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Product Details

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470179849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470179847
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Good translation, but without the standardized paragraph numbering.
Steven C. Porter
The next step will be simple. just look for the Retreat Center that gives the Exercises, they are all over the world.
Patricio Torres-lisboa
It is best to progress through these exercises with a spiritual guide who can help you make the best progress.
Ken Fuller

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Javi on April 2, 2009
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Let me start off by saying this is not an easy step by step guide to spiritual enlightenment. The exercises are to be done over several weeks and there are specific exercises to be performed each week and at specific times of the day. It's more like a workout plan, but some of the details are omitted and/or assumed. If you've never done the exercises under someone else's guidance and you expect to be able to follow them easily, then you have your work cut out for you.

However, the quality and benefits of the exercises themselves is unquestionable. Even if you can't follow the whole "program" or if you don't fully grasp all of the exercises and you can only do one of the exercises, you will benefit greatly. In this hectic paced world, these exercises help you to look inward and improve your relationship with God.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Charles Erlandson on September 21, 2010
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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola are amazing and deep spiritual exercises that have benefited many over the centuries. They may safely be considered a spiritual classic. There are several ways to approach them. In the first place, you could use them as intended: as a month's worth of meditations and exercises, led by an experienced guide to help one determine one's state in life. As such, they are very rigorous and demanding exercises and not to be entered into lightly. However, this doesn't necessarily preclude the Spiritual Exercises being used in other ways. Some have adapted them in a number of ways and still found them fruitful.

Personally, as an Anglican priest, I have used them in small quantities in my private devotions and found them a benefit to my soul. I believe it's possible for the individual Christian to adapt them to the rule of life to which he has subjected himself and thereby be blessed by the Lord. While intended as a whole course of spiritual exercises for the few, many could potentially benefit from Ignatian examinations of the conscience and meditations on sin, the kingdom of Christ, biblical narratives, the Sermon on the Mount, humility, the Ten Commandments, the senses, etc. Protestants and Evangelicals might find much here to lead them to a deeper examination of themselves and meditations on the Lord and His Word.

While highly recommended, they will be very difficult exercises for most Christians and would not necessarily be well-suited to those unaccustomed to such a degree of meditation.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By William Zeitler on September 18, 2011
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The book is wonderful, the Kindle version sucks. This is yet another example of someone just copying/pasting from Gutenberg.org, hoping to cash in on the Kindle Kraze. If you waste your money on this so-called edition you will struggle with paragraphs hideously formatted: e.g. 2 words on one line, then 5 words on the next, etc. It is borderline unreadable. And don't even thing about footnotes with hyperlinks to the note (and back). Surely you jest.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Louis Vigo on February 12, 2012
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This is a great book, but this Kindle version is terrible. There are no paragraph divisions. Basically each section is one giant paragraph, it's painfully obvious where there should be titles and sections, as well as complete thoughts as paragraphs.

Someone evidently copied the entire text and pasted it, then posted it as a Kindle book. I dont know if this was intentional or not, but I dont think a Jesuit would have done this on purpose, nor would a perfectionist like Loyola approve of his work being treated in this manner. Especially considering the importance of it and how it has impacted history.

I would recommend downloading a sample copy of another version before picking the one you like. From now on when I purchase an ancient work like this I will check first, lesson learned
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Boschaert on September 5, 2008
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A guide to the inner soul. This is not a work that is easy to grasp, which makes it
all the more a blessing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K.P. on May 25, 2012
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Let me skip commentary on the content of "Spiritual Exercises" because the book is simply invaluable as a spiritual guide. Let me get quick to the matter at hand: namely, usability.

The usability of this particular electronic and/or kindle version of "Spiritual Exercises" is problematic. First, the page numbers are inaccurate. Fortunately, however, there is a table of contents. But the table of contents does not have icons that you can click on to jump to a page. You must type in the page number for whatever chapter you want to view, and even then, like I said, the page numbers are inaccurate, albeit slightly. For example, if it says page 19 in the TOC the chapter might begin a few pages before after.

Second, the actual text is poorly formatted. In other words, paragraphs are not paragraphs and sentences are broken up, lines are skipped. It is as though someone kept hitting the Return key as they inputted the text. I am led to wonder who did the inputting and what mechanism the Amazon people have for inputting books.

Good news. There doesn't seem to be many grammar or spelling errors.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fuller on August 12, 2011
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I have just started the exercises and I know from my seminary days that these exercises are not to be entered into lightly. If you commit to this your depth of relationship will be increased greatly. It is best to progress through these exercises with a spiritual guide who can help you make the best progress. It is not about quickness but about depth. These exercises have stood the test of time.
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