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The Ignatian Workout: Daily Exercises for a Healthy Faith Paperback – June 1, 2004
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"The Ignatian Workout is a valuable contribution to contemporary writing on Ignatian spirituality. Muldoon does a fine job of illustrating just how relevant this spirituality is for today’s young adults."
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Get Fit Spiritually
We look at the world—and at God—in drastically different ways than our ancestors did, and yet the wisdom of a sixteenth-century Catholic saint perfectly suits our doubtful, antiauthoritarian, pluralistic age. St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we could know God better by paying attention to his work in our lives, our experiences, our imagination, and our feelings. His Spiritual Exercises, an enduring masterpiece of spiritual insight, teaches us to grow spiritually by learning to respond in concrete, practical ways to this divine presence.
The Ignatian Workout presents St. Ignatius’s wisdom in today’s language—as a daily program of “workouts” to achieve spiritual fitness, tailored to people with busy schedules. It is a program that shows us how to recognize and respond to a God who is already at work in us, inviting us into a deeper relationship and into richer lives of love and service.
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The book is an introduction to the spiritual life based on the writings of St. Ignatius. He gives some basic insights into prayer then has four sections or "workouts" which are modified versions of the thirty day retreat. The key to getting the most from the exercises is perseverance and Muldoon believes that the workouts can be a springboard to a deeper spiritual life. He also includes a bibliography pf some wonderful books for further reading and includes some of my own favorites in his list: Margaret Silf's THE INNER COMPASS, James Martin SJ's IN GOOD COMPANY, Thomas Merton's THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN, and Gerard Hughes' GOD OF SURPRISES. He also includes websites for Creighton University and Sacred Space which have great materials and a list of retreat houses. Readers have more than an abundance of suggestions to deepen their spiritual life after reading.
Muldoon's writing style is engaging and the book should have a broad appeal.Read more ›
Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith
Publisher: Loyola Press (...)
A new form of physical workout? Judging from the book cover and its head title (sans the sub-title), this book could well be perceived as a new method of physical workout. The cover features a man walking briskly on what seems like hot dry desert space. When I was reading this book on the train to work, I felt like the other commuters who had casually glanced my way would figure that I was reading a health book. Perhaps they're thinking I was trying to lose weight!
Tim Muldoon, the author, uses the image of rowers hard at practice to explain the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order in the Catholic Church. Here the author presents the Four Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises in simple layman and contemporary language. It is beautiful how he works the spiritual jargons into modern language and how he uses the nuances and practices of men who spent much time to perfect their craft of rowing. I think this is a creative way to make the Spiritual Exercises more readable and understandable. The essence of the Spiritual Exercises remains as St. Ignatius taught, that is, bible passages are given for reflection but the contemplative stance has a modern flavour to it.
If you care for a spiritual workout in layman's terms, pick this book up. Have a happy journey!
Ideally these exercises are taken under the guidance of a spiritual director. Traditionally, people used to withdraw from society for a month to dedicate their lives to nothing but the exercises and listening for God's direction. Some very fortunate people still can afford the luxury of unemployment for a month and indulge in this type of direction. Some Catholic religious orders require the retreat before their members commit themselves to membership by vows. However, for most of us normal working Christians, decent spiritual direction is hard to find. I tried to do a local version of the exercises, that lasted several months, meeting with a spiritual director as a group once a week, but the spiritual directors kept canceling on the group and then changing, which made it difficult to develop rapport. If you find yourself in a similar situation, Tim Muldoon's book is the next best thing to a private retreat designed for a person who can't leave the world full-time to listen to God.
I thought the organization of the spiritual workouts was not very clear, which is why I rated the book "four" rather than "five" stars. During the Spiritual exercises, people meditate on a scriptural passage every day at the same time, for at least 30 minutes.Read more ›
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I have been checking this book out from the library for the past 6 months and then decided that this book is a keeper and I need to have my own personal copy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. Roth
Very good book for learning the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. I found it very informative since I have gone through the exercises.Published on June 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I liked the authors treatment of the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. I believe the book is directed primarily to a Young Adult (20-30) audience, I'm a good deal older than... Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by N B.
Excellent "run" through Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises using the metaphor of the athlete, for actual athletes. Very Good choice.Published on October 31, 2013 by Thora Wease
This is a great book to use for spiritual growth on a daily basis. It makes Ignatian exercises and spirituality easy to incorporate into ones life on a frequent if not daily basis. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Reader54
Muldoon mixes a perfect blend of grounded theology and practical advice in this easy-to-read guide to Ignatian philosophy, using real world examples from his personal life,... Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It is really interesting that this book does explicitly what few religious texts do, but one thinks they would. Namely, it compares spiritual endeavors to physical fitness. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Peter P. Fuchs
Perhaps the most important of spiritual practices is connecting with God each day. With the running back and forth of the daily life of many of us, we don't seem to have much time... Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by Adolph Menendez