The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life

by James Martin


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The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by the Revered James Martin, SJ (My Life with the Saints) is a practical spiritual guidebook based on the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Centered around the Ignatian goal of “finding God in all things,” The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything shows us how to manage relationships, money, work, prayer, and decision-making, all while keeping a sense of humor.  Filled with user-friendly examples, humorous stories, and anecdotes from the heroic and inspiring lives of Jesuit saints and average priests and brothers, The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything is sure to appeal to fans of Kathleen Norris, Richard Rohr, Anne Lamott, and other Christian Spiritual writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061432699
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 34,949
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared on all the major networks, and in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Way of Proceeding What Is Ignatian Spirituality? 1

Chapter 2 The Six Paths Spiritual, Religious, Spiritual but Not Religious, and Everything in Between 29

Chapter 3 What Do You Want? Desire and the Spiritual Life 57

Chapter 4 Beautiful Yesterdays Finding God and Letting God Find You 86

Chapter 5 Beginning to Pray So I've Found God... Now What? 103

Chapter 6 Friendship with God Father Barry's Insight 115

Chapter 7 God Meets You Where You Are Ignatian Traditions of Prayer 143

Chapter 8 The Simple Life The Surprising Freedom of Downward Mobility 174

Chapter 9 Like the Angels? Chastity, Celibacy, and Love 213

Chapter 10 More by Deeds Than by Words Friendship and Love 231

Chapter 11 Surrendering to the Future Obedience, Acceptance, and Suffering 266

Chapter 12 What Should I Do? The Ignatian Way of Making Decisions 305

Chapter 13 Be Who You Is! Work, Job, Career, Vocation... and Life 339

Chapter 14 The Contemplative in Action Our Way of Proceeding 389

A Question-and-Answer Session with James Martin, S.J. 399

Questions for Personal Reflection or Reading Groups 402

Ten Things You (Almost) Didn't Know About Jesuits 409

Friends in the Lord 411

Acknowledgments 415

For Further Exploration 417

Index 423

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Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
VirginiaVA More than 1 year ago
I saw this book promoted in 'America' magazine, so ordered it when it came out. Having read a few of Father James Martin's other books, this book really stands out - incredibly well-organized and crafted to make the spiritual life (Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius inclusive) easily accessible for all. I have many heavy tomes on the spiritual life and Spiritual Exercises (heavy not just in weight!) & have done several 8-day silent retreats with the Jesuits and Trappists, but this is one of the best guides to the spiritual life I've ever read. Thank you, Father Martin, for all your work putting this together - I love all the quotes, the history, the format (highlighted boxes inclusive!), the honest personal examples (especially like the humility humor!)...and the simplicity. This book will be treasured for a long time. Highly recommend to those who have been on the spiritual journey for a long time as a welcomed refresher and to those just beginning a journey -- there's something great in it for everyone.
LuckyladySC More than 1 year ago
Father Martin's book is not only educative but enlightening for the inexperienced reader of books of this nature. He tells facts in a clear concise and often amusing way. And he writes in such a manner as to offer the reader the opportunity to absorb his subject matter in great or small amounts at each reading. THE JESUIT GUIDE is a must read especially for all those who have heard of and appreciated the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, but never participated for lack of time or proper understanding. It is also for those think spirituality and religion are mutually exclusive or that perhaps the former is accessible only to saints. Father Martin is the author of several other extremely readable books. It is worth the time to read them as well as this one. Keep them coming Father Martin.
Real4Truth More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book on spirituality that is real, genuine, fresh, relational, practical, insightful, funny, honest and just plain refreshing. James Martin's book, The Jesuit Guide To (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life is a book that explores principles, practices and sometimes wild experiences from Martin's own life, who has been a Jesuit for about twenty years, as well as the lives of various saints, Christians, professors and fellow journeyers and mainly from his main spiritual mentor: St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). St. Ignatius Loyola is not only Martin's mentor but the "way of Ignatius" "has helped millions of people-from the doubtful seeker to the devout believer-find freedom, make friends, live simply, work sensibly, fall in love, experience joy, and enter into a relationship with God." James Martin is the kind of guy you would want as your spiritual coach and director. His ability to articulate a theology concerning the immanence and closeness of God is liberating, especially for those who are used to experiencing God as "super holy," "super mad" and completely transcendent. Martin helps paint us a picture of