Books that deepen your growth in Ignatian Spirituality by continuing and reinforcing your retreat experience away from Loyola.

About the Author: Richard Leonard, S.J. is an Australian born Jesuit. He is guided by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and in part, by his own experiences with a sister (working as a nurse in India) who was left disabled after an auto accident. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting and has authored nine books. He lectures all over the world.

Where the Hell is God

Invites readers to understand that God does not directly will or send pain, suffering, natural disasters, or punishments. We can approach God through these experiences and learn from them, but God is not their “author”. Fr. Leonard is the compassionate guide that all of us wish we had in times of pain, like during COVID 19. The title words were spoken by Fr. Leonard’s mother, while in the hospital, waiting for the reports on her daughter’s accident. (88 pages)

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

Why Bother Praying

Gives guidance on how to pray, where to pray, or just what to say. Discusses the needs for prayer, how different forms of prayer in the Church came to being and how events in the author’s life have shaped his opinion on formal and informal prayer. He adds his own stories as examples of the need to pray. (160 pages)

Cost: $19 (includes postage and sales tax)

The following two books are suggested reading as a follow-up to a retreat experience or for one who has interest in learning more about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola with Commentary

  • A translation of the classic Ignatian text, “The Spiritual Exercises”
  • Provides step-by-step commentary and reflections that explain its meaning and relevance to modern spiritual life
  • An important resource for those seeking to grow spiritually.

(163 pages)

About the Author: Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J. is the Director of a Jesuit Retreat House, the former head of the Jesuit General’s Secretariat for Ignatian Spirituality , the former president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the associate editor of America Magazine.

Cost: $21 (includes shipping and sales tax)

God Finds Us – An Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

  • We are invited inside the Spiritual Exercises
  • It is shown that they are meditations, reflections and prayers
  • These help enliven our Faith and bring about a changed heart more than a changed mind.

(178 pages)

About the Author: Jim Manney has written many popular books on Ignatian Spirituality.  He is a senior editor at Loyola Press. In this book Manney draws on insights he gained from making the Exercises to show that people who are open to God can learn to love and follow Christ and change their lives forever.

Cost: $14 (includes shipping and sales tax)

The following two books are written by renowned Jesuit priest, Fr. Jim Martin. 

About the Author:  The Rev. James Martin, SJ (born 12/29/60) is an American Jesuit Priest, writer and editor-at-large of the Jesuit Magazine, America. He is a New York Times Best Selling author of numerous books and is a frequent commentator on the life and teaching of Jesus and on Ignatian Spirituality as inspired by the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Fr. Martin is considered by many to be the best spiritual writer of our time. 

James Martin – Essential Writings

A treasure trove of insights and reflections of all manner of topics drawn from his articles, books and on-line writings over the past quarter century.  It has all the depth and simplicity, the clarity and compassion we expect from Fr. Martin. 

Topics include: Spirituality and Prayer, The Divine in Daily Life, Solidarity with the Suffering Jesus and Models of Holiness.  (245 pages)

Cost: $26 (includes shipping and sales tax)

Becoming Who You Are

Fr. Martin shows how the quest to know oneself is the quest to know God. He shows us the need to be honest and to accept that we are flawed. His insights are alive with meaning and inspiration.  (98 pages)

Cost: $16 (includes shipping and sales tax)