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"This brief, practical book is bursting with examples and includes a comparative outline of contemplative practices. For most collections."  —Library Journal


"Father Timothy Gallagher has emerged as one of the foremost commentators on Ignatian spirituality in the United States."  —Father Harvey D. Egan, SJ, author, Ignatius Loyola the Mystic


"Father Tim Gallagher has quickly become one of the leading commentators on Ignatian discernment."  —Father George Aschenbrenner, SJ, author, Stretched for Greater Glory


"[A] clear, concise resource for presenting the freedom inherent in the structure of Ignatian prayer."  —Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction

About the Author

Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, and An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Series: Crossroad Book
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824524888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824524883
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, and An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Gallagher's writing is extraordinarily excellent and 'accessible'; I can understand Ignatius much better, now able to more fully appreciate and practice the process!
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Highly recommend to anyone wishing to know God personally, more deeply.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerome E. Mcelroy on August 22, 2010
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This is a very useful introduction to Ignatius'approach to praying with Scripture. The idea of "praying" with Scripture is not widely familiar among American Catholics. This boiok explains whn the method is important and how is can be practiced.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Bodart on March 25, 2013
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In this book, Fr. Gallagher clearly distinguishes between the two major ways to pray with scripture: Meditation and Contemplation. He uses language easy to understand and in his typical style, provides examples of how the prayers are used by different people in different ways but still providing much fruit. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to up the quality or quantity of their prayer, or for anyone interested in praying more with scripture but not sure how to begin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2013
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Wonderfully thorough guide for a subject I have found quite difficult to grasp to the extent that I could really begin practicing anything other than the examin. I feel that Fr. Gallagher's writing is extraordinarily excellent and 'accessible'; I can understand Ignatius much better, now able to more fully appreciate and practice the process! Fr. Gallagher is the current leader on this subject, in my opinion. Be sure to search all his works on the subject of Ignatian spirituality (a monumental achievement).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By UncleBobby on March 3, 2013
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This book describe, in a clear and easy manner, how to establish a deep and personal communication with God, which is prayer. It describes how to meditate on a verse, and place yourself in the scene, which makes the experience more meaningful. It describes the prayer experiences of ordinary people, how they schedule and prepare for it, where they pray and so forth. A must read for those who want to go beyond rote prayer in communicating with God.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Vaverchak on February 25, 2010
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I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book. It was an easy read. I found the experiences shared by those who used this method of meditation to be very helpful. I am a huge fan of Guided Meditation and this seems to offer further means of spiritual growth. I am sharing the book with a friend right now, so we can discuss it and give it a try. It really sounds exciting.
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This is a compelling book in that Fr. Tim Gallagher shares his heart with us as he teaches us the difference between meditation and contemplation it is written with such great feeling and a wonderful grasp of the teaching on pray of St. Ignatius of Loyola, one of the founders of the Jesuit Order. (SJ). To simplify so many great ideas seem almost insulting, but basically Fr. Gallagher speaks and demonstrates meditation as more of an intellectual pursuit in reading scripture or meditating on another spiritual work. One thinks about the setting, the people there and the message. Contemplation involves more of the total person, especially feelings such that the contemplating person places herself in the scene and explores what the reader is feeling as it indetifies with one or the other of the individuals in the reading. The best and clearest book I have read on this subject.
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Father Gallagher speaks clearly on what it takes to begin to pray. Whether we choose the Scriptures or more traditional vocal prayers, meditation and contemplation, explained in simple terms, can be vehicles for an awakening to the richness of all prayer. By using everyday people and their experiences praying we can learn to make our own lives a prayer. If you need to understand what meditation and contemplation are, without the necessity of a theology degree, then this is a great place to start. JMJ
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By 99b0ttles on May 4, 2013
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This series of books is AMAZING! I suffered my whole life with depression- then by accident I ended up at a seminar by Fr. Gallaher. It was life transforming. It gave me the tools and information I needed to once and for all end a life-long fight with depression. He is inspired and a God send. His interpretation of Ignatius is so easy to understand and put to use in daily life. Now I have read the whole series and with eating right have been free of depression for years. My family can deal better with this information. It helped a friend or mine with anger management issues as well. Every time I meet someone that has read these books or gone to a seminar they talk about their release from life-long issues. This should be required reading for everyone!
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