- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: Alba House; 1St Edition edition (January 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0818909064
- ISBN-13: 978-0818909061
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart 1St Edition Edition
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This book was so good I have already put it back on my pile of books to be read. I know that I cannot glean all the great stuff from it in just one reading. For who in this hectic crazy world would not like a simple tool to help them find peace and to keep it once they have found it? This book will help you do just that. It is one I will add to my all time favorite list!
Here are some sample quotes from the book:
"The more our soul is peaceful and tranquil, the more God is reflected in it, the more His image expresses itself in us, the more His grace acts through us." P.5
"Because only this peace of heart truly liberates us from ourselves, increases our sensitivity to others, and renders us available to our fellow man." P.7
"It is that Christian life is a combat, a war without mercy." P.8
"Every Christian must be thoroughly convinced that his spiritual life can in no way be viewed as the quiet unfolding of an inconsequential life without any problems; rather it must be viewed as the scene of a constant and sometimes painful battle, which will not end until death - a struggle against evil, temptation and the sin that is in him. ... And this combat is, correctly viewed, the place of our purification, of our spiritual growth, where we learn to know ourselves in our weakness and to know God in His infinite mercy." P.9
"One of the dominant aspects of spiritual combat is the struggle on the plane of thoughts." P.13
Then the second section lists and goes over the causes of our loss of peace and how to regain it. There are some great tools for the spiritual life in this section.
The third section in this book is a series of quotes and excerpts from a number of Saints on the process of searching for peace, and on how to maintain that peace. These saints are:
* Juan de Bonilla
* Francis de Sales
* Teresa of Avila
* Marie of the Incarnation
* Francious-Marie-Jacob Libermann
* Padre Pio
These extended quotes will support and expand upon the information in the first two sections of this book.
This book is a must for anyone who really wants to grow deeper in their walk with God and in living in the peace that Jesus Christ promised to his followers.
Other Books By Fr. Jacques Philippe
Searching for and Maintaining Peace
Time For God
In the School of the Holy Spirit
Choose to be Free: the Power of Faith Hope & Charity (A different edition of Interior Freedom)
(These are all his books I have been able to find in English; if you know of any others or how to get them let me know please.)
Peace be with you!
The above holds true especially in today's world, with so many different approaches to addressing mental and spiritual health. Fr. Jacques Philippe's work is concise, clear, and incredibly impactful; lightning in a blue sky. He not only discusses the abstract reasons why peace is essential to the spiritual life, but also goes into details on particular tactics you can use to respond to the ups and downs of the spiritual life.
This is something that all Christians looking to develop or advance their spiritual life could use, but I would especially recommend it to young people (15-25), as they are in years of a lot of pressure and uncertainty leading up to adulthood. Read one short chapter a day and use it as a topic to pray on. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.