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Stinissen is a Roman Catholic priest and Carmelite friar associated with a community in Norraby Tagarp in the southern part of Sweden.
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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586174770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586174774
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is only approximately 100 pages, but it is by no means a quick read. There is a great deal to ponder on, wait, rest and then return to. After my first reading, I was engaged and excited by it - but could not summarize what he was saying. I bought a Kindle Touch and higlighted every passage that I found interesting to me. I cut each of the highlights and put them into a single Word document.I basically had 68 key quotes that summarized the book that gave me a very highlevel overview.

Three quotes from the book so that it can speak for itself:

Saint Therese of Lisieux: "True love inevitably leads to total surrender... To love is to give everything and to give oneself... That is why surrender is not optional. It is as binding as love. 'Love the Lord your God with all your strength' means: 'Surrender yourself totally.' Those who do not want the latter do not want the former."

The Author: "The infinity of God comes to us through a funnel. It becomes so little and so narrow that it is difficult for us to recognize it. It comes only drop by drop through the small opening. The funnel is the present moment. When I put my mouth to the funnel, I am nourished by infinity."

The Author: "There is a tremendous flexibility and mobility in those who increasingly strive to live in the present moment. They are completely synchronized with God. We ordinarily get stuck in what was once God's will but is no longer, or we already live in what will probably be God's will but often does not come to be. Experience shows that we are always making wrong prognoses. We often live in the past and the future at the same time, which gives us a feeling of inner division and is perhaps the main cause of our weariness. We have not surrendered our past with its guilt and painful wounds. We carry it with us like a heavy burden. Nor do we dare to surrender our future to God. We are afraid that he will take advantage of our trust."
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Learn how to surrender to God and gain inner peace regardless of your daily struggles. I have read many books about accepting God's will and surrendering to Him. However, by far this has been the best book I have ever read. It's simple, easy to understand and help you to embrace your daily life as part of God's plan for you. You will leave smiling, peaceful and finding God in every event of your life...like a little child in God's hands.
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Any Christian who has ever made a serious and sustained effort to live a strong spiritual life eventually comes to know first-hand that abandonment to God's will is one of the most painful and difficult things to do. This is no doubt why so many of the saints and other spiritual masters across 2,000 years of Christian history have emphasized abandonment as fundamentally important in the spiritual life, perhaps the most important thing of all. This little book is a very fine addition to a long and distinguished bibliography on the subject, and like any great spiritual book it's primarily the fruit of the author's personal experience of God rather than a purely intellectual exercise. There is much to ponder here, and it demands multiple readings to get the most out of it. This is a provocative little book offering practical wisdom on abandoning oneself to a loving God. I found it particularly helpful on the question of suffering and the problem of evil. Read this book and you will better understand why God is in control and why we wouldn't want it to be any other way.
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I loved this book. I am reading it a second time, it is so good. Anyone who wants to draw closer to God and surrender to God should read this book. My prayer, since reading the book: "Father, I trust in Your love. Teach me the way of surrender, the way of peace". It is changing my life.
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This spirituality book is absolutely dense with significance. It is not difficult to read, it is only difficult to read quickly because you will want to read every page three times in order to absorb the beauty of the author's spiritual insights. This is a book I will keep nearby for reading time and again throughout my life, and it is a book I will recommend to anyone looking to develop an authentic spiritual life.
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For personal spiritual development, this is the real deal. The author is a Discalced Carmelite who is inspirational and also practical to read. I learned things I use everyday now and bits of advice about the spiritual life I hadn't read anywhere else. Highly recommended!
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I read a great deal about and to enhance my Catholic beliefs. This book defines who we are and what God expects of us better than anything I have read to date. In fact you feel compelled to read it again and again.
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No, not the Frozen song, but letting go of self that God might act through me. This is a wonderful, thought-provoking book with a Carmelite center. The author invokes St Therese and St John of the Cross among others to encourage deepening our union with God . Highly recommended.
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