Ignatius wanted to help everyone, no matter what age or stage of life, experience Jesus. Through prayers and Scripture readings that largely focus on the life of Christ, the Spiritual Exercises that have been so powerful and growth-inducing for so many, including Warner, can be a tool for transformation in you as well.
The exercises are designed to help you
- encounter the person of Jesus
- foster a deeper relational knowing of Jesus
- cultivate a greater desire and freedom to say yes to Jesus
This book will guide you through Ignatius's traditional retreat approach as a nine-month journey which allows you to take these practices into the "real world" each day.
And you don't have to go on a retreat to do it. You can start now, and grow in Christlikeness right in the midst of your life.
Are you hungry for Jesus and ready to do something about it? Are you committed to a sticking with a sustained journey of growth and formation in Christ? Then this book is for you. Open these pages, and let Warner guide you on the journey toward deeper intimacy with Jesus.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Part 1 Getting the Most Out of the Exercises
1 The Daily Elements of the Exercises 23
2 The Benefits of a Spiritual Director or Listener 41
3 Tips on How to Approach the Exercises 44
Part 2 Preparatory Exercises
1 The History of Preparatory Exercises 57
2 God's Love 63
Section 1 God Loves You 63
Section 2 God Really Loves You 68
Section 3 God Really, Really Loves You 72
3 Principle and Foundation 78
Section 1 Created 82
Section 2 Praise 86
Section 3 Reverence 89
Section 4 Service 90
Section 5 Indifference 94
Part 3 The Spiritual Exercises
Week 1 Sin, Me and God's Love 103
Week 2 Walking with Jesus 143
Week 3 Journey to the Cross 212
Week 4 Resurrection of Jesus 241
Part 4 Resources
Biography of St. Ignatius of Loyola 263
Ash Wednesday and Holy Week Exercises 268
Shorter Options for Journeying Through the Exercises 274
For Spiritual Directors and Listeners 280
Using the Exercises with a Group 288
Reviewing Your Journey through the Exercises 290
About the Website 294
What People are Saying About This
"The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius is one of very few works produced by followers of Christ that reliably guides those who have seriously put their confidence in Christ onto a path where what we Christians endlessly talk about becomes the reality of daily existence. This is because Ignatius guides the disciple into experience of the things we talk about. The reality stands out in the details of what is experienced. But for most, trying to take the Exercises straight is like trying to board the airplane when it is already a hundred feet off the ground. Larry Warner's Journey with Jesus effectively brings the Exercises within reach of any disciple of Jesus ready to work with grace to turn life in the kingdom of the heavens with Jesus into their actual existence."
Dallas Willard, author of Renovation of the Heart
"This book needs a warning label: 'Caution--serious engagement with the practices, disciplines and techniques set forth in this book will be destructive to everything in your life that is not yet conformed to the image of Jesus.' Warner has provided an invaluable resource for any who desire to live in loving union with God and to live Christlike lives in the world. Here the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius have been made accessible to contemporary believers . . . in a manner that facilitates their use in any sincere desire to know God and live with Jesus."
Robert Mulholland, author of The Deeper Journey
"Larry Warner has done us a great service by translating a complex sixteenth-century retreat manual (The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius) into a highly usable format that brings alive this spiritual treasure. Warner makes it possible for twenty-first-century people to engage in the Ignatian exercises that lead one into a living relationship with Jesus. I am impressed that he has been able to remain true to the original nature of the exercises even while recasting them into a contemporary context. This is not the first attempt at updating the Exercises . . . but it is, to my mind, the best such effort."
Richard Peace, Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary
"I have witnessed over the past years numerous students using these exercises to open their personal life to Jesus at a deep emotional level and experience the meaning of the gospel and the Scripture from the inside out. This is spiritual reading of the Word in its most meaningful sense. The reader will particularly benefit from Warner's spiritual advice that comes from years of experience with others on the journey in praying over the life of Christ."
John Coe, director, Institute for Spiritual Formation, Talbot School of Theology
"Contained in these pages is an experience of a lifetime, guided by a seasoned master who knows the Spiritual Exercises so well that they're his second language. Drink deeply and enjoy this adventure with Jesus."
Jan Johnson, spiritual director and author of Spiritual Disciplines Companion and Invitation to the Jesus Life
"Larry Warner brings the Exercises alive by providing the guidance, expertise and wisdom necessary to navigate the Exercises well. In both the practical and spiritual aspects of this volume, Larry leads you . . . before a God who, in the work of Christ, shows that his love is truly enough."
Kyle Strobel, cofounder of Metamorpha.com