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Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
From the day Paul Mariani arrives at Eastern Point Retreat House to take part in the five-hundred-year-old Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, he realizes that his expectations and assumptions about who he is, what he knows, and what he believes are about to change radically. In this profound memoir Mariani blends a brief life of St. Ignatius and meditations on the life o ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published 2002)
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Jill
Jun 13, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
I'm approaching the end of the book that, at cursory glance, wondered if it was worth reading. I've found that I can barely put it down and trying to discern what it is that draws me. "Deep calling onto deep," -- that quest for the deeper meaning. The author describes the natural world in such beautiful terms,(much like my fondness for Whitman's Specimen days), but it is really the slog of days, hour by hour, that compels, as I follow his reflections on the Gospels. I would be fascinated to know ...more
Erin Garlock
Oct 10, 2014 Erin Garlock rated it liked it
Having gone through Ignatias' exercises, I has hoping for a new perspective or some nugget of illumination. What I found was a book perhaps useful for some new to the exercises. There was a lot of rambling about the local scenery and coversations that had no tie back to matters of faith. I would label this book a memoir with a some amout of religion thrown in.

I also found the writing to be overly slick and eloquent. Normally I would consider this a quality, but in this case, it is a detriment a
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Steve
Aug 10, 2016 Steve rated it liked it
I read this book because I expect, we Protestants have lost something in terms of need to withdraw, pray, be silent, be directed, and to have time to reflect on scripture in and extended way.
Daven
Apr 30, 2016 Daven rated it it was amazing
Wonderful memoir of an Ignatian retreat, with very meaningful and relevant reflections.
Carol
Jul 17, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
I have always been curious about and interested in the "Long Rettreat" which is a 30 days silent retreat (directed) using the spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola. This book goes day by day during the four "weeks" of the retreat and gave me a sense of both the power and strength of this process and the ways in which it differs strongly from my own spirituality. Mariani is an excellent reporter and observer and I recommend this to anyone who shares my interest.
Stephen Fahrig
May 31, 2007 Stephen Fahrig rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has ever made an Ignatian retreat or has considered doing so will be fascinated by Paul Mariani's book, in which he provides a detailed and brutally honest account of the high points and low points of his experience of the Ignatian exercises. I read this last fall for a class I took on Ignatian spirituality and found it highly interesting.
Allison
May 25, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
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Very interesting. I kind of got bogged down in places, but overall, I enjoyed reading about this man's personal retreat experience using the Exercises of St. Ignatius. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in spiritual biographies or who wants to know more about Ignatian Spirituality.
Steve Hannafin
It's embarrassing that I haven't read this book yet, because I am in it. This book is about a 30-day retreat that I was on at the same time as the author. I am mentioned by name on several pages. I'd like to read it soon and relive those thirty days.
Judy
Mar 06, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it
A wonderful 30 day silent retreat for the voyeur! Although vicarious, it was helpful and full of insights into this Ignatian exercise. Of course eavesdropping on the commentary of a poet made this especially rich.
Valerie
Mar 20, 2008 Valerie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wrote down some good quotes and good ideas I got from this book. But it was too long and drawn out for me.
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