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The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life

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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.

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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.

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Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Ignatius of Loyola's "way of proceeding" as lived by the Jesuits, the community of men he started in 1540, forms the basis of this spiritual handbook. Author Martin, a Jesuit for 20 years, claims anyone can benefit from the methods Jesuits employ in conducting their lives. This includes not only believers in God, but those who eschew religion, reject God, explore the spiritual terrain, or are just plain confused. After all, Martin writes, the Ignatian way is about "finding freedom," and the Jesuit founder wanted it to be available to everyone, not only members of his community. Martin provides a brief history of Ignatius and the Jesuits, followed by a how-to that covers prayer in its various forms; the Jesuit vows of chastity, poverty and obedience; friendship and love; discernment; and finding a life path. Readers familiar with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius-an ordered set of spiritual themes and practices-and other facets of Jesuit life will find this rather elementary, but Martin has done a creditable job of making the Ignatian way relevant to a contemporary audience.
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U.S. Catholic (Editor's Top Pick of the Month)
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.
USA Today
“[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.’”
Commonweal
“An excellent introduction to Jesuit spirituality for a general reader.... [Martin’s] writing is accessible, comprehensive, and often humorous.”
Time.com
“User-friendly...The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything…helpfully unpacks core precepts like ‘finding God in all things.’”
Time Magazine.com
"User-friendly...The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything…helpfully unpacks core precepts like ‘finding God in all things.’"
(Editor's Top Pick of the Month) - Catholic Digest
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)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061432682
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
420
Sales rank:
158,429
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, culture editor of America magazine, and author of numerous books, including My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, Fresh Air, The O'Reilly Factor, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and on the History Channel, BBC, and Vatican Radio. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.

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Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 71 reviews.
VirginiaVA More than 1 year ago
I saw this book promoted in 'America' magazine, so ordered it when it came out. Having read a few of Father James Martin's other books, this book really stands out - incredibly well-organized and crafted to make the spiritual life (Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius inclusive) easily accessible for all. I have many heavy tomes on the spiritual life and Spiritual Exercises (heavy not just in weight!) & have done several 8-day silent retreats with the Jesuits and Trappists, but this is one of the best guides to the spiritual life I've ever read. Thank you, Father Martin, for all your work putting this together - I love all the quotes, the history, the format (highlighted boxes inclusive!), the honest personal examples (especially like the humility humor!)...and the simplicity. This book will be treasured for a long time. Highly recommend to those who have been on the spiritual journey for a long time as a welcomed refresher and to those just beginning a journey -- there's something great in it for everyone.
LuckyladySC More than 1 year ago
Father Martin's book is not only educative but enlightening for the inexperienced reader of books of this nature. He tells facts in a clear concise and often amusing way. And he writes in such a manner as to offer the reader the opportunity to absorb his subject matter in great or small amounts at each reading. THE JESUIT GUIDE is a must read especially for all those who have heard of and appreciated the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, but never participated for lack of time or proper understanding. It is also for those think spirituality and religion are mutually exclusive or that perhaps the former is accessible only to saints. Father Martin is the author of several other extremely readable books. It is worth the time to read them as well as this one. Keep them coming Father Martin.
Real4Truth More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book on spirituality that is real, genuine, fresh, relational, practical, insightful, funny, honest and just plain refreshing. James Martin's book, The Jesuit Guide To (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life is a book that explores principles, practices and sometimes wild experiences from Martin's own life, who has been a Jesuit for about twenty years, as well as the lives of various saints, Christians, professors and fellow journeyers and mainly from his main spiritual mentor: St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). St. Ignatius Loyola is not only Martin's mentor but 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." James Martin is the kind of guy you would want as your spiritual coach and director. His ability to articulate a theology concerning the immanence and closeness of God is liberating, especially for those who are used to experiencing God as "super holy," "super mad" and completely transcendent. Martin helps paint us a picture of a God who is all around us and provides us with smear free glasses (well almost smear free glasses, lol) to help us see and experience God in new and liberating ways. In some ways it is a book on Sacred Semiotics and gives us the ability to see God in every aspect of life, demolishing the tendency of dichotomizing and compartmentalizing our religious lives. There is so much to comment about in his book. It is like taking a class that when really engaged can drastically change your life. One thing that I found insightful was his take on those who consider themselves "spiritual" as opposed to "religious." I must admit, I have also used that card on similar occasions. It is so common nowadays to claim one is spiritual and not religious. There are so many actors and actresses, artists and musicians who boast in their/our postmodern spirituality and eschew any mention of being religious or the topic of religion in general (unless degrading it). Even Anne Rice is now throwing away "religion," leaving Christianity and keeping her "spirituality" and love for Jesus. But Martin suggests that we need both. We need religion and we need spirituality to help mold a more complete, healthy and vibrant faith. While Martin admits that religion, "can lead people to do terrible things"(p.48), he also suggests that religion can thwart our rampant individualism and keep us grounded amidst a corrective and loving community. And if the community gets out of whack then prophets will rise up exposing the hypocrisy and bring the community back to balance. Martin writes, "It's a healthy tension: the wisdom of our religious traditions provides us with a corrective for our propensity to think that we have all the answers; and prophetic individuals moderate the natural propensity of institutions to resist change and growth. As with many aspects of the spiritual life, you need to find life in the tension" (p.48). So, I am now both "spiritual and religious" and unashamed. The Jesuit Guide To (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life is a wonderful book and will enlighten all who read it. You will be freer to love yourself, love others, love God and love the world. Guaranteed!!
Ozwell More than 1 year ago
Author James Martin delivers an entertaining and honest guide to his life as a Jesuit priest. This is a terrific book if you've ever been curious about the historical and philosophical side of the Jesuit order. I can't imagine how a book on this topic could be any better. I found this book to be both educational and useful.
SpikesMom More than 1 year ago
Do we really need another self help book? Yes if it's this one. Not a step-by-step guide, but a thoughtful stroll down the lovely path of life on Earth. It has helped me refocus my relationships with friends, family and all those drivers on the freeway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Martin invites you in and holds you through the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a little bit of history, a little bit of religion, a little bit of humor, a little bit of practical advice on how to live a simpler more intentional life. Loved it
pazms More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for my son, who attended a Jesuit college (Scranton). I wound up reading it myself, and decided I needed a copy for myself. The book is filled with very usable advice and suggestions for living well. It was fun to read, and is very down to earth. I have already started applying some of the principles of St. Ignatius, and they really help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy reading, thought provoking, adaptable to your own needs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book to guide you through life. Written so even those who are not Catholic, Christian, or a believer can gain much in wisdom and good life practices.
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I read this book in Jan. 2014 and found it a very interesting book by a gifted writer. You will learn about the Jesuits & perhaps, more importantly, yourself! The book provides practices to apply to daily life and ways to approach prayer life. You will want to read it again...and, I just purchased as a Christmas gift for a family member! I definitely can recommend.
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