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Recommended Ignatian Reading Archive

Prior years' sampling of books by Jesuits and about Ignatian spirituality are listed below. Many are available in bookstores and online.  View our 2012 Ignatian recommended reading list.

New In 2011

Book by Fr. James Martin:  Between Heaven & Mirth

Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Available on Amazon.






Changed Heart, Changed World, The Transforming Freedom of Friendship with God, by Fr. William Barry, SJ, is available from Loyola Press. Fr. Barry is a veteran spiritual director who is currently serving as tertian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus.




Praying with the Jesuits: Finding God in All Things by Fr. Charles Healey, SJ, professor of theology at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, available in bookstores and on







Published In 2010


The Divine Dynamic by Fr. John Surette, SJ


Jesuits author Fr. John Surrette's "The Divine Dynamic" was awarded a "first place for first authors" by the Catholic Press Association which calls the book a "spiritual treasure."

Available from Acta Publications.




The Shadowbrook FireThe Shadowbrook Fire, written by F.X. Shea and edited and published by Fr. Joseph Appleyard, SJ.

Fr. Joe Appleyard, SJ, has edited and published the story and history of the 1956 fire at  the Jesuit novitiate at Shadowbrook. For a copy, email

Download pdf. 





The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life 
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by Fr. James Martin, SJ. Available at Amazon








Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition 
Fr. Harvey Egan, SJ, professor at Boston College, has published Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition. Available at Liturgical Press.








Papal Diplomacy and the quest for Peace: The United Nations From Pius XII to Paul VI co-authored by Fr. Robert John Araujo, SJ, and the late Fr. John Lucal, SJ. St. Joseph’s University Press








Published in 2009

Divine Worship and Human Healing, Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death,  by Fr. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ,

Fr. Morrill turns to the rites serving the sick, dying, deceased, and grieving to show why sacramental liturgy is so fundamental to the life of faith.

Listen to Fr. Morrill's interview

Available from Liturgical Press   




The Ignatian Way: Key Aspects of Jesuit Spirituality by Fr. Charles J. Healey, SJ

Fr. Healey provides a guide to the basic aspects of Ignatian spirituality.

Available from Paulist Press.

Seek My Face, by Fr. William (Bill) Barry, SJ. 

Fr. Bill Barry uses situations and personalities from scripture to show readers the various ways in which people in the Bible formed a relationship with God.

Available from Loyola Press.

Sacrifice Unveiled:The True Meaning of Christian Sacrifice, by Fr. Robert (Bob) Daly, SJ.

Offers a new understanding of sacrifice as a response to love and an entering into the self-giving life of God.

Available from Continuun Books. 

Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand by Fr. William (Bill) Barry, SJ. 

Fr. Bill Barry helps us understand how we can experience a personal relationship with God, and what effects that close relationship will have on our lives.

Available from Loyola Press.



Published in 2008


 Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island by Fr. James Skehan, SJ.

The  history behind the geology and landforms of the area are explained, illustrated with color photos, charts and diagrams. Road guides locate and interet rocks, mountains and formations.

The Roadside Geology of Massachusetts is also available from Mountain Press.



The Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God Edited by Philippe Bordeyne and Bruce Morrill, SJ

This volume is a first-ever companion to the intellectually and pastorally stimulating work of Louis-Marie Chauvet, one of the most important systematic theologians of liturgy and sacraments in recent times.

Available from the Liturgical Press




Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa, edited by Fr. David Hollenbach, SJ.  

An ethical, human rights-based framework for advocacy on behalf of refugees that will be of great use to practitioners, policy analysts, and citizens who are concerned with the tragic results of war and conflict in Africa today.

Available from Georgetown University Press




The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits, edited by Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ

This book examines the religious and cultural significance of the Jesuits from a historical perspective. The first four sections cover the period prior to the Suppression by Pope Clement XIV in 1773, while section five examines the Suppression and some of the challenges and opportunities of the restored Society of Jesus up to the present.

Available from Cambridge University Press



Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII, Charles Gallagher, SJ, Yale Press.

A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God's Amazing Embrace, William Barry, SJ, Loyola Press

God's Passionate Desire, William Barry, SJ, Loyola Press

A Jesuit Off-Broadway, James Martin, SJ,  Loyola Press. Watch video of Fr. Martin.


Previously Published


Jesuit Postmodern, written in autobiographical style by nine Jesuits, articulates how their lives as Jesuits influences their work.

Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality, David Lonsdale

Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, Michael G. Harter, SJ, ed.

Inner Compass, Margaret Silf

Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way, William A. Barry, SJ & Robert G. Doherty, SJ

Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings, Kevin F. Burke, SJ ed.

This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa, James Martin, SJ

All Saints: Daily Reflection on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time, Robert Ellsberg

The First Jesuit: St. Ignatius Loyola, Mary Purcell

He Leadeth Me, Walter Ciszek, SJ

My Life with the Saints, James Martin, SJ

A Pilgrim's Journey: The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola, Joseph Tylenda, SJ

Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions, James Martin, SJ

Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation: Understanding the Mass, John F. Baldovin, SJ

A Faith You Can Live With: Understanding the Basics, John O'Donnell, SJ

Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action, Thomas Massaro, SJ

The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to Catholicism, Michael J. Himes

Who is Jesus? Why Is He Important? An Introduction to the New Testament, Daniel J. Harrington, SJ 
Many of these publications are available through Loyola Press and on Amazon.

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