A Guide to God, Love, Happiness, Friendship, Work, Prayer, Simple Living, Making Good Choices, Facing Hardships, and Keeping a Sense of Humor About it All, According to the 500-Year-Old Way of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
A practical, spiritual guidebook based on the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola that shows us how to manage relationships, money, work, prayer, and decision making and keeping a sense of humor about it all.
The Roman Catholic religious order - the Society of Jesus, a.k.a. "The Jesuits" - was founded in the 16th century by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Famous for their practical spirituality and ardent commitment to education, the Jesuits have a reputation as smart people of faith who change lives for the better and make a difference in the world.
The traditional wisdom that Jesuits use to help other people in their daily lives - how to make decisions, how to move towards freedom, how to live a spiritual life in the modern world - are easily applied, but not often explained well to the general public. The Jesuit Guide to Everything translates the 500-year-old insights of Saint Ignatius (often called "Ignatian spirituality") for a modern audience, using stories and examples from Martin's 20 years as a Jesuit and from the lives of the great Jesuit saints and spiritual masters.
Ignatius' mission was to integrate spirituality with the practical concerns of everyday life. "Finding God in all things" could easily qualify as the Jesuit motto because every area of our lives - relationships, money, work, prayer, and decision making - has deep spiritual significance.
With both humor and substance, Martin delivers a terrific read as he helps readers tackle the big questions of life by sharing the spiritual practices the Jesuits have been applying for 500 years. It's this kind of no nonsense spirituality that explains why Ignatian retreats are the most popular spiritual retreats in both Catholic and Protestant churches around the country.
- GREAT NATIONAL MEDIA PLATFORM: Martin a regular commentator on top-national NPR programs, writes regularly for to print outlets - such as the New York Times - and is the unofficial "show chaplain" on The Colbert Report national TV show.
- LARGE CATHOLIC AND CROSSOVER AUDIENCE: Martin is an editor/writer for America magazine - one of the top Catholic periodicals in the United States and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the Catholic community.
- STRONG TRACK: Martin's two previous books--his spiritual memoir, My Life with the Saints, sold over 70,000 copies in both editions and continues to sell well every week.
---Roman Catholics, mainline Protestants
---General spirituality readers, fans of Anne Lamott
---Readers of Mother Teresa and Catholic devotionals