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Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Cortland.
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  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586172018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586172015
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First let me state that I am not a Roman Catholic AND that this my favorite introduction to prayer because Father took a very difficult problem...which is how do we commune with God....and with great love and simple language instructs how we can throw ourselves at the feet of Christ our God. And in doing this, grow in Faith, Hope and Love from His Holy Spirit. He covers all the aspects of different types of prayer and contemplation in a way that is easy to understand and in a way that makes you inspired to pray more and more. I especially appreciated his treatment of delusion and the testing of spirits as to whether or not they are of God. Prayer is not without its pitfalls! If you are not part of the apostolic tradition you may suffer reading this book because of his emphasis on Christ our God in the Eucharist, but suffering is good! This is the foundation you want to build your life on. Just know that this book is a meal for all Christian seekers. In addition to being a great text on prayer, there is a companion video series that goes with this book that is excellent also, but not as thorough. Sometimes you can catch a rerun on television. Thank you Father for your devotion and for the humility of your heart in Christ. Inspired!
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This book is a gem. In it, Father Spitzer gives his suggestions for a sound foundation in spirituality for Catholics. He is an enthusiastic spokesman for the Eucharist, prayer, the Beatitudes, the Holy Spirit, and contemplation, and he discusses each "pillar" with great examples from his own life. This is a great book for any Catholic looking to "jump start" or renew their spiritual life. The appendix on the Four Levels of Happiness is a great summary of this important part of his philosophy.
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This is the most compelling, powerful book on our Catholic religion I have ever read. The first chapter alone, on the Eucharist, sent me to attend mass daily, if possible. Fr. Spitzer has a way of stating strong messages without pushing or pressure. This first pillar, the Holy Mass gives us peace, transforms us and makes us one with the whole world. Then he gently leads us to the next four pillars, all equally moving. Thank you, Fr. Spitzer, for your gift of writing and sharing us your life.

Elnora Mercado
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I have heard Father Spitzer speak at conferences. He is engaging, challenging, entertaining, and, deeply spiritual. This book reflects all of these traits---and more. I especially recommend it for Catholics who want guidance in how to grow in their relationship with God.
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Hi folks,
This is a very good book.I read it cover to cover and I learned about the three types of love. I learned a whole lot of new vocabulary because the author is well versed on his material and writes from applied knowledge. To talk a boxing match is one thing, to step into the ring with an opponent and apply boxing is another. The author writes through application.
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Fr. Robert Spitzer is a Jesuit Priest and President of Gonzaga University. I am an ordinary
Lutheran homemaker. Still, Fr. Spitzer is my favorite spiritual teacher and author. He is obviously very devoted to Christ, EXTREMELY intelligent and thoughful, and full of humor and excitement about his faith and about life in general. Any Christian, Catholic, Lutheran or anywhere on the spectrum of Christianity, can greatly benefit from this book. You come away knowing that you are in the arms of the unconditional love of the Father of the prodigal son.
Very simple and yet so profound.
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A wonderful companion to the EWTN series of the same title. Or an excellent stand alone resource. If you want to increase your spirituality and grow closer to God, this is an excellent guide to follow. I particularly enjoyed the section on the Beatitudes. Inspiring and informative.
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I prefer reading Fr. Spitzer when he's in apologetics mode, such as in "New proofs...", but this little book shows a different, more pastoral side of him. It sets out some extremely important spiritual advice from a Jesuit perspective, such as regular prayer routine, and does so in a basic and simple manner.

A good start for the beginner in daily contemplative practice.
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