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The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints Hardcover – August 1, 2006


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About the Author

Ralph Martin has been a leader in renewal movements in the Church for many years, and the author of many books, articles, and audio albums on contemporary issues in the life of the Church and the teachings of the saints. He is currently Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heat Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit and Assistant Professor of Theology. He continues to lead the work of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic Renewal and Evangelization and hosts the weekly television program The Choices We Face. He and his wife Anne are parents of six children and grandparents of five and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931018383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931018388
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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194 of 197 people found the following review helpful By J. Connolly on October 28, 2006
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I wish I could give this outstanding book a "10." The author weaves a sublimely beautiful tapestry on the spiritual life and man's search for God, guided by seven doctors of the Christian Church who were magnificently blessed from beyond the natural realm with overflowing gifts of wisdom and supernatural advice. The most profoundly moving sentence of this nearly 500-page book that exquisitely summarizes it can be found on page 229: "...we're all in desperate need of God, of His forgiveness, of His love, of His Holy Spirit, and all of us need to abandon our pride, admit our need, and come to the foot of the Cross to receive mercy and forgiveness. And we need to stay there." I have never read a truer or more touching description of the human condition.

Providing us abundant hope and consolation amid this valley of tears we call Earth is the incredible quote from St. John of the Cross on the 3rd page from the book's end: "In the first place it should be known that if anyone is seeking God, the Beloved is seeking that person much more." This book is saturated with Scripture and the holy writings of seven of the greatest canonized saints in the history of the Church. It is a "keeper" to be read again and again. To ignore this book is to do yourself a great injustice. It is simply wonderful beyond words.
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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Glenn K. Smith on January 16, 2007
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This book is a must-read for anyone truly interested in following the teachings of Jesus and in being His disciple. In a very accessible style, Ralph Martin presents the teachings of six of the greatest saints in Church history, who by their lives and writings have bequeathed to us a treasury of wisdom. It's amazing how clearly Mr. Martin plumbs the spiritual depths of the likes of St. John of the Cross, St Augustine, and St. Teresa of Avila, among others, in such a way as to make their writings both compelling and comforting at the same time.

That being said, I warn you; if you don't want to be challenged in the way you are living your Christian life, then this book is not for you. With its penetrating exploration of Scripture and saints' writings, I can honestly say that "The Fulfillment of All Desire" has haunted me in a bittersweet way.

To sum up, I'm glad Ralph Martin wrote it, and by the grace of God, I will continue to muster up the courage to study it and most of all, try to live it. I can do no less, for Jesus taught, " Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holiness, for they shall have their fill."-Matt. 5:6
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Terry Fenwick on May 9, 2007
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I am still reading this book - but I read a page or two - then rush to Amazon to order a copy for a friend who will love it; read another page or two or three - put it down, swooning a bit while running to the computer to order another copy for someone I know who will love it - at this rate I may never finish this book! But, this I know for certain - The Fulfillment of All Desire is going to be one of my favorite books of all time. It is already changing my life! I give it 10 stars so you must double my rating, Amazon!

Ralph Martin may have done his finest work and The Fulfullment of All Desire possibly will be his finest hour. This book does not just tell us what we need to do - and what we already know we need to do - it tells us how to do it!!! These Doctors of the Church have "been-there-and-back" and know how to help us find our way. As we listen and learn, we will begin to live the life of one with the Saintly Fulfillment of All Desire. Just order this book! I am working on "affection for sin" right now.

The Doctors are in! St. Augustine, St. Francis De Sales (I am in his office), St. Catherine of Siena, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux. I have a message from one of these doctors and it is this: "In the first place it should be known that if anyone is seeking God, the Beloved is seeking that person much more." That is from John of the Cross.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on March 27, 2007
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The subtitle of this book is A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. Ralph Martin, a leader within the renewal movement, has taught on this subject in many different settings and in many different ways. In this book he examines seven of the 33 Doctors of the church and how their writings contribute to the understanding of a spiritual journey. These studies are done through the three stages of spiritual growth.

Those three stages are: the purgative way, the illuminative way, and the unitive way. These are also the three major sections in this book. Yet throughout, he draws heavily upon our seven Doctors: Catherine of Siena, Bernard of Clairvaux, Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Augustine, St. Francis De Sales, and St. Therese of Lisieux. This book is at least a third quotations, which takes us back to the source documents and draws out the spirituality of these saints to help us grow in our own lives.

The strength of this work is its accessible language; it is well written and opens up topics and authors that are not always approachable. Martin takes us on a journey through the saints and through our own spiritual lives. This book can be a roadmap that you use for spiritual growth, renewal, and to enrich your life - and through that the lives of those around you. Martin states: "What really holds us back from a wholehearted response to the call of Jesus, of Vatican II, of the repeated urgings of the Spirit, is not really the external circumstances of our lives, but the interior sluggishness of our hearts. We need to be clear that there will never be a better time or a better set of circumstances than now to respond wholeheartedly to the call to holiness. Who knows how much longer we'll be alive on this earth?
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