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Developing Intimacy With God: An Eight-Week Prayer Guide Based on Ignatius' "Spiritual Exercises" Hardcover – May 9, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (May 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403369445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403369444
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alex Aronis was raised in Los Angeles and lives with his wife, Carol, in Cincinnati, Ohio. For sixteen years he served as a Navy Chaplain, and for sixteen years he served as pastor of the Union Church of Manila and Kenwood Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Union Church of Manila.He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Fuller Theological Seminary, the University of Southern California, and has a Ph.D. from the American University.Alex Aronis conducts retreats, workshops, and seminars on devotional prayer for churches, schools, and missionary organizations. For further information, contact Alex at his email address: alexaronis@unionchurch.ph. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I highly recommend the book for anyone who seeks a deeper spiritual encounter with God.
R. Jackson Painter
Rarely does one hear instruction on how, specifically, one can increase devotion and adoration for God, how one can nurture and deepen one's relationship with Jesus.
Dr. Alex B. Aronis
The book encourages each of us to find our unique spiritual path, using the exercises as guidelines.
Mary L. Weaver

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pastor Jill Bergman on February 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was in my final year of seminary when I was first introduced to Dr. Aronis' book. Up to that point I had learned a lot about God but nothing about how to develop a relationship with God. My spirit was hungry for Jesus and I didn't know what to do. This book led me to Christ in a new way and taught me how to bask in Jesus' love. I could have never predicted how completely the concepts in Dr. Aronis' book would transform my ministry. I use the tools and insights I've gained every time I preach, pray, or talk about Jesus. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for teaching Dr. Aronis these concepts so that he could teach me. This fruit of the Spirit is unspeakably sweet. Taste it for yourself!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Alex B. Aronis on November 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is customary for pastors to urge their congregations to spend time with Christ in prayer. They know that this is of paramount importance, that it is the better choice, the one thing needful, as Jesus, himself, said (Luke 10:42). But the exhorttions to pray and the instructions given by the pastors usually have to do with praying for others or praying for personal needs. Rarely does one hear instruction on how, specifically, one can increase devotion and adoration for God, how one can nurture and deepen one's relationship with Jesus. This is the challenge that has occupied me for the past twenty years. I have written this book to explain a process of prayer that will deepen your relationship with Christ and enable you to experience intimate communion with him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Jackson Painter on December 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the most personally significant books I have ever read. Aronis offers a personal guide to using scripture based prayer to enter into a profound encounter with God. It is much more than a book about prayer; instead it is akin to a "how to" guide, acting almost as a prayer mentor. I appreciated the fact that the book teaches flexibility in prayer rather than indicating "the" way to pray. Aronis also tackles other areas of spiritual discipline while keeping the overall focus on prayer. The eight weeks I spent with the book enriched my experience with God in ways I had never imagined before. I have often returned to it and I now use the book in my college hermeneutics class for a section on devotional prayer. I highly recommend the book for anyone who seeks a deeper spiritual encounter with God.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JT Eilertsen on December 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Aronis has written the finest book on prayer we have ever experienced. A must for anyone seriously looking to deepen their prayer life. It opens a person's eyes and heart on how to have an intimate knowledge of Christ so that they might be with Him, become like Him and live for Him. We have had the privilege of leading many people into a deeper relationship with Jesus as a result of doing this in-depth prayer guide.
In His Service, Jane and Jim Eilertsen, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rosie T. Wang on December 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
While other pastors and Christian authors in their sermons and books focus more on doctrinal truths, Biblical stories and teachings or applied Christianity, Pastor Aronis is one spiritual leader who serves God by pursuing relentlessly the most essential and basic foundation of a Christian's spiritual well-being: loving God and who He is.
The principles and applications I learned from this book transformed my faithful though routine habit of daily prayer and Bible reading into spiritually uplifting periods of heart to heart communication with God, allowing the Holy Spirit to tenderly guide me in meditating His word, knowing Him more intimately and expressing my growing love for Christ. I experience a unique process of spiritual discipline unravel before me through the Prayer Exercises, which helped me to ultimately attain the objectives of being WITH Christ by spending time with Him, becoming more LIKE Him by following and obeying Him, and to continuously living my life FOR Christ by serving Him and His purpose. This book is an invaluable gift from God.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Weaver on January 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although this book uses the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, and is filled with helpful guidelines for an eight-week prayer guide, the impact is much greater than it would seem on the surface. I found it more than just acquiring knowledge about God but a way to intimacy with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Although it is very comprehensive in its methodology, it allows for flexibilty in its use. We are all different. Therefore each of us will have a slightly different relationship with God. The book encourages each of us to find our unique spiritual path, using the exercises as guidelines. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Care for the Planet on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a follower of Jesus Christ, for several decades my life consisted of a kind of self-flagellation, as in, "Oh no, I have fallen short again" and then trying to muster up more will power and perfectionistic self-correcting. All the while, I was feeling bad about myself.
THEN I went through this book with a small group. Here is what is transforming and wonderful: instead of putting all the focus on one's own finite and imperfect self, you are gently trained to look at the Lord Jesus Christ. Example: you feel angry. Old way--beat yourself up for not being more loving. New way: you look at Jesus. You see that His very character is love. You accept that love; you thank Him that although you are not as loving as you want to be in and of yourself, you can appropriate His love into your being.
The book is all about looking at and enjoying the Perfect One instead of dwelling on human failure.
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