Here are articles and books that I’ve found very helpful in my spiritual journey and return to again and again. These would be featured in my “spiritual reading hall of fame”. When I’ve recommended these for people to read, the feedback I’ve received has been very positive. Having said that, each person was created different, and if these books don’t move you, you need to find something else that does.
- A Personal Reponse to God’s Presence
- The Man Who Planted Trees (Posted on July 26th, 2011)
- Questioning the Questioners (Posted on November 28th, 2011)
- Five Steps to Better Prayer (Posted on December 28th, 2011)
- Superstition of the Faithful (Posted on February 3rd, 2012)
- Pride Cometh After a Blinding Embrace of Legalism (Posted February 14th, 2012)
- Abortion, Contraception and the Church Fathers (Posted on February 27th, 2012)
- Surrender and Strength (Posted on March 30th, 2012)
- When God Says No (Posted on April 20th, 2012)
- Christ Teaches us How to Die (Posted on April 23rd, 2o12)
- 1 and 1 and 1 makes One (Posted on June 8th, 2012)
- Your Screaming Kids are Distracting Me (Posted on July 13th, 2012)
- The Cross is a Kind of Tuning Fork Signaling the True Faith (Posted on July 15th, 2012)
- The Impact of Pornography (Posted on July 26th, 2012)
Added on July 24th, 2011:
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer by Mark E. Thibodeaux. “This user-friendly book blends theory and practice, gently and concretely taking the reader through the first steps of contemplative prayer. Armchair Mystic begins with the necessary details of time and place to pray, then presents the maturation of the prayer life in four stages: Talking at God, Talking to God, Listening to God, and Being with God. Each chapter begins with an Orientation and ends with a concluding summary. Step-by-step exercises throughout the book provide concrete examples of how to use the concepts discussed.” (Amazon.com description)
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Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina by Thelma Hall is a short, easy-to-read book about the ancient practice of Lectio Divina or Divine Reading. For those thirsting for something more in their prayer life this book explains how one can use this tried-and-true way of praying with Scripture. Everything one needs to get started is spelled out for the reader The book ends with some 500 suggested passages to use divided according to various themes.
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin. In this digestible account of all things Jesuit, James Martin, S.J., encapsulates the uniquely Ignatian concept of spirituality. Translating the essence of the Jesuit philosophy into layman’s terms, he uses both traditional stories and personal anecdotes to vividly illustrate the Jesuit approach to God, friendship, social justice, decision-making, prayer, simplicity, obedience, and self-actualization. Martin’s engaging, intimate tone will appeal to anyone interested in understanding the history, the efficacy, and the universality of Jesuit [spirituality.] –Margaret Flanagan — From Booklist
Nearer To The Heart Of God: Daily Readings From The Christian Mystics — This is a spiritual smorgasbord to be sampled slowly to foster prayer, reflection, and progress in one’s spiritual journey. “This comprehensive, inspiring guide to the richness of Christian devotion will introduce you to each time period (ancient, medieval, modern), and to the writings of both women and men that are essential for experiencing the wide range of Christian spirituality. Daily excerpts from classic works are presented in updated language for today, revealing their modern relevance for us.”
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