The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints

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The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints

The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints By Ralph Martin The Fulfillment of All Desire A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints Winner Honorable Mention from the Catholic Press Association Ralph Martin drawing upon the teaching of seven acknowledged Spiritual Doctors of the Church presents an indepth study of the journey to

  • Title: The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints
  • Author: Ralph Martin
  • ISBN: 9781931018364
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints By Ralph Martin Winner Honorable Mention from the Catholic Press Association Ralph Martin, drawing upon the teaching of seven acknowledged Spiritual Doctors of the Church, presents an indepth study of the journey to God This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord Whether the reader is beginning the spiritual journey orWinner Honorable Mention from the Catholic Press Association Ralph Martin, drawing upon the teaching of seven acknowledged Spiritual Doctors of the Church, presents an indepth study of the journey to God This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord Whether the reader is beginning the spiritual journey or has been traveling the road for many years, he will find a treasure of wisdom in The Fulfillment of All Desire It is destined to be a modern classic on the spiritual life.
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    1. Wanda on said:

      This is an excellent book It is similar in some respects to Fire Within by Fr Dubay, yet different enough to warrant reading it even if you have read Fire Within The book is full of quotes by Saints Augustine, Bernard, Francis de Sales, Catherine of Siena , Teresa of Avila , John of the Cross , and Therese the Little Flower The book describes the spiritual journey, as discovered by the 7 saints, through the call to holiness, the purgative way, the illuminative way and the unitive way I always fi [...]

    2. Kris McGregor on said:

      The Fulfillment of All Desire A Guidebook for the Journey to God based on the Wisdom of the Saints is one of my all time favorite books period What Ralph Martin accomplishes is extraordinary He synthesizes the teachings of the great mystical doctors of the Church St Augustine, St Francis De Sales, St Catherine of Siena, St Bernard of Clairvaux, St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Therese of Lisieux, with Blessed John Paul II as an instructor and leads on the path towards heaven And the [...]

    3. Virginia Lieto on said:

      I read The Fulfillment of All Desire, by Ralph Martin, in preparation to give a prayer and spirituality retreat This book offered much advice on how to live a spiritual life with examples set by such greats as Augustine, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Frances de Sales and God s little flower, Theres of Lisieux I learned that the fulfillment of all desire comes from a life of prayer and modeling our behavior to that of Christ For when we become Christ like we unite with the pinnacle of our [...]

    4. booklady on said:

      Just comparing books for Adoration and Wanda recommended this one which I d never heard of Also, I just noticed that added the feature, how many times I ve read this book Maybe it s been there awhile, but this is the first time I ve seen it Not sure if I m happy about it or not

    5. Ray Schneider on said:

      This is one of those books which draws you into the primary materials It is about the great mystics especially folks like Teresa Avila and John of the Cross and about five others I think it is very valuable for those who wish to decide what direction to go in their reading about contemplative prayer I was struck by how many five star ratings there were on for it.

    6. Karin on said:

      I cannot say enough about this book It is truly a work of grace Dr Ralph Martin enlists the writings and teachings of seven of the great Doctors of the Church who teach us what holiness is and how we are to travel along its path in order to reach that fulfillment of all desires the Beatific Vision.These saints and Doctors Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis deSales, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Liseux and Catherine of Siena, become your teachers and companions as you praye [...]

    7. Nefficus on said:

      Martin s book is a great overview of the mystical tradition of the Church If you want a compilation of what some of the greatest saints of the mystical tradition Bernard, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Terese of Lisieux had to say about growing in spirituality, this is probably the definitive guide Martin does a great job of teasing out the wisdom of these saints to outline the progression in the spiritual life Although overall the book held my attention, there are parts that seem a bit rep [...]

    8. Matthew on said:

      I want to read this book over and over again in my lifetime There is so many nuggets of wonderful information to meditate on This book is a gateway drug to researching the saints Ralph Martin does a good job of piecing information from saints together and painting an overall picture of prayer and the journey to God.

    9. Rachel Noffke on said:

      This was a great book My dad ordered it from EWTN and I read it after him we do that a lot It makes you think The further you go the you think Have so far to go Great for spiritual reading.

    10. Gregory Graham on said:

      This book is a comprehensive guide to the spiritual life taking a person from the beginning all the way to sainthood It draws heavily from the writings of some of the great spiritual doctors of the Church, including Saints Augustine, Bernard, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Th r se of Lisieux, and Francis de Sales This thick book is loaded with quotes, with at least one appearing on just about every page, but it ties them together with explanations that help modern readers make sense of writ [...]

    11. Rachel Crooks on said:

      I can t think of many books that have had as practical and immediate an impact on my spiritual life as this one The size of the book is intimidating, but I found the structure and format very readable.Martin condenses and summarizes those great and sometimes insurmountable spiritual works, like The Interior Castle and The Dark Night of the Soul He shows how, while living very different lives, the saints journeys shared many common elements and common discoveries.

