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La paz interior

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«La experiencia os demostrará que la paz, que infundirá en vosotros la caridad, el amor a Dios y al prójimo, es el camino recto hacia la vida eterna.»

Vivimos una época de confusión e inquietud. Esta tendencia se manifiesta incluso en nuestra vida espiritual: nuestra búsqueda de Dios, de la santidad y del servicio al prójimo es agitada y convulsa, en lugar de ser confiada y
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Rialp (first published April 18th 1991)
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Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to booklady by: Mary Alice
FINAL REVIEW: Some books really are life-changing. Searching for and Maintaining Peace is one of them. There really aren’t enough accolades I can give this book. If you happen to already be a calm peaceful person who takes whatever happens to you in stride, you may never need this book. As for me, I am still working toward that with the help of God’s Grace and this book. I have found it to be invaluable in that endeavor and have recommended it to many and given it away as a gift more than any ot ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
It is really interesting to see how God works. I have been a Catholic actively trying to live my faith for more than two decades. This book has helped me more profoundly than any book I've read in the last ten years.

What is a mystery to me is why the message of this book has not sunk into me sooner than it did. It is not as though it is presenting something that is new or alien to the Gospel. But it must have taken all this time for me to get to a point where I could hear and receive it.

The tit
♥ Ibrahim ♥
One thing that I like about this book is its constant reference to the Bible. It reminds us again of the spiritual warfare that is ours and which battles to choose and which battles are placed in our way by the devil to drain our resources and sap our energy and divert us from the main battle that the Lord promises us certain victory in. We have to fight on the real battlefield and by God's grace we are certain of victory.

The first goal of spiritual combat is not to always obtain a victory (over
Joe Kolf
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If the title makes you think, "No way, that's too good to be true," then read this book. It's that good.
Nov 18, 2007 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
For such a small book, it really manages to pack in the material! I may be digesting this one for some time to come!
Mary Alice
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Homeschoolmama, Booklady, Carole, schoolmeadow
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
For anyone who tends to let worrying get the better of them at times, this book is a helpful tool to combat that little pesty worry demon. :)
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book sticks with me for a while, I'll come back and give it five stars. I took my time with it, as it's only 110 pages. This book presumes a solid foundation of Christian Faith, which is probably why it's so short. Books on achieving inner peace can probably fill whole libraries, and as long as they keep ignoring the truths in this skinny little book (and they will), there will always be more. The proposition is simple, Christ came to give us peace. The catch is that Christ can't do much ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a great companion to prayer, very simple yet extremely challenging.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"All the reasons that cause us to lose our peace are bad reasons." - Fr. Jacques (page 13)

"The first goal of spiritual combat, that toward which our efforts must above all else be directed, is not to always obtain a victory (over our temptations, our weaknesses, etc.), rather it is to learn to maintain peace of heart under all circumstances, even in the case of defeat." (page 12)

This book is my second-favorite of the trio of small mini-retreat books Fr. Jacque has written (the other two I read r
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
A wonderful little book on how to maintain peace in your spiritual life in the midst of trials and stresses. A very quick read too, which is helpful. Very highly recommended for Catholics (probably other Christians too, though some might have theological differences with Fr. Philippe.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, the constant noise of this world, noisy clamoring voices, a thousand opinions on everything and everyone, of course, is "right," busy-ness, programs, and then the disappointments we feel about ourselves and others and the sorrows in our own and others' lives, all of which we know about because we're so plugged in to the whole world - it all makes an interior peace nearly impossible to keep. This little book has such a brilliant perspective and though I've just finished it, I'm going to r ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what the doctor ordered. Even though the information in the book isn't new, for some reason it finally stuck.
While I don't think I am miraculously free from strife, this book can help reel me in from being scrupulous. For years I have tortured myself that I wasn't "great". What is my role in this world as a catholic wife/mother/etc. Why am I hidden away washing clothes and sweeping, why am I not more like St. Joan of Arc?
I'm at where I'm at because that's where I need to be.

Trust in God,
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
This short book is packed with insightful practical guidance in living with our hearts full of peace.

