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Seven Life-Changing Moments
  • By Brendan McManus, Jim Deeds
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One of the traps in the spiritual life is assuming that things will happen miraculously in one dramatic, unrepeatable moment. The authors illustrate the "slow work of God" (Teilhard de Chardin), an unfolding of God's plan for our lives over time, as a much more helpful and humanising way to look at faith. Using details from the life of St Ignatius Loyola, this book presents a hopeful vision of a compassionate God who is always with us, working powerfully to guide us through the messy experiences of life.

The book highlights that the saint is not made in one moment and that knowing God and oneself involves a process rather than a single event. The authors use seven distinct moments from the life of St Ignatius to illustrate how God works through the unexpected twists and turns of life and how this process plays out over a number of years - twists and turns that Ignatius experienced as he developed from the impulsive soldier with vain heroic ambitions, to the wounded pilgrim in search of deeper meaning in life. It took Ignatius over fifteen years to be able to fully listen to what God was saying - the slow work of God indeed.

The 7 stages of Ignatius' life that reflect this slow process of growth in the Spirit are:

- Lack of awareness and superficial religion (being 'asleep' his life as a courtier & soldier)

- Waking up (his dreams shattered at Pamplona, the painful convalescing at Loyola)

- Extremes (initial over-enthusiasm of being a pilgrim on the road to Manresa)

- Eyes Opened (deepening in faith at Montserrat, Manresa & the Cave)

- Gaining wisdom (beginning again, studying in Barcelona)

- Gathering a group (spiritual conversations about what to do, deliberations in Venice & Rome)

- Embracing leadership (going against his pilgrim instincts to head up the Society in Rome)

Each of the points above form a chapter in the book and the Ignatian spirituality points from each are drawn out and explained in imagined conversations with God, reflections, scripture pieces and real-life applications. The authors have established a very popular style of conveying the essentials of Ignatian spirituality and readers will find the book both accessible and enjoyable.
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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781788125383
    • Manufacturer: Messenger Pubn
    • ISBN 13: 9781788125383
    • Publication Date: 05/30/2022
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Jim Deeds
    • Author: Brendan McManus

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