Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship

Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship

by Mary DeTurris Poust
     
 

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Author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and modern religious leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful relationships in a world of Twitter and Facebook. Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular "New York Catholic"

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Author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and modern religious leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful relationships in a world of Twitter and Facebook. Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular "New York Catholic" columnist and "Our Sunday Visitor" blogger Mary DeTurris Poust looks honestly but hopefully at today's culture, where people feel increasingly isolated despite the advent of myriad gadgets designed to keep them "connected." Reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this a useful resource for small groups, moms groups, and for spiritual direction.

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Publishers Weekly
Catholic journalist Poust writes with simplicity and directness about spiritual friendship--the connection people can make when they trust one another with matters of the soul. It's a lot different from Facebook friending; the author defines it as "two people bound together by a love of God." She draws on a variety of writings, from the biblical tale of Ruth and Naomi to the correspondence between such sainted pairs as Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, in illustrating the depth of such a connection. The book is well researched, though the writing is a bit prosaic. Each chapter includes questions for reflection intended to help readers explore and apply what the author presents, making it a natural for congregational groups. The material is best suited for people in liturgical traditions; the author refers to much within the Catholic tradition, including the pope, for examples. Poust's work can help readers deepen their lives. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594712098
Publisher:
Ave Maria Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
194
Sales rank:
1,023,086
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Lisa M. Hendey
In today's world, the word friend has taken on an entirely new context. With her marvelous book, Walking Together, talented author Mary DeTurris Poust reminds us of the joys and blessings of true spiritual friendship. By sharing faith-filled examples from scriptures, saintly role models and her own life, Mary paves the way for us to encounter and treasure true spiritual companions in our own lives. Thoughtful reflection questions and meditations at the end of each chapter make this the perfect resource for group study or personal spiritual development. (Lisa M. Hendey, Author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms)
Charles Murphy
In this age of technology, Mary DeTurris Poust helps us recognize the irreplaceable need for human friendship, not only as a life resource but as part of our path to holiness. (Msgr. Charles Murphy, Author of The Spirituality of Fasting)
James Martin
This enchanting new book is also an important new book, inviting readers to reflect on an often neglected part of the spiritual life: friendship. Using examples from the scriptures, from the lives of the saints, and from her own life, Mary DeTurris Poust shows us how love is connected to friendship, how charity is connected to companionship, and how loving relationships with one another lead to friendship with God. Helpful, wise, provocative, sensible and always inspirational, this is a book for all Christian disciples, whom Jesus called 'friends.' (James Martin, S.J., Author of The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything)

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