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Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus (Signed by Dr. Pitre)

• What are the Jewish roots of the Lord's Prayer? 
• Where is the "dark night of the soul" in the Bible?
• Prayer, fasting and almsgiving in the Bible.

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• What are the Jewish roots of the Lord's Prayer? 
• Where is the "dark night of the soul" in the Bible?
• Prayer, fasting and almsgiving in the Bible.

  • The path of following Jesus is an ancient and storied spiritual tradition. Yet many believers are not familiar with the three major forms of prayer and the three stages of spiritual growth that exist to bring them closer to God.

    In his most personal book yet, Dr. Brant Pitre draws on the riches of the Bible, the words of Jesus, and the writings of mystics across the centuries to shed light on the mystery—and wonder—of the spiritual life. Starting with the age-old belief that the path of prayer is not only informative but transformative, Dr. Pitre explores:

    • the scriptural roots of vocal, meditative, and contemplative prayer
    • the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of spiritual growth
    • the spiritual exercises of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving
    • the Jewish roots of the Lord’s Prayer
    • Lectio Divina: how to pray with the Bible
    • seven vices and their seven opposing virtues
    • the battle of prayer: how to deal with difficulty and distractions
    • the “dark night of the soul” in the Scriptures

    Full of sacred truths, contemplative insights, and practical steps, Introduction to the Spiritual Life is a veritable biblical road map of the spiritual landscape that enables us to follow Jesus as our primary guide.

    Hardcover: 336 pages
    Publisher: Image (November 2, 2021)

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Customer Reviews

Based on 40 reviews
Such an INSPIRED read

I gave this book to a colleague who was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh with whom I worked with. He has been a Catholic all his life and was in awe of the explanations of the spiritual life that Dr Pitre writes about. He was very appreciative of receiving such an ‘inspired’ book.

Marie T
Adoration companion

I’m on chapter 7 (fasting) … not rushing through this book because it’s so rich and impactful for my spiritual growth. I always had good intentions about fasting (outside of obligatory) but generally fell short. Reading this chapter coincided with this year’s international week of prayer and fasting and has really helped me be faithful to that intention. Wonderful book - highly recommend!

Stacy Urso
Dr. Pitre’s Best Book Yet

The content was clear, organized and so well done! You can read it all in one sitting from cover to cover OR in sections! I am so grateful for Dr. Pitre. A must read!

Bryn Sparks
Introduction to the Spiritual Life

This is a life-changing series for both my wife and I. It has deepened our prayer life, and we now say daily rosary in the morning together and both eagerly participated in a 40 hour adoration of the blessed sacrement - somethign we would never have believed ourselves capable of even a year ago.

Paul Hands
Ultimate Catholic book

Brilliantly Book by Dr Pitre. Strongly Highly recommended. Once you start reading, you can’t put the book down,