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God of Surprises

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Other than that I would recommend the book but be prepared to read it quite slowly and really take the time to dig into the exercises if you want the full benefits. In terms of content and presentation the book is very good and will give you an awful lot to think about, it certainly changed my view on a lot of topics, especially the seeking guidance chapters. Yet it has provided a highly accessible way for readers to be introduced to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises without having to go the usual route of attending a retreat under the supervision of a spiritual director. As such the book might be particularly attractive to those of a more studious or introspective bent.

The exercises were very useful though they felt unevenly spread throughout the book with some chapters having several large meaty exercises and some having none at all. Gerard Hughes goes back to the basics on how faith/our relationship with God and our spirituality should be.Not to satisfy some super judge, nor to comply with the strictures of any religion, but rather because God loves us all and wants everyone to know it and rejoice in that knowledge. Through many practical suggestions for heightened prayer, including Ignatian exercises and Jungian exploration, God of Surprises guides readers along the inner journey which reveals to us a God we may not have expected to find. God is a ‘God of Surprises’ because He is not remote or distant, dwelling only in tabernacles and temples of stone, but near to us. At the end of most chapters, he provided exercises that related to the thoughts he had discussed in that chapter.

This book aims to suggest some ways of detecting the hidden treasure in what may be considered a most unlikely field, oneself. That wherever there is love, joy, and peace, that is where God is, regardless of your background and beliefs.

Creative and consolatory feelings are those that lead us to discovering more of our hidden treasure, whereas destructive and desolatory feelings lead us away from it. I read it a few years ago and was captivated by his thoughts about finding God in unexpected places - such as in ourselves as he has made us in his image.

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