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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594713413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594713415
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Regis Martin is a sage for our time. Here he offers us wisdom for confronting the greatest mystery of life, which is suffering and death. Yet he does so with real grace and poetic wit. Divine truth joined to the practical challenges of human life, that's what we all need, and what Martin offers in abundance. Along with profound insights, you will find encouragement and hope, coming from the God of mercy through the cross of Christ."--Scott Hahn, Author of The Lamb's Supper

"Regis Martin leads the reader to confront some of the great mysteries of our existence, reflecting on life and death, hope and despair as well as the anxieties and the perplexity we feel about the unknowns to come and the unknowns with which we engage regularly. He shares concrete examples, many from his own life but also those from great minds who explore questions which both they and we must face. All of this is done in a context of our faith."--Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark

"Regis Martin has a campus-wide reputation for a remarkable vocabulary, punctuating lectures with apt quotes from poets, theologians, and the occasional rock star, and unflinchingly exploring the real problems of suffering, evil, and death. This lovely book shows his reputation is well deserved as he wrestles with deep human longings and offers us the hope of Christ: 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?'"--Rev. Terrence Henry, T.O.R. , President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

"With the eloquence and poignancy of a poet, Regis Martin gets to the heart of life's most urgent questions, forging a link between our 'desperate desires' and our "homesickness for God" in this profound and beautiful book."--Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P. , Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat

"Regis Martin is one of Catholicism's trustworthy guides to the spiritual life in all its dimensions--including, as he demonstrates here, its hard and challenging dimensions."--George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

"Regis Martin's moving reflection on our death-haunted and restless search for God is both beautiful and bracing. Drawing on the profound imaginings of our poets and our theologians, Martin's meditation takes place on the lip of the abyss as he shows us Who it is our hearts so restlessly long for." --Gregory Erlandson, President, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing

About the Author

Regis Martin is a professor of theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he has taught for more than twenty years. He studied in Rome at the Angelicum, graduating summa cum laude in 1988 with a doctorate in sacred theology. Martin is the author of a half-dozen books and specializes in courses on the Trinity, Christology, Church, grace, sacraments, the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the Catholic Literary Revival. Married and living in Steubenville, he is the father of ten children and has five grandchildren.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terry Fenwick on October 15, 2012
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I asked a dear friend recently, "Why don't we hear more from Dr Regis Martin?" and my friend said, "We could not handle it or consume his words. Regis is too great." Well, he is that for certain--great. Those who have seen and heard what Dr Martin offers on Franciscan University Presents knows that you can't just hear what he says once--you must replay it over and over--because of the richness of Dr. Martin's words. As I study what Regis has said, and I never reach the depth, I am always weak.

Open STILL POINT. Read only his own descriptions of the chapters and wander through one or two of the selections; meet, maybe for the first time, the dear and tender author, Dr. Regis Martin.

The person who sums up STILL POINT the very best of all is Mike Aquilina as he writes:

"Regis Martin probes the deepest wounds we suffer--loss and longing--and presents us with our hope for healing: while we ache, we are 'alive with longing.' This book is as haunting and hypnotic as the poetry on which it depends. Martin applies the 'poetry of the transcendent' as a balm, the first dose in the course of a cure. You will not forget the stories he tells you. His reading of familiar biblical passages will not fail to move you and shake you." Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina Author of Why Me?: When Bad Things Happen
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Graham on February 4, 2013
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What a wonderful book. The author uses his own wit and wisdom coupled with the writings of great poets and churchmen to provide engaging and uplifiting insights into the meaning of life, death and the struggles and rewards of faith. Easy read but deeply moving. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on November 6, 2012
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For me reading Still Point was complicated and confusing at first until I read more and starting thinking about what the author was trying to tell us. It questioned if there is a life after death, if we will be reunity with our love ones that have already died. I myself do believe in Heaven and that I will see my love ones again. I have hope for this and believe in God totally, I have never questioned my beliefs.

Regis Martin tells us in this book the key, once more is prayer. And, again what is prayer but the courtesy God confers when inviting us to the dignity of becoming a cause of that for which we pray. Nothing less will pry loose the planks that seal us off from the world here the dead dwell, those we long for communion with, the blessed ones whom we await in hope on the other side.

Christ can pull off a miracle this sublime. Only he can mediate the difference between the heart that longs for release from death and desolation, and the head that knows there is only the fall into finitude and death. Only Christ, in other words, perfectly qualifies to be that point of intersection, the still point, where time and eternity, nature and grace. God and man all suddenly come together, annealed in the Body and the Blood of a humanity assumed by God himself. The still point is "where every where and every when is focused."

I was given this book from ave maria press.
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Regis Martin again demonstrates his vast knowledge of Catholicism and surprisingly his compassion and humanity in his book on death , it's aftermath and meaning.
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