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4.53 out of 54.53 out of 54.53 out of 54.53 out of 54.53 out of 5 4.53 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Martin Narrator: James Martin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780062109996
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St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Society of Jesus (aka the Jesuits), was known for his practical spirituality. 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.

The Ignatian goal of "finding God in all things" eans that every part of our lives can lead us to God. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything shows us how this is possible, with user-friendly examples, humorous stories and anecdotes from the heroic and inspiring lives of Jesuit saints and average priests and brothers, as well as examples from Martin's twenty years as a Jesuit. The traditional wisdom that Jesuits use to help other people in their daily lives is easily applied, but not often explained well to the general public. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything translates these insights of St. Ignatius for a modern audience and reveals how we can find God—and how God can find us—in the real world of work, love, suffering, decisions, prayer, and friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Martin’s book becomes like a read-along spiritual director, someone to prompt you with question, redirect your gaze, and help you ‘discern where God might be speaking to you.’”

    USA Today

  • “A remarkable achievement.”

    Tablet (London)

  • “Excellent…accessible, comprehensive, often humorous.”

    Commonweal

  • “Written beautifully and with frequent touches of humor, James Martin offers all of us a rich spiritual feast.”

    Catholic Digest (Editor’s Top Pick)

  • “Martin has done a creditable job of making the Ignatian way relevant to a contemporary audience.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gurzagal | 2/20/2014

    " Read this book on the recommendation of the principal of my son's Jesuit high school to obtain a general background of the philosophical framework in which my son's education is occurring. It was wonderful -- and educational -- for that purpose. I had no idea that the Jesuits are such Buddhists! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/9/2014

    " Forgot to update this. It's been a while since I finished it. I am very interested in Ignatian spirituality and this book is a very good introduction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 2/6/2014

    " my favorite book of the year. i've recommended this to virtually everyone i've spoken with "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Leigh | 2/4/2014

    " This isn't the sort book I'd read cover to cover, but it is the sort of book I pick up now and again and read a few pages of, and get something helpful from it every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fraser Dyer | 1/26/2014

    " No not the TV chef James Martin. The Jesuit priest James Martin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Dziennik | 1/26/2014

    " Very useful lessons for daily living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Remley | 1/20/2014

    " Read My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ and really enjoyed his writing so when I saw this book, I thought I would read it. Was very good with lots of practical ideas that one can apply to their life whether they are Catholic, Christian or anything else for that matter. I have lots of respect for St. Ignatius. Wish I had known of his ways before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/15/2014

    " A wonderful book that is very clear in meaning on some deep subjects of spirituality, history, and everything Jesuit. Injected with humor as well. I really enjoyed the author's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Chadwick | 1/12/2014

    " One of the most practical books about prayer and God's guidance that I've ever read (and that's saying a lot). Very encouraging! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 1/7/2014

    " I am a Catholic and very biased, but I loved this book! I want to read more about St. Ignatius. I recommend it to anyone who wants to put God in their life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I was a little wary at the first chapter, but after that, it definitely gave me food for thought and reflection. Plus, I have a soft spot for the Jesuits and they way they think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 11/14/2013

    " An interesting, light-hearted look at the basics of Jesuit spirituality. Fr. Martin doesn't preach; he explains and uses personal stories to illustrate. I learned a great deal reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/11/2013

    " Great book that deepend my understanding of Ignatian spirituality and religion in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Butler | 2/19/2013

    " It is a great way to lead your life and I have been truly inspire by this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jsmith1000 | 11/19/2012

    " Beautiful and deeply personal insight into his relationship with God and his faith journey. The concept that God comes to you, as you are is freeing. One doesn't have to wait or prepare to establish a friendship with God. He's already there for you; just reach out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 9/13/2012

    " If you need a good read for Lent, start here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Vore | 8/11/2012

    " A Spirituality for Real Life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Sconce | 6/18/2012

    " Excellent advice and perspective for spiritual development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Espresso | 6/16/2012

    " This book was wonderful. I borrowed it from my Godfather, and now I need to buy it for myself. I foresee purchasing this book and gifting it many, many, many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Terrazas | 6/11/2012

    " I'm not particularly religious nor have I ever been, but the rational thinker in me cannot but admire the practicality of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skari | 4/20/2012

    " Could have been a bit more concise in places, but it had some very interesting ideas on prayer and decision making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/20/2012

    " Pretty good read! And kinda funny. Who knew priests could be hilarious? Martin's prose is really accessible and NOT preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 11/25/2011

    " Don't like to read about religion but this book is pretty good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 9/8/2011

    " Great book about the spirituality of the Jesuits and especially the founder St. Ignatius Loyola. Enjoyed his writing style very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren | 5/28/2011

    " I really liked almost everything about this book. It was personal, informative and challenging. I like having more places to go after reading something and Fr. Martin has pointed me back to Ignatius himself as well as to Margaret Silf (Inner Compass).

    Thanks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Salvatore | 5/6/2011

    " Well writtem book about how the Jesuits handle sprituality, faith, loss, and pretty much everything else. Inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/4/2011

    " essential reading for any progressive, thoughtful Catholic and welcoming to seekers of all persuasions A book that I will return to again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty | 2/23/2011

    " This is a well written book that makes Ignatian spirituality accessible to everyone. An especially useful section describes how to use the examen to see God working in our daily life.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/8/2011

    " A must read!!! Very, very good book with so many insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/2/2011

    " If you need a good read for Lent, start here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/21/2011

    " This was a great book. Funny, informative, and gave a real sense of Ignatian Spirituality.

    I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 1/17/2011

    " This book has definitely helped me grow in not only my spirituality but also as a man. It has also given me some worthy advice when it comes to discernment and my career. I wish someone would have given me this advice when I was in college "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 1/11/2011

    " I really liked it...it gave me a lot to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/5/2011

    " Still wading across this and the water is just fine. I savor the chapters and feel as if I want to reflect on each one rather than race through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/3/2011

    " Excellent introduction to Jesuit spirituality that would suit believers and non believers alike. Highly recomended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cappy | 12/25/2010

    " This book is a great read for anyone, novice to provincial! "

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About the Author

Reverend James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor-at-large of America magazine, and the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Jesus. He has written for many publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s Fresh Air, Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, and the PBS NewsHour to Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuit order in 1988, he graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years.