'THE JESUIT GUIDE TO (ALMOST) EVERYTHING: A Spirituality for Real Life' by Father James Martin, S.J.

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A practical, spiritual guidebook shows how to manage relationships, money, work, prayer, and decision-making, while keeping a sense of humor about it all.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by Father James Martin, S.J.

…as the saying goes: "If you’ve met one Jesuit, you’ve met one Jesuit!"

The word “spirituality” can conjure up images of something private, ethereal, even unattainable. But Father James Martin leads a spiritual life that is both practical and very public. A Jesuit priest with a degree from the Wharton School of Business, the culture editor of the national Catholic magazine America, and a bestselling author, Father Martin is frequently called on to comment on spiritual and religious matters in the national media. On any given day he might celebrate Mass in the morning, help run a magazine in the afternoon, and later appear on live national TV to discuss the top religious stories of the day. Father Martin’s ability to combine the spiritual with the practical is a perfect example of the kind of down-to-earth Jesuit wisdom he describes in his new book, THE JESUIT GUIDE TO (ALMOST) EVERYTHING: A Spirituality for Real Life(HarperOne, Hardcover, $26.99, On-Sale March 9, 2010)

Founded in the 16th century by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the Roman Catholic religious order the Society of Jesus (whose members are known as “Jesuits”) is famous for its ardent commitment to education. Jesuits have a reputation as intelligent people of faith who change lives for the better and make a difference in the real world. Jesuits believe in “finding God in all things,” which, according to Father Martin, means that their teachings can apply to all aspects of everyday life—not just those parts normally deemed “spiritual.”

The time-tested wisdom that Jesuits use to help other people in their daily lives—how to make good decisions, how to move towards freedom, how to be a good friend, how to live a spiritual life in the modern world—is easily applied, but not often explained well to the general public. In THE JESUIT GUIDE TO (ALMOST) EVERYTHING, Father Martin translates almost 500 years worth of Jesuit wisdom and practical know-how for a modern audience, using stories and examples from his own twenty years as a Jesuit and from the lives of the Jesuit saints and spiritual masters.

With both humor and substance, Martin tackles the big questions of life by sharing the spiritual practices that Jesuits have been applying for centuries.

About the Author:
The Rev. James Martin, S.J. is a Jesuit priest, the culture editor of America magazine and author of numerous books, including My Life with the Saints (over 100,000 copies sold), which Publishers Weekly named one of the Best Books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, and has appeared in such diverse venues as NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Fox TV’s The O’Reilly Factor, PBS’s The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, as well as in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, the History Channel, BBC and Vatican Radio. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked with General Electric for several years. He lives in New York City.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
by Rev. James Martin, S.J.
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
On-sale March 9, 2010
Hardcover; $26.99; ISBN: 978-0-06-143268-2


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