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The 10 Best Books to Read for Easter: Selections to Inspire, Educate, and Provoke

by James Martin

New York Times bestselling author James Martin, SJ, presents The 10 Best Books to Read for Easter. This free sampler is a curated volume of excerpts from new and classic titles from leading authors in the field, including C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, Desmond Tutu, Ann Patchett, Candida Moss, John Dominic Crossan, Father Jonathan Morris, and Thomas H. Groome. The 10 Best Books to Read for Easter: Selections to Inspire, Educate, and Provoke includes: An Introduction from James Martin, SJ And excerpts from: Together on Retreat by James Martin, SJ Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright Made for Goodness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu Not Less Than Everything by Catherine Wolff (Editor) The Worthless Servant by Ann Patchett The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss The Greatest Prayer by John Dominic Crossan God Wants You Happy by Father Jonathan Morris Will There Be Faith? by Thomas H. Groome The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, SJ

Between Heaven and Mirth

by James Martin

In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life's absurdities-not to mention our own humanity. Father Martin invites believers to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy. Holy people are joyful people, says Father Martin, offering countless examples of healthy humor and purposeful levity in the stories of biblical heroes and heroines, and in the lives of the saints and the world's great spiritual masters. He shows us how the parables are often the stuff of comedy, and how the gospels reveal Jesus to be a man with a palpable sense of joy and even playfulness. In fact, Father Martin argues compellingly, thinking about a Jesus without a sense of humor may be close to heretical. Drawing on Scripture, sharing anecdotes from his experiences as a lifelong Catholic, a Jesuit for over twenty years, and a priest for more than ten, and including amusing and insightful sidebars, footnotes, and jokes, Father Martin illustrates how joy, humor, and laughter help us to live more spiritual lives, understand ourselves and others better, and more fully appreciate God's presence among us. Practical how-to advice helps us use humor to show our faith, embrace our humanity, put things into perspective, open our minds, speak truth, demonstrate courage, challenge power, learn hospitality, foster effective human relations, deepen our relationship with God, and ... enjoy ourselves. Inviting God to lighten our hearts, we can enjoy a little heaven on earth.

Flies (Nature's Children)

by James Martin

Describes the physical features, habits and habitat of flies, mosquitoes and midges.

How Can I Find God?: The Famous and the Not-So-Famous Consider the Quintessential Question

by James Martin

This vibrant collection brings together an array of voices addressing the question of how one might approach the search for God.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

by James Martin

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.

Jesus

by James Martin

A gifted storyteller and spiritual director, Father James Martin, SJ, invites readers to experience the stories of the Gospels in a completely new, vivid, and exciting way to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus. Moving sequentially through the Gospels, considering not only familiar passages but also the "hidden life" of Jesus, the book offers a bold retelling of the life of Christ, faithful to the Christian tradition, while meditating on parts of the narrative that have often escaped notice. Martin provides personal stories from his own life, the most up-to-date biblical scholarship, and powerful anecdotes from beloved spiritual teachers, and brings the reader along on his own real-life travels through the Holy Land. Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual reflections about the Christ of faith, Martin re-creates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher us into Jesus's life and times and reveal how Jesus speaks to us today. Jesus: A Pilgrimage is an invitation to know Jesus as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother.

My Life with the Saints

by James Martin

These holy people can be admired by Christians and non-Christians alike. They can teach us all how to live, how to learn and grow into better human beings. They are worthy of respect rather than adoration. Here are people living as well as they can rather than plaster saints. The author's humor and writing style make both his life and theirs all too human.

Together on Retreat

by James Martin

How can we find God? How can we pray? What can we learn about Jesus from the New Testament stories about his ministry around the Sea of Galilee? In this innovative e-book, Rev. James Martin, S.J. invites us on an actual retreat to answer those questions and to encounter God's presence in prayer and meditation. Martin, an experienced spiritual guide, teaches you how to pray with Scriptures and answers your questions about prayer in ways that are accessible to both doubtful seekers and devout believers. This fresh, insightful and personal retreat experience is a must for anyone looking to explore this ancient practice in a contemporary way. This enhanced digital edition includes reflection questions for personal study or reading groups, plus additional photos and video shot by Rev. James Martin during his trip to the Sea of Galilee for a full retreat experience.

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