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Overview Drawing upon the teaching of seven "Spiritual Doctors" of the Church, Ralph Martin presents an in-depth study of the journey to God. This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord.
Publishers Description Ralph Martin, drawing upon the teaching of seven acknowledged ?Spiritual Doctors? of the Church, presents an in-depth study of the journey to God. This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord. Whether the reader is beginning the spiritual journey or has been traveling the road for many years, he will find a treasure of wisdom in The Fulfillment of All Desire. It is destined to be a modern classic on the spiritual life.
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More About Ralph Martin
Ralph Martin has an academic affiliation as follows - Ohio University University College, Cardiff University College, Cardif.
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A future classic Aug 22, 2008
This is one of the most helpful modern spiritual books that I have ever read. Through the words of some of the greatest Christian spiritual writers of all time Martin presents a clear roadmap for all those who seriously desire to grow in holiness. In giving the reader enough background on the lives of these saints, beautifully selected and organized quotes, and personal reflection, one sees the remarkable consistency in the spiritual journey. The lessons are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Those who have already read (or attempted to read) any or all of the spiritual classics that Martin quotes extensively will ubdoubtedly find new inspiration and clarity through this book. Those who have not been previously exposed to these spiritual treasures have a special treat waiting for them- Birth and/or growth of a true desire to aim for the summit rather than being content with anything less. In this future classic, true to its title, one finds both the what and how of "The fulfillment of all desire".
Want to become a saint? Jul 31, 2008
What better way to become a saint than to study what the saints and doctors of the church have said?
Martin does a wonderful job of bringing together writings from all different periods of the church and blending them into a coherent and interesting story. There is advice from Teresa of Avila, John of the the Cross, Catherine of Siena, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis De Sales, and the Little Flower, among others.
In easy to understand bites, Martin gives to his readers an alternate reality to the concerns of this world. It is realizing and putting into perspective that this life is only for God.
For someone who achieves great union, "the fire of contemplation burns so strong that there is no desire to ever leave the time of prayer" (p 389". This book will help lead you to that state.
Fullfillment of All Desire Apr 7, 2008
A well written review and composite of 7 Doctors of the Church with their spiritual journey advice.
Prayer seen through the eyes of the saints Mar 29, 2008
Ralph Martin shows the reader the path to a rich prayer life through the eyes of the saints and modern day saints to be. Having read about the lives of some of the saints mentioned, Martin does a good job of choosing the key parts of their lives and experiences that create the best picture of a deepening relationship with God. There is much here for consideration and contemplation for those who seek to move closer to the Lord.
Thoughtful, Spiritual, but Concise Mar 18, 2008
Martin brings together scripture and the writings of the major doctors of the church in a guidebook for the soul. I highly recommended this book whether you are new to or veteran reader of books on Catholic spirituality. Life changing - your relationship with God can not help but to evolve as you read this book. Thank you Mr. Martin for this beautifully written book, 15 years in the making by his own admission.