Friday, May 01, 2015

A Friendship Like No Other:

A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God's Amazing Embrace By: William A. Barry, SJ
Non-fiction: Religion, 194 pages
Book Count: 11

As you might be able to tell from the first line of this post with the book's title and author's information; this book is about friendship with God and based off of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. (I know the last part is a bit of a stretch as there are some religious books by Jesuits that only mention the Spiritual Exercises, or tell only a few stories on St. Ignatius's life, but still. . . )
The book is divided up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is "Experiencing God's Desire for Friendship," and is about what friendship is, friendship with God as seen in the Bible, and how to grow in friendship with God.  Part 2 is "Understanding Ourselves and God," and deals with questions people have about this friendship.  Questions like: why would God want our friendship,   how it relates to salvation, and the question of why God allows evil in the world.  Part 3 is " Experiencing God," and deals with prayer and the discernment of spirits.  There are notes and a bibliography at the end.

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