisdom for turning ordinary time into graced time. She answers such ...

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Overview

Christians need space, time, and solitude for reflecting on God's activity in their lives. Just as Jesus retreated to the hills to reflect and be alone with his Father, his followers can seek out a place and time to draw closer to God, be it at home, in the midst of daily activities, or at a retreat center.

In Going on Retreat, author and prayer guide Margaret Silf offers practical advice and time-tested wisdom for turning ordinary time into graced time. She answers such questions as: Why do people make retreats? What types of retreats are available? What role do retreat companions play? How should I prepare for my retreat? How can I sustain the retreat experience? Where can I find a retreat center near me?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What kinds of retreats are available for Christians? How much do they cost? What is "spiritual direction"? Once I am on a retreat, how in the world am I supposed to fill the hours? Margaret Silf provides answers to these questions and more in Going on Retreat: A Beginner's Guide to the Christian Retreat Experience. The book is heavily weighted toward a more liturgical Christian experience, with a separate chapter on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius; most of the retreat centers listed in the appendix are Roman Catholic or Anglican (Episcopalian). Silf is a fine writer and the book is full of wise spiritual counsel as well as practical tips. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This is a useful, practical guide for anyone-whether clergy or laity, theologian or neophyte-contemplating a retreat. The author of several books on prayer and spirituality, Silf offers advice that is fairly generic-though as the subtitle aptly suggests, this book is best suited for the Christian community. Most of the book focuses on a structured retreat experience, generally at an established center, but Silf also defines a retreat as any break from everyday life spent in solitude, prayer, or meditation. In addition to describing what readers can expect on a retreat, Silf provides a list of such centers in 25 states, many of which are affiliated with the Catholic Church. Members of Protestant denominations might locate other centers through their local church or by word of mouth-which, as Silf points out, is a good source since such recommendations are based on personal experience. Suggestions for preparing for retreats and for returning to one's workaday world afterward are included, as is a recommended reading list. Very suitable for public and church libraries.-Mary Prokop, Savannah Country Day Preparatory Sch., GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829419948
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Why Should I Make a Retreat? 1
Chapter 2 What Is a Residential Retreat? 25
Chapter 3 Can I Still Make a Retreat if I Can't Get Away? 57
Chapter 4 Retreat Companions, Prayer Guides, and Soul Friends 79
Chapter 5 How Should I Prepare for My Retreat Experience? 113
Chapter 6 I'm Here! Now What? 135
Chapter 7 Keeping the Retreat Experience Alive 161
Chapter 8 The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola 173
Appendix 1 Retreat Centers in the United States 191
Appendix 2 Suggested Reading 198
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