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The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today

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The examen prayer is a transforming and ever-growing practice in Christian spirituality. In The Examen Prayer, Fr. Timothy Gallagher draws from real-life stories and his experience as a spiritual director to explain the core principles of the examen prayer: What is the examen and how can we begin to pray it? How can we adapt it to our individual lives? What are its fruits? ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
We all long for intimacy. People get married and yet never get intimate. They may stick to each other physically and still, sadly they don't get intimate. This book is about having intimacy on the level of the divine. Fr Gallagher is taking us for a great start as he quotes from Maureen Conroy's book "The discerning heart" a statement that is absolutely indispensable for intimacy to occur with God, same with people. "Growth in relationship with God occurs through mutual self-revelation". Yes, mu ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Simon rated it liked it
A very straightforward and traditional book on the Ignatian style examen. Using lots of anecdotes and examples Gallagher writes for the general populace. This is not hard read. It will help readers grasp or deepen an understanding of this great spiritual discipline of reviewing our lives in the presence of God. Readers will be assisted in reviewing their day, being grateful, learning from challenges and looking to the future in hope. Readers are also reminded that, while the examen has practical ...more
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Aug 15, 2011 Glen Grunau rated it it was amazing
Augustine's prayer was "Grant Lord that I may know myself that I may know thee." Perhaps in no other prayer form is this close relationship between self-knowledge and God-knowledge so practically attained. Yet self-reflection, with all of the fascination and reward that it has held for me through my life, has also been fraught with pitfalls. My melancholic bent makes me prone to easily drift from self-reflection into self-recrimination. So when I first noticed this book in the Spring, I saw it a ...more
Jul 04, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it
Fr. Gallagher's book on the Ignatian Examen Prayer is an excellent introduction to the prayer, as well as a deepening for those who already pray the Examen and want to improve their experience.

Fr. Gallagher does a really good job of setting up the prayer as more than just going through the steps. He is careful to emphasize the starting point (love of and desire for a closer relationship with God). Like his other book, Fr. Gallagher explains the concepts and the method very simply and with lots
Oct 23, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Having struggled with the examen for a few years I wanted to read something to motivate me, to renew my resolve. Fr. Gallagher did not disappoint. This book was exactly what I was looking for to get me started on that relationship vehicle once more,
Feb 13, 2015 Ryan rated it it was amazing
This book is a perfect introduction to the Examen Prayer, its importance in Ignatian Spirituality and its practice.
Lisa Murray
Apr 09, 2011 Lisa Murray rated it really liked it
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Gives very specific guidance woven with stories to help approach a more reflective (attentive) living. substantive read for those seriously interested in pursuing the practice.
Sep 12, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
Thorough explanation of Ignatius' daily examen; both inspiring and practical.
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This deserves more than 5 stars!
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