a God who is all around us and provides us with smear free glasses (well almost smear free glasses, lol) to help us see and experience God in new and liberating ways. In some ways it is a book on Sacred Semiotics and gives us the ability to see God in every aspect of life, demolishing the tendency of dichotomizing and compartmentalizing our religious lives. There is so much to comment about in his book. It is like taking a class that when really engaged can drastically change your life. One thing that I found insightful was his take on those who consider themselves "spiritual" as opposed to "religious." I must admit, I have also used that card on similar occasions. It is so common nowadays to claim one is spiritual and not religious. There are so many actors and actresses, artists and musicians who boast in their/our postmodern spirituality and eschew any mention of being religious or the topic of religion in general (unless degrading it). Even Anne Rice is now throwing away "religion," leaving Christianity and keeping her "spirituality" and love for Jesus. But Martin suggests that we need both. We need religion and we need spirituality to help mold a more complete, healthy and vibrant faith. While Martin admits that religion, "can lead people to do terrible things"(p.48), he also suggests that religion can thwart our rampant individualism and keep us grounded amidst a corrective and loving community. And if the community gets out of whack then prophets will rise up exposing the hypocrisy and bring the community back to balance. Martin writes, "It's a healthy tension: the wisdom of our religious traditions provides us with a corrective for our propensity to think that we have all the answers; and prophetic individuals moderate the natural propensity of institutions to resist change and growth. As with many aspects of the spiritual life, you need to find life in the tension" (p.48). So, I am now both "spiritual and religious" and unashamed. The Jesuit Guide To (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life is a wonderful book and will enlighten all who read it. You will be freer to love yourself, love others, love God and love the world. Guaranteed!!
Ozwell More than 1 year ago
Author James Martin delivers an entertaining and honest guide to his life as a Jesuit priest. This is a terrific book if you've ever been curious about the historical and philosophical side of the Jesuit order. I can't imagine how a book on this topic could be any better. I found this book to be both educational and useful.
SpikesMom More than 1 year ago
Do we really need another self help book? Yes if it's this one. Not a step-by-step guide, but a thoughtful stroll down the lovely path of life on Earth. It has helped me refocus my relationships with friends, family and all those drivers on the freeway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Martin invites you in and holds you through the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a little bit of history, a little bit of religion, a little bit of humor, a little bit of practical advice on how to live a simpler more intentional life. Loved it
pazms More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for my son, who attended a Jesuit college (Scranton). I wound up reading it myself, and decided I needed a copy for myself. The book is filled with very usable advice and suggestions for living well. It was fun to read, and is very down to earth. I have already started applying some of the principles of St. Ignatius, and they really help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy reading, thought provoking, adaptable to your own needs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book to guide you through life. Written so even those who are not Catholic, Christian, or a believer can gain much in wisdom and good life practices.
CarolineCo More than 1 year ago
I would have liked it more if there had been more anecdotes about how the spirituality is actually practiced. It reads like a textbook at times--these are the procedures of Ignatian spirituality.
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good introduction to Ignatian spirituality, both historically and how it applies to real life decision-making.
dickmanikowski on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read, but I allowed myself to get sidetracked by other books.
penelopemarzec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully candid and practical guide to Ignatian spirituality.
hazel1123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very useful book for me in spiritual growth. It's about practical applications of the Spiritual Exercises. The thoughts and 'advice' applies to real people who live in a real (busy/confusing/demanding) world. I bought another copy for my son because I thought he would like it, and I don't want to give up my copy. I will go back and read parts of this book over and over. I really don't think I can recommend this book too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Is a great guide for developing a stronger spirituality
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading now it's time to experience God in my life
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I read this book in Jan. 2014 and found it a very interesting book by a gifted writer. You will learn about the Jesuits & perhaps, more importantly, yourself! The book provides practices to apply to daily life and ways to approach prayer life. You will want to read it again...and, I just purchased as a Christmas gift for a family member! I definitely can recommend.
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