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

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  26 reviews
To conspiracy theorists, Opus Dei is a highly secretive and powerful international organization. To its members, however, Opus Dei is a spiritual path, a way of incorporating the teachings of Jesus into everyday life. In Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace, Scott Hahn, a member of Opus Dei, describes the organization's founding, its mission, and its profound influence on hi ...more
Hardcover, 155 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Image (first published June 2nd 2005)
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Jeff Miller
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a good week for catching up on my reading challenge.

Now, every time I stopped to read this book, I seemed to be in a state of exhaustion--mentally, physically; I read the last third with a splitting headache--and STILL it was vastly inspiring and enjoyable. Maybe it was because of these states that I got more out of the book. It was a comfort in times when I felt overworked, and the ultimate point of the writings in the book is to inspire one to offer all work and suffering for God. P
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Fer 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.
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
Very accessible reading - part primer on Opus Dei entwined with how finding members of this prelature helped Scott Hahn bridge himself over during/after his conversion to the Catholic Church. "Turn up the romance" indeed! Very readable. For all those secular contemplatives out there.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I marked this at more than three because it focused less on the author's personal journey and more on the heart of Opus Dei and its founder. The spirit of Opus Dei came through in this easy enough to follow book and I now have a good understanding of its charism and spirituality, which is uncomplicated and loving. I skipped the first appendix, an article on St. Josemarìa's use of Scripture in his writings, as it was not of much interest to me, and written in a less engaging way, but the second a ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Over the years, when I've been aware of something of Opus Dei, a glancing blow, I have been drawn to what I became aware of. This book was on the Used Book table at our local bookstore. Scott Hahn. Very good. Opus Dei. Very good again. What a combination! And so, after reading this book which explains Opus Dei with more clarity, I am very drawn to its spirituality because, among other things, it is so real, so natural. Live life as it is, but live it for the glory of God in everything we do.
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Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a short book that gives a good description of the spirituality of Opus Dei. Scott Hahn takes us with him into a his personal story, his conversion and what he came to understand and to believe. This is not a book about Opus Dei. It is a personal story, but a story in which we can come to see the spirituality of Opus Dei and learn about it.
It is a great book! I would recommend it to any person who wants to grow in spiritual life.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dove, favorites
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.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hahn's insights are good but it wasn't as gripping as I anticipated.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Nice one, I specially liked the part about how he gave up on the arguments and started on the TLC with his wife.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
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.
Nov 30, 2008 marked it as to-read
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.
Mar 11, 2016 added it
I gave up. I'm sure it's a decent book but I can't focus on this right now. For Scott Hahn, one needs to be free from distraction :0)
Mar 16, 2014 added it
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.
Tom Clark
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book for those looking to make the hum drumness of life something special and holy.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Easy read and provides interesting information about Opus Dei - I learned a lot.
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic
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!
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read for me in developing and deepening my relationship not only with God but also with my neighbor and myself. The book focuses entirely on offering whatever one is going through/doing as a prayer to God. It’s a common mistake to think that you need to be someone or somewhere else to achieve happiness and union with God but this book breaks that and tells a beautiful story of how God meets us exactly where we are and loves us just as much as He would at any stage of our li ...more
Pablo Galiana
Ofrece al lector una introducción personal a la teología bíblica y también al espíritu del Opus Dei. La perspectiva de un laico casado que habla de grandes temas como la filiación divina, la santificación del trabajo y de la vida ordinaria, el apostolado o la secularidad, resulta atractiva. Es útil para todos.
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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 twelfth 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 ...more
“Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which He looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which He blesses all the world.” 1 likes
“it is God Himself who made this possible, by assuming human flesh in Jesus Christ. In doing so, He humanized His divinity, but He also divinized humanity, and thus He sanctified—made holy—everything that fills up a human life: friendship, meals, family, travel, study, and work.” 0 likes
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