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

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

by James Martin
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Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great reading now it's time to experience God in my life
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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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