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Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart Paperback – January 18, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0818909061 ISBN-10: 0818909064

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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Alba House (January 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818909064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818909061
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over 400,000 copies sold in 18 languages, Fr. Jacques Philippe's writings on themes such as prayer, interior freedom, and peace of heart have become classics of modern Catholic spirituality.

Jacques Philippe was born into a Christian family on March 12, 1947 in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college, he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. In 1976, he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes and answered the Lord's call to follow Him through this vocation (see below for more information on the Community of the Beatitudes). He then spent several years in Jerusalem and Nazareth immersing himself in the study of Hebrew and the Jewish roots of Christianity. In 1981, he traveled to Rome to study theology and canon law and also began his work as a spiritual director, working in the formation of priests and seminarians of the Community. In 1994, he returned to France, where he assumed various responsibilities including spiritual direction, the development of training in the Community, and participation in its General Council. He has also preached retreats regularly in France and abroad and has consolidated his principal retreat themes into five books on spirituality. In recent years, he has devoted himself primarily to spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working for the development of the Community in Asia and Oceania, where he travels frequently.

Communaute des Beatitudes is an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right founded in France in 1973. The Community of the Beatitudes gathers faithful from all states of life (married or unmarried lay people, seminarians, priests, permanent deacons, men and women consecrated in celibacy) who wish to conform as closely as possible to the model of the early Christian community through the common life, the sharing of goods, voluntary poverty and an intense sacramental and liturgical life. The members of the Community, which has a contemplative vocation based on Carmelite spirituality, are actively engaged in the service of the poor and the proclamation of the Gospel.

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There are some great tools for the spiritual life in this section.
Steven R. McEvoy
If you are close to God and seeking to love Him with all your heart, He will give you the gift of peace.
Jack Van Kirk
I loved it so much and helped me so much I've bought several copies as gifts to give away.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on June 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have had Father Jacques Philippe's books recommended to me on a number of occasions and by a number of different people. I have picked up the four I can find that are available in English. The title of this book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace, just grabbed my attention and had to be read first. The subtitle of this book is: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart, yet for a small book of 110 pages, it really packs a lot of punch.

This book was so good I have already put it back on my pile of books to be read. I know that I cannot glean all the great stuff from it in just one reading. For who in this hectic crazy world would not like a simple tool to help them find peace and to keep it once they have found it? This book will help you do just that. It is one I will add to my all time favorite list!

Here are some sample quotes from the book:

"The more our soul is peaceful and tranquil, the more God is reflected in it, the more His image expresses itself in us, the more His grace acts through us." P.5

"Because only this peace of heart truly liberates us from ourselves, increases our sensitivity to others, and renders us available to our fellow man." P.7

"It is that Christian life is a combat, a war without mercy." P.8

"Every Christian must be thoroughly convinced that his spiritual life can in no way be viewed as the quiet unfolding of an inconsequential life without any problems; rather it must be viewed as the scene of a constant and sometimes painful battle, which will not end until death - a struggle against evil, temptation and the sin that is in him. ...
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By "mary1999" on June 2, 2002
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Who wants to lead a more peaceful life? I think most everyone does, and Father Jacques Philippe does a wonderful job explaining the great importance peace has in the role of being a Christian. He also clearly writes about how to develop peace, what prevents us from having peace, and how to remedy those problems. This is an excellent and very readable handbook on developing true peace, the peace Jesus wants us to have. It makes a great book for meditation. I highly recommend this book because it gives the reader insight into the peace we have through the Cross, a peace from God that is developed and exists with our suffering, not a passing imitation.
Peace be with you!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TheListener on February 4, 2007
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This is a great little book and I recommend it to everyone, Catholic and protestant alike.

It is a very practical guide with some nice quotes from the Bible, Saints and the authors own advice. It is about, you guessed it, searching for and maintaining peace. It is fairly short, 100 pages, in fact it is more of a glorified pamphlet than a book but still a great read.

I'm finding that I am moving through it very slowly because I stop and think and pray and re-read so many parts of this book. I think I'll make this an annual thing to read it as it has very valuable advice in it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alain M. Sauret on August 9, 2005
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This work is a gathering of practical suggestions and selected quotations organized in order to help the reader to find how to get peace and make it growing. It addresses all kind of situations everyone is involved in her/his busy life and could be a cause of struggling and loosing peace. In addition to offer excellent spiritual readings, it is a masterpiece of literacy for its own style and for the many quotations of selected authors it presents. It helps believers and non believers to reflect on their own beahavior and get confidence in what they are supposed to address right now. Besides, it helps to leave away the past (that does not subsist any more) and to be confident in the future (that does not exist yet) to address peacefully actual tasks. Somehow I would include it among the best wotk both of psychology and spirituality. I dare to suggest this reading to students and teachers, not the ones only in philosophy and theology, but even in methodology and science: I would suggest to read the book to know how to fix their heart before configurating their head with studies, method of work, business organization, speed reading and memorizing systemes. I know people who read it once and then continue to keep it to consult it again and again. every page is comforting, helpful, and give you peace.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ethel Ferrer on July 22, 2007
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Great book. The book is well written. It is easy to understand and read. It will make you aware of the spiritual battle that we are all subjected to and how to maintain peace-- the real peace. This book is recommended if you already have a prayer life. A MUST book to read for ascetism.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roaming Catholic on March 8, 2010
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I highly recommend this for Christians who are experiencing turmoil, confusion, or uncertainty in their lives. Fr. Philippe shows the importance of remaining peaceful in our lives so the Lord's grace can work easily in us. He points out things that disrupt our peace and how to counteract them. I'm praying about some big life decisions and this book is an instrument God has been using to speak to me during this time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Donna Comissiong on July 7, 2009
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One of the best spiritual reading books I have ever read. A must read for people searching for inner peace. I have read all the books by Jacques Philippe, and in my opinion, this one is by far the best he has ever written...
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