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The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life Paperback – March 6, 2012
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If I had one word to apply to this book (I considered "inspiring," "educating," "enlightening," and "transforming") it would be clarity. We are in great need of a clear thinker as we ponder together the nature of our humanity and who we are called to be while alive on this earth.
With his rather bold title, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, James Martin, SJ looks like he would fall in the latter category. But happily, what we find here is a treatment of the Christian faith (through a Jesuit lens) which is not difficult to digest, but will challenge the reader to reexamine their stance toward faith. This is not just wordplay when I say "stance toward faith." Martin honestly and respectfully engages readers who may be atheists or agnostics, as well as any Christian still examining their faith. He does note that much of what he offers from his Jesuit life could be adopted by non-Christians. But give Martin credit for not being embarrassed of his faith and making a strong case for Christianity.
Martin acknowledges his own wordplay when he addresses his title. "It's not a guide to understanding everything about everything (thus the Almost). Rather, it's a guide to discovering how God can be found in every dimension of your life." The essence of the book is that every aspect of your life is spiritual -- faith is not just concerned with your thoughts on God, but what you say in those emails to a coworker. This is the first of four definitions that comes from Jesuit spirituality, namely, that everything in your life is important.Read more ›
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This is a book I would purchase for future reference. It is helpful with explanations and useful examples- enjoyed it immenselyPublished 6 days ago by nancy e pitre
I love all of James Martin's books. I do not participate in any type of religion, as I believe Chief Joseph once pointed out, it only causes us to quarrel about God. Read morePublished 7 days ago by TP
I believe I've read just about everything James Martin, S.J. has written. This is a great map of life. Very enjoyable.Published 8 days ago by LiteraryDiva
I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about the Jesuits, and had enjoyed the authors autobiographical "My Life With The Saints. Read morePublished 18 days ago by LPMarie
The book is somewhat long, but does provide good content. It includes information on spiritual exercises like examen and lectio divina. Really anyone can read through it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JoJo
The ultimate book that will answer most all your questions. Beats bothering your priest for answers to all the what ifs? Wonderful index... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Jannings
Fr. James Martins writing is accessible and deep at the same time I have enjoyed his writing very much.Published 1 month ago by anthony donato
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Excellent, skilled writer makes it all worth the effort.Published 1 month ago by Jim S from Henderson