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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829435778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829435771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This beautiful book will change the way you pray, the way you experience God, and the way you live."
James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints



"To peer deeper into faith isn't something so easily done for many Christians." The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Daily Life" is a comprehensive guide to the faith of St. Ignatius Loyola, as author and Jesuit priest Kevin O' Brien present an studious exploration of faith and how to gain a better understanding of it. "The Ignatian Adventure" is a powerful addition to any Christian studies collection and for any Christian who is seeking a more scholarly understanding of faith and St. Ignatius."
-- The Midwest Book Review

Book Description

Embark on the spiritual adventure of a lifetime—with St. Ignatius Loyola as your guide!

There are many ways to experience the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, each way known as an annotation. In The Ignatian Adventure, Kevin O’Brien, SJ, offers his own adaptation of the widely used 19th annotation, which allows people to “make” the Exercises over an extended period of time in the course of their daily lives.
The first part of O’Brien’s book provides helpful background information, including a brief history of St. Ignatius, an explanation of the Spiritual Exercises and their purpose, and a description of different ways to make the Exercises. The book’s core offers 32 weeks of prayer and meditations, the ultimate intent of which is to draw participants into a deeper encounter with God.
But what truly sets this book apart from other 19th annotations is how O’Brien, the executive director of campus ministry at Georgetown University, has woven throughout the chapters his own personal accounts of living out the Exercises in everyday life. Through O’Brien’s deeply moving stories, readers discover how the Exercises intersect with the real world.
The Ignatian Adventure is an ideal resource for spiritual directors, but its user-friendly, down-to-earth style also makes it perfect for any individual seeking a better understanding of Ignatian spirituality or a deeper life of prayer.
 

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Highly recommend to anyone who is looking to deepen their spiritual journey.
Daniel A. Lonteen
Aside from establishing the Jesuits, St. Ignatius' greatest spiritual contribution are his famous Spiritual Exercises.
Dr. Bojan Tunguz
If you want an aid on your spiritual journey towards a more intimate relationship with God, this is the book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jenny S on December 18, 2011
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This lovely book by Kevin O'Brien, S.J. -- The Ignatian Adventure -- has been my go-to Christmas gift this season. His is a thoughtful reflection that shares with the reader a bit of Jesuit history, a touch of his own personal story, a heaping of spirituality, and a dose of inspiring prayer. He then extends a welcoming, encouraging invitation to experience the Spiritual Exercises, by offering this positive, accessible guide. It is a book that will become a companion for life -- one that you will read time and time again, in preparation, during and certainly after you experience St. Ignatius's Exercises. It is obviously a book grounded in religion and Catholicism, but to some degree, one might argue it has a broad and more universal appeal, being of interest to anyone who seeks to challenge themselves to grow in union with God through prayer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cathy O'H on December 26, 2011
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I am thoroughly enjoying this practical guide to living the spiritual excercises of St. Ignatius more in my daily life. I am a Catholic who has had the benefit of a Jesuit eduction. Father O'Brien's book is a concise and understandable refresher in how to become more connected to my faith in everyday life. Father Jim Martin's " The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life" is the only other book like this one. Both books give the reader an easy-to-use guide to improving your prayer life. I highly recommend Father O'Brien's book for anyone who wants a realistic and refreshing rubric for how to live in a more mindful and spiritual way. Buy it for anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time with the Jesuits!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Woffingberger on October 21, 2011
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I am moving through the Exercises meaningfully as a result of following the suggestions and clear format of this wonderful guide.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kurt on January 2, 2012
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This excellent resource based on the centuries-old yet still freshly compelling Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola captures the essence of the Jesuit tradition of spirituality and roots it in the depth, as well, of Catholic Christian spirituality for our own times. You'll find an inviting voice in this practical guide to various forms of prayer and meditation, not to mention in the adventure with the God to whom it is meant to draw us more close. Also notable and unique about this resource is the way that Fr. O'Brien weaves in biography, beginning first with the story of St. Ignatius's journey from soldier to saint, and adding reflections from his own life along the way. By unfolding the Exercises in this way, Fr. O'Brien's approach moves one to reflect on how his or her own life story already bears the marks of God's action. And this is appropriate, as the Spiritual Exercises themselves uniquely draw a person to insight into how God's past and present action, whether revealed in moments of extraordinary prayer or in the day-to-day details of our lives, also calls us forward to ever-new decisions about living a life marked by love of God and service of neighbor. This book is a sure guide whether you consider yourself a spiritual novice or someone long on the path but seeking freshness and renewal.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 19, 2012
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St. Ignatius Loyola is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of Christianity. His story of personal conversion is amongst the better-known ones, and even though it may not be as momentous as those of St. Paul and St Augustine, it has had a major impact on Catholic thought and spirituality over the last half a millennia. Aside from establishing the Jesuits, St. Ignatius' greatest spiritual contribution are his famous Spiritual Exercises. These exercises have for many centuries been the foundation upon which countless men and women have built deeper and more thoughtful spiritual lives. Even in today's modern world, which if anything has only deepened our thirst for spiritual and more meaningful existence, spiritual exercises provide an important tool of refined soulcraft.

Fr. Kevin O'Brien's "The Ignatian Adventure" presents a unique and inspiring take on the spiritual exercises. Fr. O'Brien is the director of campus ministry at Georgetown University, and he has a wealth of experience guiding young people on their spiritual journeys. In this book he interweaves anecdotes and experiences form his own journey into priesthood, St. Ignatius' own writings and reflections, as well as words and prayers from many wonderful spiritual authorities. This book is designed to be used as a guide for a 32-week long schedule of exercises, which is a stretched-out version of the traditional month-long intense retreat. As such, the book is intended to be used over an extended period of time. However, due to great writing and remarkable and uplifting insights on almost every page, it has been hard restraining myself from rushing and reading extended portions at a time.

Overall, this is a wonderful book that can be of use to anyone who is serious about his or hir spiritual life, and desires to take it to the next level. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Theodore D. Leon on January 12, 2013
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This is a very solid and user-friendly way to do the Exercises without going away from your regular life of work and family. It takes a concerted effort of 45 minutes per day of quiet prayer time. However, the fruits of the the exercises quickly convince you that the time is well spent. The Jesuit order, with its notion of contemplative a in action, appeals to people of our time, with our necessarily busy lives, making us all the more desirous of quiet contemplation.
I can't recommend this highly enough! Give it five days and you will be hooked!
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Kevin O'Brien, SJ, is a former lawyer who became a Jesuit nearly 18 years ago. He regularly conducts spiritual retreats for the young and old alike. An experienced high school and college teacher, he currently serves as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University, where he is also a visiting lecturer in theology.

"The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily life" is Kevin's first book. The book's core offers 32 weeks of prayers and meditations, the ultimate intent of which is to draw participants into a deeper encounter with God.

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