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Ordinary Work, Exraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei

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Scott Hahn's personal introduction to the biblical theology and spirituality of Opus Dei.

Opus Dei is an intriguing and oft-misunderstood organization. To its members, however, Opus Dei is a spiritual path, a way of integrating Jesus' teaching into their everyday lives. In this book, Scott Hahn, a member of Opus Dei, describes the organization's founding and mission and as
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Published December 18th 2006 by Servant Books (first published June 2nd 2005)
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Jeff Miller
This book is partly an introduction to the spirituality of Opus Dei and also how Opus Dei was a influence in Scott Hahn's conversion and daily spiritual life. This book is not meant as a in depth introduction to Opus Dei and it's founder St. Josemaría Escrivá, but it does cover the basics. I was a loosely familiar with the charism of Opus Dei and some of the writings of St. Escrivá via the excellent commentary in the Navarre Bible, and through Scott Hahn's book I found that my understanding of O ...more
Invaluable. Excellent in tandem with St. Therese of Lisieux's "The Story of a Soul."

While Hahn acknowledges his book is a mere stepping stone, a primer, for learning about Opus Dei and St. Josemaria Escriva, the insights and inspirations packed within cannot be unfolded in a single reading. Every page makes one ponder the importance of the seemingly ordinary and inconsequential details of life. But it is within the mundane that we can seize our greatest treasures. Every moment is an opportunity
This is such a wonderful book! It is so rich with insights into Catholic spirituality and theology that I hardly know where to begin. Within these pages, Scott Hahn recounts his first encounter and experience with Opus Dei. It's partly a spiritual memoir, and partly an exposition of what Opus Dei, as an institution and a family, is all about.

I would've filled the pages of this book with markings and notations if it belonged to me. A friend lent it to me a few weeks ago. He invited me to attend O
I've read other books by Scott Hahn, and sometimes on Monday evenings I listen to him on EWTN. An interesting guy, with an interesting story about his conversion from Protestantism to the Catholic faith. But what about this book? I had trouble reading it, and I can't put my finger on why. I bought this and started it over a year ago, but just couldn't get through it. I recently decided to try again, and this time I made it through. I learned a bit, but I found it a bit too much of his faith jour ...more
As with all of Scott Hahn's books: a lovely and insightful read- don't I just love how he puns his titles: A Way With The World...( no others come to mind at the moment)and his wonderful use of Bible texts! And I think the best part of the whole book was when he says he 'got' The Work: that he had to tone down on the apologetics and turn up the romance with his wife Kimberly- and eventually he won her over to the Catholic Faith: and for me who is still in the process of 'getting' The Work it hel ...more
Fast & easy read. Solid intro to Opus Dei and it's spirituality. Worth reading if you have a spiritual interest, probably not worth it for reasons other than spiritual growth.
Opus Dei is divine filiation, it is a spiritual journey that betters the lives it touches. It is part of the author's life and this was his journey, of how he became a better husband, father,son and friend. Anyone can follow Opus Dei man or woman. The basic criteria have changed little since St.Josemaria founded Opus Dei. Scott Hahn's books are informative and usually detailed. I enjoyed this one as well.
Is it by faith alone that one is saved??? Is it by works??? Does one need both. This book's answers makes sense to me.
Fernando de Uña
(2,5) Si uno busca un libro sobre el Opus Dei, los hay mejores. Claro que si uno se interesa en el desarrollo de Scott en él, el libro cumple. Pero la historia de conversión de Scott es mucho más interesante en Roma, dulce hogar. Los diferentes aspectos de la espiritualidad del Opus Dei se describen de forma correcta y amena, pero esperaba más del libro.
This is a very clear and informative book about Opus Dei. Anyone who may have any misconceptions about the Work would walk away with something closer to the truth. No crazy albino munks lol.
Scott Hahn will continue to be on of my favorite writers on the Catholic faith.
Interesting learning about how beautiful and practical Opus Dei is. How do you be a joyous and loving Christian in the secular world? Divine filiation... simplicity... humility... work... sacrifice... service... prayer.
A fascinating, practical introduction to a famous but mostly-misunderstood movement in the Catholic Church. It actually made me want to become a member of The Work!
Nov 30, 2008 Sskous marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm intrigued to learn about Scott Hahn's relationship with Opus Dei. I admire Hahn's work very much, so this will prove interesting.
Nice one, I specially liked the part about how he gave up on the arguments and started on the TLC with his wife.
Tom Clark
Great book for those looking to make the hum drumness of life something special and holy.
Easy read and provides interesting information about Opus Dei - I learned a lot.
Hahn's insights are good but it wasn't as gripping as I anticipated.
It is possible to do God's work in your everyday life.
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Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their fifth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and vi ...more
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