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Recommended Ignatian Reading

Looking for inspirational and enlightening books to read? Check out some of the new books published by or about Jesuits.

The Ignatian Adventure

“The Ignatian Adventure”

Author: Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University
Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, follows St. Ignatius’s lead and offers today’s time-strapped individual a unique way of “making” the Spiritual Exercises in daily life. The book recently won an Excellence in Publishing award by the Association of Catholic Publishers.
Available on Amazon
Guiding Your Own Life on the Way of the Lord Jesus: Liberated by the Profound Theologian, Germain Griez

“Guiding Your Own Life on the Way of the Lord Jesus: Liberated by the Profound Theologian, Germain Griez”

Author: Fr. Joseph H. Casey, SJ, professor emeritus at Boston College
Grisez, a lay moral theologian, will equip you to guide your own journey before and to God. Liberated, you will feel you are creating your own self, that your life is in your hands.
Available on Amazon
Patches: A Human Quilter- A Human Church

“Patches: A Human Quilter- A Human Church”

Author: Fr. George Wilson, SJ, writer
Fr. Wilson’s memoir interweaves his experiences as a Jesuit with his craft as a quilter.
Available on Amazon
Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word and Sacrament

“Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word and Sacrament”

Author: Fr. Bruce Morrill, SJ, professor at Vanderbilt University
Draws upon the best of recent biblical, historical, and theological sources to explore how Christ is present in the celebration of the Eucharist in the assembly, presiding minister, biblical word, and ritual sacrament
Available on Amazon
Portraits of One Hundred Catholic Women of Maine

“Portraits of One Hundred Catholic Women of Maine”

Author: Fr. Vincent Lapomarda, SJ, professor of history at College of the Holy Cross
This is a historical collection of biographies that for the first time, survey the story of various Catholic women of Maine.
Available on Amazon
The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland and England, 1589-1597: Building the Faith of Saint Peter upon the King of Spain’s Monarchy

“The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland and England, 1589-1597: Building the Faith of Saint Peter upon the King of Spain’s Monarchy”

Author: Fr. Thomas McCoog, SJ, professor at Fordham University
Through an exhaustive study of the many facets of the Jesuit mission to England between 1589 and 1597, this book provides a fascinating insight not only into Catholic efforts to bring England back into the Roman Church, but also the simmering tensions, and disagreements on how this should be achieved, as well as debates concerning the very nature and structure of English Catholicism.
Available from Ashgate 
Praying the Truth

"Praying the Truth"

Author: Fr. William Barry, SJ, writer and spiritual director
Fr. Barry helps us deepen our friendship with God by examining how to approach God, at any time and with any problem.
Available on Amazon
Diane Brady Fraternity

“Fraternity”

Author: Diane Brady
A book about mentorship, the power of education, and the leadership of Fr. John Brooks, SJ, during a transformative period at the College of the Holy Cross.
Available on Amazon


For additional Ignatian reading

See our previous years' reading lists by and about Jesuits and Ignatian Spirituality and the Summer 2012 recommended reading list from Loyola Press.

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