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The Text and Contexts of Ignatius Loyola's "Autobiography" Paperback – February 11, 2013

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press (February 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823245055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823245055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the society of Jesus (the Jesuits), comes alive in a remarkably concise volume that will be accessible and helpful to interested readers ranging from advanced high school students to accomplished scholars." -Choice

"This is a must read for anyone interested in Ignatian Spirituality. McManamon skillfully integrates material from psychology, anthropology, and scripture studies as he critically examines the influence of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles on the ACTA of Ignatius. There is an abundance of background historical material to assist the reader in understanding why and how Ignatius gives us this story of his life." -Deacon David Keene, Ph.D., Archdiocese of Chicago

"John McManamon reads Ignatius of Loyola's autobiography with wonderful precision and insight. His finely crafted interpretation illuminates the life of the founder of the Jesuits; teases out the meanings that Ignatius himself found in his encounters and experiences; and helps to explain the creation and rise of the Jesuit order." -Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

"This is a rich and perceptive book. McManamon enters into the heart and soul of one of the most influential religious figures of the past five hundred years. Ignatius Loyola emerges as all too human but wise and right on the essentials. McManamon's account is deeply grounded in the sources, well-written, and shows flashes of humor." -Paul Grendler, Professor of History Emeritus, University of Toronto

About the Author

John M. McManamon, S.J. is Professor of Italian Renaissance History and Medieval Nautical Archaeology at Loyola University Chicago.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Moore on August 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Along with Majorie O'Rourke Boyle's LOYOLA'S ACTS: THE RHETORIC OF THE SELF this is a wonderful study of Loyola by a Jesuit using Loyola's own self examination on himself in the process shows the real structure and point of the ACTA. As scholarship, it challenges all standard run of the mill scholarly techniques, and, in itself, makes a strong philosophical statement worked out in Loyola's life, the great work of scholars like Boyle & John W. O'Malley, and the author's own experience both of scholarly discipline and in existential commitment. As such IT IS A PRIME TEXT for anyone whatsoever that studies philosophy and theology seriously, and anyone who has any real interest in the psychology of a real thinking human being.
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