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Overview Using excerpts from the great spiritual writers, the authors show how to opento God in prayer, how to respond to God's initiatives, and how to grow into adeeper union with Him.
Publishers Description To know God is the deepest human desire. And to get closer to him, we need the guidance of the women and men who have already found the way. "The Journey Toward God" serves us by bringing together in one book inspiring and instructive selections from the great writers who have mastered the spiritual life. Uniquely, the book draws from Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox writers, opening for us the diverse and rich treasures of Christian spirituality. A Servant Book.
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Studio: Charis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.84" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 16, 2000
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 1569551499 ISBN13 9781569551493
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More About Benedict J. Groeschel & Kevin Perrotta
Benedict Joseph Groeschel, C.F.R. (born July 23, 1933) is a Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist and former host of the television talk program Sunday Night Prime, which is broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network. He has also hosted several serial religious specials in addition to Sunday Night Prime. He is the founder of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York as well as a former associate director of Trinity Retreat and a former executive director of the St. Francis House. He is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia. He is one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Groeschel has received wide public attention through his preaching engagements, writing and television appearances. He is the author of over 30 books and has recorded more than 100 audio and video series. He publishes articles in several Catholic magazines on a monthly basis and posts a weekly meditation on the Oratory of Divine Love website. His most recent books include The Tears of God (2008), Questions and Answers About Your Journey to God (2007), The Virtue Driven Life (2006), Why Do We Believe? (2005) and There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God (2004). His weekly television program, Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel, offers a mix of interviews, answering viewer questions and discussing spiritual and social matters relating to the Catholic faith.
Groeschel has also been a highly visible Catholic activist, first in the civil rights movement. He publicly criticizes insulting depictions of the church in popular culture and the media. In September 1998, he led protests outside of an Off-Broadway theater in New York City against the production of Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi. In his 2002 book, From Scandal to Hope, he accused The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle of revealing anti-Catholic prejudice in their respective coverage of the sexual abuse scandal that disrupted the church. "Seldom in the history of journalism have I seen such virulent attacks on any institution that is supposed to receive fair treatment in the press", he wrote.
In April 2005, he again questioned the anti-Catholic sentiments of the United States media by charging distorted coverage of Joseph Ratzinger, who had become Pope Benedict XVI. Groeschel noted that the new pope had "been very badly abused by the American media", adding that the pontiff’s World War II biography was negatively distorted and incorrect reports of his personality were published.
On January 11, 2004, Groeschel was struck by an automobile while crossing a street in Orlando, Florida. He received a head injury and broken bones and over a four hour period, had no blood pressure, heartbeat or pulse for about 20 minutes. A few days later the trauma triggered a near-fatal heart attack. While he was recovering from his injuries he collaborated with John Bishop on the book, There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God. He broadcast his first live program on EWTN on October 24, 2004. Although the accident left him with limited use of his right arm and difficulty in walking, he was back preaching and giving retreats by the end of 2004 and has continued to keep a full schedule. As he told the New York Times nearly four years after his accident: “They said I would never live. I lived. They said I would never think. I think. They said I would never walk. I walked. They said I would never dance, but I never danced anyway.”
Benedict J. Groeschel currently resides in Larchmont, in the state of New York. Benedict J. Groeschel was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Journey Toward God: In the Footsteps of the Great Spiritual Writers - Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox?
A Few Felicities, But Mostly Quite Prosaic Oct 28, 2000
Fr Benedict J. Groeschel is the nation's pre-eminent Franciscan. Author and TV personality, he is perhaps the most genial apologist for Roman Catholicism since the days of Archbishop Sheen. In THE JOURNEY TOWARD GOD, Fr Groeschel has put together an anthology of spiritual writing that he values. Insouciant about the ecclesial membership of the authors, Fr Benedict has given us a mixture of Roman Catholic neo-Scholasticism, a few writings from the Saints, a surprisingly large amount of Protestant sources, and a shockingly small selection from the treasures of Eastern Orthodoxy (the book's subtitle implies a generosity of representation that simply is not there).
A significant vexation is the absence of an index, needed so that readers might more readily find those passages they value most. The book's primary problem, however, is that there are few selections in it that set our hearts ablaze, truly, precious few that we wish to read more than once. Mostly, Fr Groeschel seems concerned with keeping to his scheme of describing the various stages of religious conversion, and finding selections that fit his categories. He seems less concerned with finding selections that "grab" the reader by the heart or soul and keep the reader enraptured. Most of the selections can be aptly abridged to read, "Be good and pray often." A noble admonition. But to get to that message, we are made to endure a disaffecting prolixity.
What we miss most of all when we peruse THE JOURNEY TOWARD GOD is the sound of Fr Groeschel's amiable, tough, intelligent, wry, humorous, charitable voice. For this, we must put aside his anthology, and turn to his other books.
Great Aug 21, 2000
I have had the privilege of hearing Fr. Groeschel speak on several occasions on different topics. He is a great speaker. I really enjoyed this bok a lot. In this book the reader is entitled in reading passages from some of the great spiritual writers that have been around. From reading these different passages from these great writers, the reader gets an insight into these great minds. Also from these passages the reader is "offered" some ideas on how to live a life of serving other people. I would recommend this book to anyone that feels that they want a closer relationship with someone.
Great Book Aug 17, 2000
I have had the great opporunity to hear Fr. Benedict Groeschel speak on several occasions. Each time had been a great learning experience. I have read several of Fr. Groeschel's book and he knows how to say things in simple terms - terms that the average person can understand. This book would make a good present for anyone. By reading this book you get an insight into several of the greatest religion thinkers and writers ever. I would recommend this book to anyone.