Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

Author : Larry Warner
£12.99

Second edition of a spirituality classic

This book is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, to help you to embark on a life-transforming journey toward Christlikeness. For nearly 500 years, the Exercises have been a tool for spiritual formation. During those years their popularity has ebbed and flowed, but they are now experiencing something of a revival across the breadth of the church. This is not a book about the methods or techniques of Christian formation but one that enables you to come before God through the gospel narratives in order to encounter Jesus afresh. If you hunger for something deeper, yearn to walk with Jesus (not just read about him) and desire to embrace more of what God is doing in and through you, then this is the book for you.

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Title Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius
Author Larry Warner
Description

This book is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, to help you to embark on a life-transforming journey toward Christlikeness. For nearly 500 years, the Exercises have been a tool for spiritual formation. During those years their popularity has ebbed and flowed, but they are now experiencing something of a revival across the breadth of the church. This is not a book about the methods or techniques of Christian formation but one that enables you to come before God through the gospel narratives in order to encounter Jesus afresh. If you hunger for something deeper, yearn to walk with Jesus (not just read about him) and desire to embrace more of what God is doing in and through you, then this is the book for you.

Originally published in 2011.

Details
  • Product code: 9780857469779
  • Published: 22 May 2020
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Dimensions: 130mm wide and 198mm high

This book is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, to help you to embark on a life-transforming journey toward Christlikeness. For nearly 500 years, the Exercises have been a tool for spiritual formation. During those years their popularity has ebbed and flowed, but they are now experiencing something of a revival across the breadth of the church. This is not a book about the methods or techniques of Christian formation but one that enables you to come before God through the gospel narratives in order to encounter Jesus afresh. If you hunger for something deeper, yearn to walk with Jesus (not just read about him) and desire to embrace more of what God is doing in and through you, then this is the book for you.

Originally published in 2011.

Larry Warner is the founder and executive director of 'b', an organisation that develops and provides spiritual formation experiences and retreats. He is also an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary in San Diego and a member of Spiritual Directors International.

From The Church Times, review of the first edition.

'Ignatius's text is re-presented in a modern format and with the needs of people today in mind. Warner himself is an experienced Ignatian retreat-giver, and there is a solidity and assurance to his presentation which inspires confidence. As in the case of the original, this is not a book for armchair spiritual reading, but a manual for those who wish to incorporate the Exercises into their life. But Warner is merciful to those whose time is limited, and rich in suggestions for alternative modes of practice where necessary.'

 

Review by Richard Frost, author and blogger

Previously published in the USA, this book provides very clear explanations and instructions about how to use this well-recognised Ignatian approach. The author’s experience as a spiritual director and provider of retreats is plain to see.

What is also helpful – and rather unusual in many respects – is that Larry Warner makes it equally plain that his book may not be right for everyone. He describes how the book is not a ‘watered down’ version of the Exercises but that his approach is to make them relevant for today.

He provides a clear explanation about how to use the book and the Exercises with helpful and practical guidance. If you are acquainted with contemplative approaches then some of the content may be known to you but, as Warner himself emphasizes, don’t be tempted to skip over the familiar as there are valuable reminders and insights to be found. Indeed, the first third of the book is all about preparation.

The reader is taken through each step of the preparation, principle and foundation of the Exercises themselves. Warner addresses the need to manage expectations, to be patient with oneself and the reality that undertaking the exercises will be ‘an up and down’ experience.

Warner’s style is clear, practical, dogmatic and sometimes repetitive. But this clear, unambiguous approach suits the purpose envisaged by Ignatius. The author is clear to acknowledge on many occasions that the content could be overwhelming – and in a sense yes, it is (but there again, I was reading it for review and not over several months as required). He also tries to dissuade the reader from doing the Exercises alone and paints a very clear picture about how they should be approached, in the company of an experienced spiritual director – but that is adequately balanced by encouragement, support and having the best for the reader in mind. ‘Remember, the goal is not to reach the end of the Exercises,’ he writes, ‘but to experience God in the midst of them.’

It's not a book for the faint-hearted but is an excellent guide to this most valuable and life-transforming journey towards Christlikeness… oh, and you can blow bubbles and use whipped cream in the process too.

Richard Frost is the author of Life with St Benedict and writes a blog at workrestpray.com