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

( 66 )

Overview

St. Ignatius to the Rescue!

St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, was known forhis practical spirituality. Now, Father James Martin translatesIgnatius's insights for a modern audience, revealing how we canfind God in our everyday lives in often surprising ways.

Includes a new reading group guide and bonus material

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Paperback
$9.94
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$16.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $5.70   
  • New (5) from $13.20   
  • Used (5) from $8.25   
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.99
BN.com price

Overview

St. Ignatius to the Rescue!

St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, was known forhis practical spirituality. Now, Father James Martin translatesIgnatius's insights for a modern audience, revealing how we canfind God in our everyday lives in often surprising ways.

Includes a new reading group guide and bonus material

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Commonweal
“An excellent introduction to Jesuit spirituality for a general reader.... [Martin’s] writing is accessible, comprehensive, and often humorous.”
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.’”
Time.com
“User-friendly...The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything…helpfully unpacks core precepts like ‘finding God in all things.’”
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.
(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.
Time Magazine.com
"User-friendly...The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything…helpfully unpacks core precepts like ‘finding God in all things.’"
Commonweal
“An excellent introduction to Jesuit spirituality for a general reader.... [Martin’s] writing is accessible, comprehensive, and often humorous.”
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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061432699
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 942
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Between Heaven and Mirth, and Together on Retreat. Father Martin has written for many publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR's Fresh Air, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, and PBS's NewsHour to Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Way of Proceeding What Is Ignatian Spirituality? 1

Chapter 2 The Six Paths Spiritual, Religious, Spiritual but Not Religious, and Everything in Between 29

Chapter 3 What Do You Want? Desire and the Spiritual Life 57

Chapter 4 Beautiful Yesterdays Finding God and Letting God Find You 86

Chapter 5 Beginning to Pray So I've Found God... Now What? 103

Chapter 6 Friendship with God Father Barry's Insight 115

Chapter 7 God Meets You Where You Are Ignatian Traditions of Prayer 143

Chapter 8 The Simple Life The Surprising Freedom of Downward Mobility 174

Chapter 9 Like the Angels? Chastity, Celibacy, and Love 213

Chapter 10 More by Deeds Than by Words Friendship and Love 231

Chapter 11 Surrendering to the Future Obedience, Acceptance, and Suffering 266

Chapter 12 What Should I Do? The Ignatian Way of Making Decisions 305

Chapter 13 Be Who You Is! Work, Job, Career, Vocation... and Life 339

Chapter 14 The Contemplative in Action Our Way of Proceeding 389

A Question-and-Answer Session with James Martin, S.J. 399

Questions for Personal Reflection or Reading Groups 402

Ten Things You (Almost) Didn't Know About Jesuits 409

Friends in the Lord 411

Acknowledgments 415

For Further Exploration 417

Index 423

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 66 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(38)

4 Star

(10)

3 Star

(11)

2 Star

(3)

1 Star

(4)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 66 Customer Reviews
  • Posted April 30, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The Spirituality of Saint Ignatius, Straight UP!

    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.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 25, 2010

    A delight to read about spirituality and theology in such a pleasing manner.

    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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 6, 2010

    An Amazing Book!!!

    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!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Brilliant Introduction to Jesuit Life

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    highly recommended

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Self help in a new light

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Uplifting and practical

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    One to read over and over again!

    Martin invites you in and holds you through the journey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 25, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    A lot of details I never considered. This book is a great guide

    A lot of details I never considered. This book is a great guide to life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Very good

    I had a little trouble downloading my e-book but finally figured it out and it looked great. Unfortunately our iPad was stolen before I got a chance to read the book. Any chance I could download it again when the new iPad we've ordered arrives in a few days?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Interesting in parts

    This is onother example of someone who wants you to believe something they themselves fail to truely grasp.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Easy reading, thought provoking, adaptable to your own needs.

    Easy reading, thought provoking, adaptable to your own needs.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    outstanding

    How to live for all people of faith

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    If you only read one book...

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Wonderful Read

    Reading this book is an enriching experience.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2010

    A Christian Guide To Putting Your Life In Perspective

    I found this book at a point where I was trying to put my life back together. Martin has an uncanny knack for putting very thought provoking spiritual matters into down to earth simple terms that anyone can understand. With that said, I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score." an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. Given the chance, it too could change your life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 10, 2010

    What a Great Book written by a Great Writer

    If you're on your soul's journey, if you've ever said to yourself, there's got to be more to this life....or if you've ever wondered what am I doing and/or what should I be doing with my life, how do I walk the right path and find my life's purpose - read this book. Quite apropos for me.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 5, 2010

    An excellent spiritual journey for those familiar with or wanting to know your higher power!

    This book is an excellent an example of how to love your religion and spiritual journey with grace, respect and dignity. It is truly a journey of (Almost) everything you would want to know about everything through the guide of the eyes of a Jesuit.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 66 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)