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Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality Paperback – September 1, 2007
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This refurbished edition of Inner Compass is being published as a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the acclaimed English-language primer on Ignatian spirituality. The new edition features a new introduction and personal invitation to the reader, a greatly expanded resource section, and a new design aimed at a new generation of spiritual readers.
Silf brings to the book both a laywoman’s perspective and a gifted writer’s literary skill. The entire work exudes a congenial, practical outlook and a thoroughly modern sensibility. As Silf says, the book “grew out of questions rather than certainty, discovery rather than doctrine, the experience of everyday living rather than academic study.”
All readers seeking to deepen their relationship with God will benefit from Silf’s dynamic presentation of Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.
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Whatever path you’re on, God is there to guide you . . .
Anyone seeking to deepen his or her relationship with God will greatly benefit from Inner Compass, Margaret Silf’s dynamic presentation of the profound insights of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. While reflective, the work exudes a congenial, practical outlook and a thoroughly modern sensibility. As Silf points out, the book “grew out of questions rather than certainty, discovery rather than doctrine, the experience of everyday living rather than academic study.”
This tenth-anniversary edition of the acclaimed Inner Compass features a new introduction and personal invitation to the reader, plus a significantly expanded resource section. Devoted followers of Ignatian spirituality and spiritual seekers alike will find that wherever life has led them, Inner Compass offers renewed direction and purpose and helps them recognize the will of God within their own hearts.
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The strengths of the book are its lovely style, the honesty of the author's personal examples, and the creativity and depth of "Suggestions for Prayer and Discussion" that are posed at the end of each chapter. The latter clearly come from a wealth of retreat experience.
In the introduction, Silf modestly writes that her book "is not a way of actually making the Exercises." While that is technically true, many readers may feel they have begun to do so.
The book is divided into fifteen easy to read chapters which are subdivided for individual reflection if it is desired. Each chapter also contains helpful prayer exercises that can be used at the time of reading or as prayer helps at a later date.
I have noticed that she also the author of two other books, which if they are the quality of this book, will be a pleasure to read.
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.
The purpose of the exercises is not to get through them by set dates. People a re supposed to dwell on a passage that moves them, until they no longer feel that they learn from it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book came to my attention as I was organizing organizing and Ignitian retreat. It rocked my world. BTW. The retreat sold out.Published 2 months ago by Dream Writer
In the introduction, Margaret Silf says, "All that a book can do is point out some of the landmarks along the way and invite readers to discover their own unique path into the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Valerie Sjodin
A wonderful book, loved by many.
A great introduction to the Ignatian exercises.
Purchased as a gift on recommendation of someone who used it in a group study.Published 14 months ago by JD
I have searched for years for this kind of information. How does one pray with honesty, without fear? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ebook Hunter