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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; First Edition edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446580546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446580540
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written by a Catholic priest who is the Vatican analyst for NBC News, this primer on the spiritual life is geared to "beginners in the broadest sense"—those just embarking on a religious path as well as readers in need of a refresher. Williams emphasizes the practical aspects of maintaining and growing in a relationship with God, covering such areas as discerning God's will, prayer and impediments to spiritual work. He illustrates his points with brief excerpts from writers like Jean-Pierre de Caussade and John Henry Newman, but his primary source is scripture, giving the book a broad appeal. Thomas touches on specific Catholic practices, such as the sacraments and the role of Mary and the saints in the spiritual life, but he does so by offering sound, simple definitions that explain rather than defend. Readers who are more advanced in the spiritual life may find his opening chapters elementary, but they are written for those who lack the spiritual formation presupposed by the authors of traditional spiritual manuals. Most helpful to anyone with more experience in the spiritual life will be the chapters on spiritual direction ("Your Own Personal Trainer") and the spiritual program, a structured, written plan outlining ideals, goals, obstacles and means of achieving objectives. (Feb. 13)
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"This astonishing book will be eagerly read by people who want to be serious Christians. The author's invitation to life abundant is winsome, lucid, informed, wise, and utterly persuasive." --Richard John Neuhaus

"What a wonderful book for Christians of all denominations! The warmth and depth Thomas Williams brings to his broadcast ministry come alive on every page. This book will change lives." --Keith Hernandez, former New York Mets all-star

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Thomas D. Williams, PhD, is an American Moral Theologian living in Rome. He has taught theology for years and served as Vatican Analyst for NBC News, CBS News, and Sky News in the UK.

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This is a wonderful book because it is very practical and easy to understand.
John Paul Bauer
Nothing new, just a great way of presenting material that can help anyone seeking to know Christ better and improve their relationship with Him and with others.
K. Nalepa
The book, a scant 254 pages, is divided into four parts which can be read sequentially, or explored thematically.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Craig on March 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have over 300 spiritual books in my library. This is the book I have been searching for! It has basic, down to earth, easy to understand principles. The first chapter is about what Holiness Is and IS NOT. It revealed many spiritual insights to me in that first chapter. I'm not through reading it yet, but I have alreay marked up the pages as I go! It is a must read!
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Thomas D. Williams may be a familiar face to readers, as a consultant on Vatican affairs for NBC News and MSNBC. The book jacket shows an attractive face as well, a fact highlighted in his book's press release, where he's called a "handsome young priest" --- bringing to mind "Father What-a-Waste" from the 1980s humorous bestseller GROWING UP CATHOLIC. Actually in the course of his new book, Williams reveals that he's solidly middle aged, but you might not know this from viewing the book cover or seeing his media spots. Professionally, Williams is dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome --- a school one hopes is as impressive as its long name.

Williams says that SPIRITUAL PROGRESS is "for beginners...in the broadest sense": those newly interested in spiritual growth; those "for whom starting over and over again has become something of a profession"; those who want to return after wandering for years. "In short, it is for anyone willing to take seriously Jesus' words: 'Unless you change and become like little children, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven.'" By "spiritual progress" or growth, Williams clearly means "Christian growth"; his theological reflection and world view is grounded in biblical exposition.

In the introduction, Williams delineates differences among categories of Christian books: self-help books, books of "devotional reading" and spiritual manuals, explaining that his current book is a spiritual "guidebook" that "helps chart a course" that the reader personally walks. This isn't about sitting in church; it's about loving God and neighbor and becoming Christlike.

As a guidebook, SPIRITUAL PROGRESS is very well organized and easy to follow.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Therese Polakovic on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Father Williams has written a beautiful book for all of his fellow pilgrims on the spiritual journey. Whether you have just begun or are a veteran traveler, this book has remarkable insights which should be read and referenced time and again. I enjoyed every word of it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James E. Carruthers on April 27, 2007
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As described, this is a guidebook covering familiar terrain in a way that can give new life, depth, and meaning to your personal Christian experience. But what I really love is the voice of Fr. Williams in this work. It's personal, quiet, peaceful yet inspiring and slightly unsettling- like your brother waking you up to go fishing.

I also keep buying copies for people I care about.

Jim C.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2007
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Saw the author on the Today show and piqued my interest - handsome man (priest) who seemed truly humble and God-loving.

Book has lots of common sense and yet spiritual "new" thoughts. Especially interesting is the "humility" chapter - Mother Teresa's comments on reaction to being treated unfairly etc.

The bottom line for all of us....all accolades, praise, financial success here on earth truly are NOT why we are here.

Please read and re-read this book to gain down-to-earth insight to live a holy life (becoming the Christian you want to be) with an eye on the bottom-line success: Heaven with God!

I've recommended it to many - even my doctor who seemed interested.

You won't be disappointed. God bless.

Karen C.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Nalepa on March 8, 2007
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This book was surprisingly easy to read. Fr. Thomas writes in a simple, clear manner, almost as if he were speaking. The subject is a very deep one, and often made too intellectual. This book takes the subject and makes it very "user-friendly". I would recommend it for beginners to the spiritual life, but also for those re-exploring their relationship with Christ - as we are called to do constantly. Nothing new, just a great way of presenting material that can help anyone seeking to know Christ better and improve their relationship with Him and with others.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Haddican on March 22, 2007
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This is a really great book so far. I have not finished it but based on what I've read so far I can't imagine the rest of the book will be anything less than inspirational. This book is for beginngers thru.... Anyone and everyone can benefit no matter where you are or aren't in your relationship with GOD. I truly feel happier lately just having read part of the book. I am taking it slow, looking words up in a dictionary that I don't know so that I can understand his point, and looking up passages in the Bible that are referred to but not quoted in the book. In other words, I am taking a long time to read the book. I AM SO EXCITED about every word I have read so far. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because he occasionally does use words that I don't think many will know. That is the only reason I didn't give a 5. Don't let me scare you about the words, they are few and far between but if he is also trying to reach people who are just beginners in their walk with Christ I don't think he should be using any words that are not everyday words we all use. I very very very highly recommend this book!
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