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Although not recommended by the author I did read straight through it without doing the exercises at the end of each chapter.

Gerard Hughes goes back to the basics on how faith/our relationship with God and our spirituality should be. En conséquence, toutes les commandes passées en ligne entre le 26 et le 31 janvier seront retardées. Written for ‘bewildered, confused and disillusioned Christians’ as a guide for the inner spiritual journey in which we are all engaged, God of Surprises has much to say to those who have a love/hate relationship with the Church to which they belong or once belonged.God is a ‘God of Surprises’ because He is not remote or distant, dwelling only in tabernacles and temples of stone, but near to us. The exercises given at the end of each chapter helps to interiorize and work on the insights gained. Through many practical suggestions for heightened prayer, including Ignatian exercises and Jungian exploration, God of Surprises guides readers along the inner journey which reveals to us a God we may not have expected to find. As I have not read the original I cannot comment on it's updatedness but I am informed that any new material is minimal.

It feels like an enormous handbrake turn for the book to take as it should be concluding and as a result it doesn't really feel finished. I read it through once, pondering over paragraphs, pages, perspectives and ideas, rolling them around in my heart and mind and applying them to my everyday life. In the Seventh Chapter, the author gives some exercises that will help us recognize the action of God in our lives and give him praise, thanks and glory for it. In this chapter the author expresses his inner feelings regarding nuclear war and beautifully presents the Christian approach to nuclear weaponry and warfare. Not to satisfy some super judge, nor to comply with the strictures of any religion, but rather because God loves us all and wants everyone to know it and rejoice in that knowledge.It is a pity that Hughes never mentions the great value of asking others for help and companionship in one's spiritual journey. The booklet includes extracts from the original book plus new material written by Hughes for the course, and ends with suggestions for different ways of praying. I think that Gerard Hughes' railing against the church in which he serves, a little intriguing as I wonder what else he would have done.

Hughes' premise, that `Our treasure lies in our inner life', may cause eye-rolling suspicion of New Ageism to some readers. I was particularly taken with a simple yet profound definition of sin - the refusal to let God be God in my life. The 2022 edition of this evergreen classic comes with a new foreword written by Margaret Silf and is presented in paperback with a contemporary cover design and French flaps. Yet, the degree of personal objectivity and ability required to judge one's own emotions and progress as suggested in this book is in reality very hard to even begin achieving. Hughes openly challenges many of the most commonly-observed pillars of organized religion but productively offers solutions for churches progressing with the times to serve modern humanity.

Hughes' premise in this book is that all people, as God's cherished creation, have a treasure hidden inside them, which is their unique identity and relationship with God, through the Holy Spirit. Religion, as it is often presented and understood, not only fails to give importance to the awareness of one’s inner self, but even actively discourages it. We move towards the field and dig towards the treasure through the decisions we make in everyday life. The author, a Jesuit, clearly and effectively expounds the basic methodology of the Spiritual Excercises of St.

Hughes finishes by writing on the nature of the growing relationship with Christ one should expect as one becomes more aware of, and able to influence, the orientation of one's desires. That the world often misuse 'the name of God' - and use it as an excuse to do something seemingly good but creates destruction and division (e. Creative and consolatory feelings are those that lead us to discovering more of our hidden treasure, whereas destructive and desolatory feelings lead us away from it. Chapter Five shows how the journey is not only made with our minds and with the religious part of ourselves, but involves our whole being and affects every aspect of it, our relations to other people, our attitude to health, wealth, reputation, power, and our reactions to the economic, social and political structures in which we live. I read it a few years ago and was captivated by his thoughts about finding God in unexpected places - such as in ourselves as he has made us in his image.As a baptized Catholic who seeks meaning in life and spirituality, yet feels alienated by organized religion, I found this book to be a great comfort. False images we may have of God, constructs of our upbringing, experiences or ideas can disturb and stifle us.

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