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Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places offers a different way of seeing God in all things. Reminiscent of the spirituality fostered by Richard Rohr and other contemporary mystics, Joe McHugh writes out a tradition infused with the basics of Jesuit and Trappist theology, yet fully planted in the day-to-day workings of the contemporary world. He does not shy away from the secular culture in seeking God, but incorporates each element of daily life into a contemplative ...
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Overview


Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places offers a different way of seeing God in all things. Reminiscent of the spirituality fostered by Richard Rohr and other contemporary mystics, Joe McHugh writes out a tradition infused with the basics of Jesuit and Trappist theology, yet fully planted in the day-to-day workings of the contemporary world. He does not shy away from the secular culture in seeking God, but incorporates each element of daily life into a contemplative practice.

McHugh makes ample use of stories to show, rather than tell, about our search for the living God. These stories enable us to see and feel, not just understand, allowing us to step into them with our imagination and discover ourselves lurking in the twists and turns of their plots. Building on his work as a consultant and spiritual director, McHugh guides readers on a spiritual journey where they encounter God in the hidden and mundane workings of their lives. He pushes us to go deeper and writes with an edge that keeps us engaged and hungering for more.

This book will challenge readers to look beyond the ordinary earmarks of spirituality and venture into new ways of seeing, new ways of encountering God and others with the eyes of faith. It’s for the seeker in all of us, encouraging a way of life rooted in the divine while being fully immersed in the real world.

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Far from didactic, his style of writing is experience-based, conversational easy reading. Poignant anecdotes illustrate and emphasize gems of wisdom gained and offered. Though simply stated in this straight-forward presentation, his words can be mined and treasured for their contents' depth, immediacy, and practicality.

—Frances O'Dell, OSF, Catholic Library World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616366858
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 533,976
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Joe McHugh is a spiritual director, retreat leader, writer, and workshop facilitator with a unique blend of experience in religious, educational, and business environments. Based in the Twin Cities, McHugh is the former executive director of the Loyola Spirituality Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He runs Spiritual Direction Twin Cities and teaches in the spiritual direction certification program at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. He conducts workshops and retreats across the country.

After graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy, Joe earned a master of arts from Columbia University, where he also did doctoral work in organizational development, and received a master of divinity from Woodstock College in New York. McHugh is a regular contributor to the “Soul Matters” column in the National Catholic Reporter, and also writes for America magazine, the Twin Cities Business Journal, and Presence magazine.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

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    Inside spiritual direction Joe McHugh¿s vocation is helping othe

    Inside spiritual direction
    Joe McHugh’s vocation is helping others grow through spiritual direction, workshops, and retreats. He learned his craft as a Jesuit priest of 20 years and continues to reach out to others through Spiritual Direction Twin Cities and the spiritual direction program at Southern Methodist University. He has written for National Catholic Reporter and America magazine and is the author of the recently released book Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places. McHugh defines spiritual direction as reflecting and praying with another to uncover God in our everyday experiences. The structure he favors centers on how God is active in our lives, the meaning of that activity, and ways we might respond.

    The book features more than 30 short vignettes, many of which show God turning up unexpectedly in the lives of those who are open to faith, hope, and love. The stories are grouped under three headings: (1) What? Dilemmas of Perspective; (2) So What? Dilemmas of Discipleship, and (3) Now What? Dilemmas of Discernment. McHugh offers specific exercises at the end of many entries and suggests that readers construct their own activities for others. He recommends not just reading through the book for information, but using it with another person or a group, an approach that will demonstrate the special presence of Jesus among those who gather in his name.

    In an early story, McHugh explains that he suffers from “binocularity,” (using only one eye at a time) and relates this physical condition to the spiritual. He notes that some see only grace or guilt, but not both; likewise death or resurrection, loss or gain, and self-giving or self-fulfillment. Instead of this one-sided view, he writes, we need to “see ourselves as God sees us: a loved sinner.” He encourages those prone to either/or thinking to pray frequently for healing and to meditate on Scripture passages in which Jesus opens the eyes of the blind.

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