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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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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.
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
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.
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?Read more ›
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Dr. Martin has written a guide to growing in union with God through Christ Jesus, that is remarkable in its depth and clarity. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Dave Nodar
Very enjoyable book. It takes the reader on a unique journey through the writings of many saints and ties those spiritual writings to our every day lives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike
It makes one aware of the Deep Spiritual promptings of the Holy Spirit by using the examples of the Scriptures and the SaintsPublished 3 months ago by Connie
This book was recommended to me by a Priest. I was concerned that it may be too "academic", but Martin writes about the mystics in language that is easily understandable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frances August
This book is life changing if we let it be. The book takes you from the start to the end of the spiritual journey to God (the Fulfillment of All Desire) with the wisdom of 7... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tyler L.