Reviews - What do customers think about Teilhard De Chardin-The Divine Milieu Explained: A Spirituality for the 21st Century?
A Spiritual Treasure Mar 11, 2008
When I discovered Louis Savary's The Divine Milieu Explained, I found a kindred spirit, moved deeply by the spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin. I have been reading, and re-reading my dog-eared copy of The Divine Milieu for more than 30 years now, yet this book has led me to many treasures that I had overlooked.
A key illumination for me was the chapter on the Divinization of Our Passivities -- a subject which, frankly, I find Savary's insight into this topic comforting personally, and enriching creatively.
Savary's Spiritual Practices, I believe, are a major breakthrough in making Chardin's spirituality relevant to our everyday lives. I feel that newcomers to The Divine Milieu, as well as veterans like myself, will find them helpful in living Chardin's spiritual insights.
Louis Savary's writing style is refreshingly direct, relevant, and unencumbered by the obscurities into which so many other writers about Teilhard have fallen. He has a great gift for communicating, and shares than gift well.
Truly a Godsend. Mar 7, 2008
Teilhard de Chardin left us a brilliant, viable spirituality for the 21st century. Unfortunately, he didn't leave it in a manner most of us could understand. After 15 readings of The Divine Milieu, I find vast portions of it still unclear. Dr. Savary's book is truly a Godsend. After an initial reading, I finally had an overview of The Divine Milieu, all presented in language I could grasp easily. Re-readings will bring further clarity, and the spiritual exercises will assist in truly integrating Teilhard's vision in my life. In the future, I trust that Dr. Savary's commentary and Teilhard's treatise on the interior life will become inseparable. Both should be required reading for 21st century spirituality classes in seminaries, universities, and retreat centers everywhere.
The Gift of a Lifetime Feb 19, 2008
Thank you, Dr. Savary, for the gift of a lifetime! I was introduced to Teilhard while in college over forty years ago. Teachers and students alike knew we had our hands on something very profound but were never able to get beyond "Alpha Point", "Omega Point" and "Cosmic Christ."
In this beautifully written book Louis Savary opens up and explains the world of Teilhard in terms I can understand and apply. This is a prayer book which I will treasure forever. Several of my friends want to form a prayer/study group to work with the exercises. This really is "Spirituality for the 21st Century."
Mary McDonnell - St. Louis, MO
THE DIVINE MILIEU EXPLAINED comes packed with insights for daily life. Feb 5, 2008
During the 20th century Jesuit priest/scientist Teilhard de Chardin devised an integrative concept of spirituality and science, melding scientific concepts into Christian beliefs. While many books since his time have attempted to explain his ideas, this is a spiritual guide for the everyday, applied use of his ideas - and offers a set of spiritual practices and exercise blending science and faith. From handling dying and death to understanding the underlying meaning of the Cross, THE DIVINE MILIEU EXPLAINED comes packed with insights for daily life.
A Radically Powerful Spirituality Jan 28, 2008
Thank goodness Louis Savary cared enough to explain Teilhard's spiritualty in terms we can understand. Dr. Savary is a master at finding and using metaphors to make difficult to understand concepts and ideas ckear and meaningful to us. His spiritual exercises, in true Jesuit fashion, make reading this book a life-changing event. Teilhard's Divine Milieu truely speaks to my spirit.I recommend it to anyone searching for an integrative spirituality. In fact, I recommend it even if you're not searching. I learned to see with new eyes.