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The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith [Paperback]

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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 28, 2004
Publisher   Loyola University Press
ISBN  0829419799  
EAN  9780829419795  

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We live in a body-conscious society with people filling gyms in an attempt to get, and stay, physically fit. The Ignatian Workout promotes the importance of achieving spiritual fitness and presents a dynamic program of iworkoutsi based on Saint Ignatius Loyolais Spiritual Exercises. Designed for reading, reflection, and prayer, The Ignatian Workout includes a brief history of St. Ignatius and an overview of the Spiritual Exercises. Based on a four-week program, originally designed as a 30-day retreat, each week focuses on different elements of the mystery of the Christian faith. Full of practical suggestions for becoming spiritually fit, the book concludes with a complete resource guide of books and Web sites for continued study.

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Get Fit Spiritually We look at the world--and at God--in drastically different ways than our ancestors did, and yet the wisdom of a sixteenth-century Catholic saint perfectly suits our doubtful, antiauthoritarian, pluralistic age. St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we could know God better by paying attention to his work in our lives, our experiences, our imagination, and our feelings. His Spiritual Exercises, an enduring masterpiece of spiritual insight, teaches us to grow spiritually by learning to respond in concrete, practical ways to this divine presence.
"The Ignatian Workout "presents St. Ignatius's wisdom in today's language--as a daily program of "workouts" to achieve spiritual fitness, tailored to people with busy schedules. It is a program that shows us how to recognize and respond to a God who is already at work in us, inviting us into a deeper relationship and into richer lives of love and service. "A thoughtful, clever, and very practical introduction to Ignatian spirituality."
--J. A. Appleyard, S.J., vice president for University Mission and Ministry Boston College "The Ignatian Workout is a valuable contribution to contemporary writing on Ignatian spirituality. Muldoon does a fine job of illustrating just how relevant this spirituality is for today's young adults."
--J. Michael Sparough, S.J., director of Charis Ministries Ignatian Spirituality for Young Adults

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tim Muldoon is the author of The Ignation Workout and Seeds of Hope: Young Adults and the Catholic Church in the United States. Cynthia S. Dobrzynski is a spiritual director and a contributor to Lifelong Faith. They both live in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tim Muldoon currently resides in Indiana Boston Boston.

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Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises Made Accessible  Oct 17, 2007
I've been using this book to guide me in the spiritual exercises. The author does an excellent job of making the Ignatian exercises accessible (without watering them down so as to make them ineffective) to modern Christians who seriously want to grow and strengthen their faith. Not for Roman Catholics only. This book will be very useful for all Christians.
The Best Introduction to the Complete Exercises  Aug 7, 2007
The Spiritual Exercises designed by Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s were designed to help Christians discern God's presence in their lives and they reputedly help clarify decision-making process, by bringing people closer to God's voice. Despite the fact that these exercises were designed more than four hundred years ago, it has taken the world's writers about that amount of time before developed a written guide to the exercises that allows us to replicate them in our own homes.

Ideally these exercises are taken under the guidance of a spiritual director. Traditionally, people used to withdraw from society for a month to dedicate their lives to nothing but the exercises and listening for God's direction. Some very fortunate people still can afford the luxury of unemployment for a month and indulge in this type of direction. Some Catholic religious orders require the retreat before their members commit themselves to membership by vows. However, for most of us normal working Christians, decent spiritual direction is hard to find. I tried to do a local version of the exercises, that lasted several months, meeting with a spiritual director as a group once a week, but the spiritual directors kept canceling on the group and then changing, which made it difficult to develop rapport. If you find yourself in a similar situation, Tim Muldoon's book is the next best thing to a private retreat designed for a person who can't leave the world full-time to listen to God.