Some quotes;

The more our soul is peaceful and tranquil, the more God is reflected in it

The devil does his best to banish peace from one's heart

Learn to be at peace of heart under all circumstances, even in the case of defeat

You made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You (St Augustine)

God does not permit unnecessary suffering

My thoughts are not your thoughts.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life-changing read. Philippe tackles tough spiritual topics but all in a conversational manner. I often find that spiritual books are either too full of fluff and platitudes or too rich or spiritually esoteric for a mom living with a dearth of sleep, but this book is an exception. It challenged me without frustrating me and gifted me with wisdom that I am to implement every day would lead me to a contented heart and more peaceful life.
Dec 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
awesome book. short, practical, gets to the heart of the matter quickly. everyone should read this book.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never write in or mark up books. But this one has more dogears than anything I've ever read.
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just excellent. Can't think of any scenario in which anyone would not benefit from reading it. I wish I had years ago!
Hayley Cooper
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, good Biblical advice, and no-nonsense logic. I loved it and it was the kick in the pants I may have needed to remember God's good Grace to give us peace in times of hardship.
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book!!! I love his writting style and his insight into human nature.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
A short and sweet description of what it means to totally abandon your soul to God.
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple and practical advice on the spiritual life.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lo-recomiendo
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Hace ya un tiempo que oí hablar bien por primera vez de un par de libros de un tal Jacques Philippe: La libertad interior y La paz interior. De modo que cuando me encontré en una estantería husmeando por casa este último - suerte que tiene uno de tener muchos libros en casa -, lo agarré sin dudar un segundo y lo coloqué en mi montón de próximos libros que voy a leer. No fue una decisión muy meditada pero no todas las buenas de
Rick Dugan
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is much in the world to make us feel threatened. We fear lacking something or being without. We fear losing things we've believed to be essential to our happiness, security, or sense of meaning. The lack of peace in our hearts has created a lack of peace in the world. Finances, relationships, health and jobs can easily be taken from us by forces more powerful than ourselves, and our fear of losing them leads to fights, jealousies, and disquieted hearts. If our “self” is connected to these ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book shows clearly why peace of heart is essential for spiritual growth.

It also describes clearly all the various reasons why we lose that peace. Lots of those reasons are very recognizable, and it felt good that he seemed to understand so well, and then showed how in all these cases we really do not need to worry. And not in a simple dismissive manner, but I truly felt that all the possible reasons were very well examined, explained with good examples.

Not even, I think, do we need to worr
Liz Cloos
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful guide for reflecting on God and the meaning of peace. It is well written, easy to understand, and makes for great bedtime reading. I found it very fruitful to read a section or two and reflect on it each night. Whereas other books are best read in large blocks of time, this one is easy to stop at any point and not lose the message.

My favorite message from the book is that you must have a peaceful soul in order for God to work through you. Think of your soul as a lake. Wh
Arnulfo  Novo
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Más que nunca, todos buscamos tener paz interior, nuestros tiempos son tiempos difíciles en los que tener paz interior parece imposible. Este libro es una guía para saber ¿qué nos quita paz? ¿por qué nuestras luchas por tener paz interior fallan? ¿dónde podemos encontrar esa paz interior? ¿qué debemos de dejar para ganar paz? En capítulos muy cortos, de 2 o 3 páginas, este libro es un manual de supervivencia para reflexionar sobre dónde depositamos nuestra paz y obtenerla plena y permanente. Muy ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this "small treatise on peace of heart" useful in helping me to better understand my relationship with God and respond to the movements of my life in order to remain faithful to Him. As a devout Catholic at this point in my faith journey, I found Father Philippe's insights about reliance on ourselves vs. reliance on God particularly applicable. After reading this work, I feel I can better understand and live Jesus' words "without me you can do nothing" (John 15:5) and rest in the peace a ...more
Jane Burkett
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional
This little book is incredibly insightful. It's only 110 small pages, but I found myself wanting to savor parts, and I read several sections twice. Using Scripture, Fr. Philippe discusses how God works with and for us, and how Satan works to discourage and distract us. For example, he says Satan "makes use of our desire to do good to trouble us ... by making us scrupulous, or by presenting us with a certain good that we must realize but which is beyond our present strength."
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice little book. It's a fairly short read and is not theologically dense, but offers some new insights. It also provides counters to very familiar situations as a Catholic. However, for some reason, I could not really appreciate Father Jacques' writing style - perhaps because this is a translation. But, I couldn't seem to read this book with an easy flow. Despite that, this is a nice little compact book that offers valuable advice to all Catholics!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
This book was a gift from a friend at a time when I really needed to read it. It is a collection of insights on faith that I think any Catholic would enjoy. It's Biblical references led me to want to read more and study my faith more in depth. Very happy I read this book at this time.
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Jacques Philippe was born into a Christian family on March 12, 1947 in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college, he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. In 1976, he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes and answered the Lord’s call to follow Him through this vocation (see below for more information on the Community of the Beatitudes). He th ...more
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