Item description for Spiritual Progress: Becoming the Christian You Want to Be by Thomas D. Williams...
Overview This timely new book from an NBC Vatican analyst rejuvenates readers' minds and enriches their spiritual journey.
Publishers Description From the NBC consultant on VaticanAffairs comes an inspiring book thatchallenges readers to follow Jesusand discover the rich adventure ofthe Christian faith.Thomas D. Williams draws on thevast knowledge he's gained fromhis own spiritual journey to inspireothers in the pursuit of progress.Through his writing, readers willbegin to: - Understand holiness as the truemeaning of life- See prayer not as a duty, but as an opportunityfor conversation with God- Take courage from God's strength- Acknowledge their roles in a storylarger than themselves- Learn never to say no to God- Develop the spiritual disciplines thatwill ignite an adventurous and excitingrelationship with God.
Community Description The spiritual life presents a quest unequaled by any other aspect of human existence, declares Father Thomas Williams. No project or enterprise, no matter how exciting, can match it! In this lively and intriguing book, Williams draws on the vast knowledge he's gained from his own spiritual journey to inspire others in the pursuit of progress. Through his writing, you can begin to:
Understand holiness as the true meaning of your life
See prayer not as a duty, but as an opportunity for conversation with the God of the universe
Take courage from God's strength and plunge into the adventures ahead
Acknowledge your role in a story larger than yourself
Learn never to say no to God through a generosity of spirit, talents, and time
Develop the character traits and spiritual disciplines that will make you the Christian you want to be.
As years pass, certain maturing inevitably takes place. You see physical changes as your body ages; mental development as you increase in the knowledge that comes only from experience; and social blossoming as new acquaintances become lifetime friends. But often, writes Williams, the most important kind of growth---the spiritual---fails to occur. While some maturity requires only the passing of time, spiritual development calls for daily choices to practice faith.
Those choices, reveals Father Williams in fresh, articulate prose, are vital and are in fact fueled by heaven itself. "People who would follow Christ have a right to know what this entails, including both what Christ asks from us and what He promises," he writes. To that end, Williams offers himself as a personal guide, sharing practical ideas about not just the whats of spiritual growth but the whys and hows---the reasons and motivation for making progress on your spiritual journey. Along the way, he reminds you of all the astounding resources you have at your disposal.
Spiritual Progress issues Williams's invitation to join him in the marvelous challenge of following Jesus Christ and discovering the riches of the Christian faith-one step at a time, with God's compassionate empowerment and Williams as a helpful guide at your side.
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Awards and Recognitions Spiritual Progress: Becoming the Christian You Want to Be by Thomas D. Williams has received the following awards and recognitions -
Books for a Better Life - 2007 Finalist - Spiritual category
Citations And Professional Reviews Spiritual Progress: Becoming the Christian You Want to Be by Thomas D. Williams has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 12/11/2006
Library Journal - 03/01/2007 page 64
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446580546 ISBN13 9780446580540 UPC 9780446580540
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More About Thomas D. Williams
THOMAS D. WILLIAMS teaches theology at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum in Rome. He is a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has served as Vatican analyst and consultant on faith, ethics, and religion for CBS and NBC and is the author of "The World as It Could Be" and "Spiritual Progress."
Reviews - What do customers think about Spiritual Progress?
Delivered as promised Mar 23, 2007
The book was delivered as promised. I am learning a lot about the importance of loving as our Heavenly Father, God expects.
Step by step Inspirational! Mar 22, 2007
This is a really great book so far. I have not finished it but based on what I've read so far I can't imagine the rest of the book will be anything less than inspirational. This book is for beginngers thru.... Anyone and everyone can benefit no matter where you are or aren't in your relationship with GOD. I truly feel happier lately just having read part of the book. I am taking it slow, looking words up in a dictionary that I don't know so that I can understand his point, and looking up passages in the Bible that are referred to but not quoted in the book. In other words, I am taking a long time to read the book. I AM SO EXCITED about every word I have read so far. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because he occasionally does use words that I don't think many will know. That is the only reason I didn't give a 5. Don't let me scare you about the words, they are few and far between but if he is also trying to reach people who are just beginners in their walk with Christ I don't think he should be using any words that are not everyday words we all use. I very very very highly recommend this book!
Spiritual Progress: Becoming the Christian You Want to Be Mar 19, 2007
This is a totally uplifting guide to Christian beliefs and provides both Christians and non a clear explanation of walking the Christian path in imitation of Christ.
Spiritual Progress Mar 17, 2007
Timley and driving right to the soul! This is a book aimed at the people who need it most; those who may be insecure about their faith or others who are curious. His message is universally strong and for everybody who wish to visit with a truth-filled message. The chapters on holiness and spiritual direction were particularly useful to me.
An easy read, with excellent material Mar 8, 2007
This book was surprisingly easy to read. Fr. Thomas writes in a simple, clear manner, almost as if he were speaking. The subject is a very deep one, and often made too intellectual. This book takes the subject and makes it very "user-friendly". I would recommend it for beginners to the spiritual life, but also for those re-exploring their relationship with Christ - as we are called to do constantly. Nothing new, just a great way of presenting material that can help anyone seeking to know Christ better and improve their relationship with Him and with others.