I thought the organization of the spiritual workouts was not very clear, which is why I rated the book "four" rather than "five" stars. During the Spiritual exercises, people meditate on a scriptural passage every day at the same time, for at least 30 minutes. Ignatian meditation recommends that a person imagine the scriptural passage as if the mediator was there. It is the mediator's decision what type of character s/he assumes in the meditation. If a meditation experience with a particular passage is particularly moving, Ignatian spirituality recommends spending more than one day with that passage, until the mediator feels s/he has received all the insight possible, before moving to the next passage. Muldoon very clear that progress is not determined by the number of passages covered, most weeks include more than seven passages, which left my simple mind confused as to what was best way to ration time and readings; (should I skip the ones I felt too familiar with, if I dwelled repeatedly on one passage for meditation?). Or should we go through every single meditation?

I found it most helpful to read the introductory part of each "week's workout," and then to only use one biblical passage for mediation during one sitting. His format for a daily examen and things to consider when seeking a meditative space were very helpful. I will follow these guidelines for meditating with scripture of lectio divine, long after I finish my spiritual exercises with him.
An Interesting Intro to Ignatian Spirituality  Mar 17, 2007
Author Tim Muldoon begins the introduction of his book THE IGNATIAN WORKOUT with an observation: the busiest time at athletic complexes on college campuses is after the spring break when people realize the summer is near and the need to shed winter pounds before bathing suit season becomes urgent. He's familiar enough with college campuses as a student and later as a professor at Mount Aloysius College (where he taught when he wrote the book) and now at Boston College. He believes this is a somewhat futile activity, and uses his own training as a member of a crew team to show that the best way to exercise is to begin slowly, remain committed, and work toward a goal. He believes the same principles can be applied to the spiritual life and expands his ideas in the book.

The book is an introduction to the spiritual life based on the writings of St. Ignatius. He gives some basic insights into prayer then has four sections or "workouts" which are modified versions of the thirty day retreat. The key to getting the most from the exercises is perseverance and Muldoon believes that the workouts can be a springboard to a deeper spiritual life. He also includes a bibliography pf some wonderful books for further reading and includes some of my own favorites in his list: Margaret Silf's THE INNER COMPASS, James Martin SJ's IN GOOD COMPANY, Thomas Merton's THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN, and Gerard Hughes' GOD OF SURPRISES. He also includes websites for Creighton University and Sacred Space which have great materials and a list of retreat houses. Readers have more than an abundance of suggestions to deepen their spiritual life after reading.

Muldoon's writing style is engaging and the book should have a broad appeal. As I read it, the athletic analogies reminded me of someone else who saw the spiritual life as similar to athletics--St. Paul. I also appreciated Muldoon's view of spirituality--that it is more than just building up a relationship with God in order to feel good, that it extends beyond us too, clearly an Ignatian ideal and one that is central to Christian spirituality. This book is clearly aimed at people trying to integrate faith and life and while it has something to say to anyone who strives to live a life of faith, it is perfect for a mature high school or college reader or anyone trying to figure a way in the world.
Outstanding work Contemporizing the Spiritual Exercises!  Jul 27, 2006
Tim Muldoon has done an excellent job making Igantius' Spiritual Exercises relevant to the world we live in today. He also has an engaging writing style that absorbs the reader.
The Spiritual Exercises akin to boat rowing  Jul 1, 2005
The Ignatian Workout
Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith
ISBN: 0-8294-1979-9
Publisher: Loyola Press (...)

A new form of physical workout? Judging from the book cover and its head title (sans the sub-title), this book could well be perceived as a new method of physical workout. The cover features a man walking briskly on what seems like hot dry desert space. When I was reading this book on the train to work, I felt like the other commuters who had casually glanced my way would figure that I was reading a health book. Perhaps they're thinking I was trying to lose weight!

Tim Muldoon, the author, uses the image of rowers hard at practice to explain the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order in the Catholic Church. Here the author presents the Four Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises in simple layman and contemporary language. It is beautiful how he works the spiritual jargons into modern language and how he uses the nuances and practices of men who spent much time to perfect their craft of rowing. I think this is a creative way to make the Spiritual Exercises more readable and understandable. The essence of the Spiritual Exercises remains as St. Ignatius taught, that is, bible passages are given for reflection but the contemplative stance has a modern flavour to it.

If you care for a spiritual workout in layman's terms, pick this book up. Have a happy journey!

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