    12. Leo on said:

      Read the reviews on.Peace and Union with Christ means conforming our will to God s will.Faith in God s love and mercy is the gateway to believing that God s grace is the source of our faith and the inspiration to do good works We must be open to acting on God s grace and inspiration, but we can do nothing on our own to merit salvation.This is the best book that I ve read for learning how to become closer to God.

    13. Ben Valentine on said:

      Ralph Martin took many years to put together the riches of wisdom from these 7 Doctors of the Church and I can tell His citing of primary sources from these saints writings opens up so many aspects of the spiritual life that we all need to know about God is calling us all to this spiritual marriage and the saints show us how to get there and the beauty of it Thanks be to God for this book and it s inspiration for greater holiness in my life

    14. Scott on said:

      There s a point in this book where the words just stop sinking in and meaning anything Every time I read this book, I get a bit farther and presumably am a bit spiritually mature It s hard though to reach that point where things no longer sink in and realize that I have so much farther to go.

    15. John on said:

      If you have the desire to lead a good life, a holy life, an extraordinary life this book MUST be on your shelf right next to the Sacred Scriptures of the Bible It just doesn t get any better than 7 doctors of the church spoon feeding you the medicine of immortality

    16. Thadeus on said:

      I learned so much about the journey, the stages, and these Doctors of the Church I gained much from the reading, but I m sure I will gain by re reading when I am a little farther along in my journey.Recommended.

    17. Nick on said:

      A tremendous compendium of wisdom on spiritual growth from the great saints of the Catholic Church It is not a book one would read again, but it does offer the reader many ideas of where one might look to go deeper in pursuit of spiritual wisdom.

    18. Brian on said:

      In my opinion, this book is surpassed by Fr Dubay s Fire Within Still, Ralph Martin writes lucidly enough to make the inspired lives and works of the mystics tangible.

    19. booklady on said:

      Definitely want to read this based on Wanda s excellent review.

    20. Jeff Miller on said:

      This book had been on my wishlist for awhile as I had constantly heard references to it The audiobook version is very good and I felt like I was on a mini retreat as this provides an almost Cathecism of the Spiritual Life via the lens of some of the Doctors of the Church No doubt this will be a go to book for future Lents.

    21. Jamie on said:

      If I could give this book six stars, I would An excellent summary of and guide to the spiritual life, this book is a treasure trove and superb aid to growth in knowing and loving God.

    22. Shannon Stevens on said:

      Outside of the Bible this is probably the best book I ve ever read listened to actually It is meaty and dense, but so very good.

    23. Anna on said:

      Excellent book about growing in faith with words direct from some of the greatest saints Needs to be read than once.

    24. Frances Brady on said:

      Saints Apparently he wrote the book to make the writings of Saints accessible Instead, he writes in a way that s impossible to follow I can t tell where he s starting from or where he s going And when he does make a point, he writes far too much about it in a colloquial way that s overstated and boring Then he quotes from the Saint, but seems to spend less time explaining the Saint and time talking about how hard it is for us to understand the Saint how we should try anyway And then he connect [...]

    25. Jade Kuhn on said:

      This book gives the views of spirituality in escalation I was baptized a Catholic, but never was religious My sister and I recently started attending mass and I wanted this book to help me better understand some questions that all people who question religion do I liked the way the book was outlined and the way it was presented One thing I felt was a little nerving was the repetition of some things over and over again I found myself scanning the pages towards the end just to see if there was any [...]

    26. Caytie on said:

      I love this book Martin has put together this awesome collection of writings from different saints, all in the progress to holiness This book is definitely something to read over and over, because I think the different stages he covers will resonate strongly with you as you experience them in your spiritual journey For those interested in fully belonging to God, this is a must read.

    27. Marty Wightman on said:

      This is an extremely interesting text Questionable in parts, but knowledgeable Through out the book, you are given ideas for further research, within or without your own particular faith religious background Ralph Martin has done much research on the Saints, as one can sense throughout It is a journey

    28. Sheila Read on said:

      I love reading books of what they think of god God has a lot of wisdom of what is going on with everything that is going on in the world My aunt is going to love this book and as I will do Of course she can t have it until I read it.

    29. John on said:

      I was told if there was a house fire you would grab the Bible first, and this book second on your way out the door They were right This is the lay persons buried treasure unearthed in an easy to understand path toward holiness Love it

    30. Leonard Jr on said:

      This is one of my all time favorite books, which I ve read through a few times It s a one of a kind overview of the spiritual life, through the lens of seven Doctors of the Church It s a lengthy, and I think that it s best read in small sections, to better absorb the ideas presented.

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