Based on the parallels between St. Ignatius and Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anony-mous. These 52 meditations consist of sections from St. IgnatiusO Spiritual Exercises, followed by an exploration of both what it means and how it relates to 12-Step philosophy. At the end of each meditation is a short encapsulation, which Father Harbaugh whimsically calls a OSecond Prelude, to go.O Re-freshing and down to earth, this book will set you briskly along a new path and greater independence.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.55(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.47(d)|
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I have been in 12-Step work for almost 28 years, beginning December 13, 1972. I have come to believe that you are either moving away from your addiction or that you are moving toward your addiction. Staying on a plateau for very long is dangerous to maintaining spiritual progress. This book was instrumental in moving me from being stuck in the spiritual mud, so to speak. I had been reading one of the Classics of Western Spirituality books, 'Ignatius of Loyola: The Spiritual Exercises and Selected Works' for about a year - off and on with varying degrees of success. I found that Jim Harbaugh's approach through the 12-Step Methodology to be extremely helpful in putting Ignatius' Exercises in a framework that has been very fruitful in applying the 11th Step to my life. (Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.) During my first lent with Jim's book, I spent a day on each of the 52 exercises. Now, at Jim's suggestion, I am spending a week on each of the 52 exercises and I am finding this way more fruitful. However, at present, I have paused after Exercise 17, The Examen, while I complete another 4th Step. I have put together a set of cards, calling card size, front and back, with the prayer for the week on one side and ideas for meditation from the book on the other. I can email this word document to anyone who wants a copy. My email address is email@example.com.