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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....

Title : 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 Reviews

  • Wanda
    2018-11-20 10:26

    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 find it exhilarating to read about this journey, although the discussion of the "dark night" always scares me more than a little! This is a book that I will return to often for a refresher course.In my own Scripture reading, I had always been somewhat puzzled by Jesus' teaching that He would be in usand we would be in Him.I could readily understand how He was in us, especially in light of the Eucharist, but I have never been certain what it means for us to be in Him. In Fulfillment of All Desire, p. 381, Martin writes:"At another time Bernard uses the strong imagery of 'eating' the Lord and 'being eaten' by Him to convey a mutuality of complete indwelling that, while redolent with Eucharistic imagery, extends to an abiding state of relationship."Martin then quotes Saint Bernard:"I myself am his food. . . I am chewed as I am reproved by him; I am swallowed as I am taught; I am digested as I am changed; I am assimilated as I am transformed; I am made one as I am conformed. Do not wonder at this. (Jn. 5:28), for he feeds upon us and is fed by us that we may be the more closely bound to him. Otherwise we are not perfectly united with him. For if I eat and am not eaten, then he is in me but I am not yet in him (Jn. 6:57). . . But he eats me that he may have me in himself, and he in turn is eaten by me that he may be in me, and the bond between us will be strong and the union complete, for I shall be in him and he likewise will be in me. . . feeding somehow upon God, and being fed by God."There is much food for thought here. (No pun intended, lol). What I am left with is a feeling that Jesus LOVES us so much, and so wants us to be close to Him, to be in Him. Jesus sincerely desires us more than we can probably ever know while on this earth, and this ongoing revelation stokes the fires within me, making me yearn to strive even harder to somehow be worthy of someday being close to Him.Now if I could just learn to behave....

  • Kris McGregor
    2018-12-08 11:27

    “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 great thing is that it begins today, now…holiness is a universal calling for all of us. If there was one book I would recommend to have, besides the Bible of course, it is this one first and foremost! Click here for my interview with Ralph Martin

  • Virginia Lieto
    2018-12-05 10:23

    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 more 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, Theresé 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 more Christ-like we unite with the pinnacle of our desire – that of Christ himself.The book is lengthy, with numerous quotes from the works of the saints. Ralph Martin lets the saints tell the story of how one might develop the fulfillment of all desire. If I had one complaint, it is that the quotes were too numerous. I say that because I am familiar with Ralph Martin, having watched him on EWTN. The man is a brilliant and esteemed professor of Theology. With that said, I hoped that by reading this book, I would gain much insight from Mr. Martin’s views on the topic. Instead, he let the saints tell the story. One can’t complain too much when one gets to hear directly from the source!This book walks the reader through the three stages to holiness: 1) the Purgative Way, 2) the Illuminative Way, and 3) the Unitive Way. In a nutshell, to grow in holiness, we must first acknowledge our sinful ways and purge ourselves of the sinful life. Once emptied of sin, God can illuminate for us how to proceed on the path to holiness, with the ultimate culmination, that of union with God – seeing God face-to-face in heaven!If you are looking for ways to grow closer to Christ, then this book just might be for you. It is easy to read and understand. You never know, it might bring about the fulfillment of all of your own desire!

  • booklady
    2018-12-03 11:19

    Just comparing books for Adoration and Wanda recommended this one which I'd never heard of. Also, I just noticed that goodreads 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...

  • Ray Schneider
    2018-11-17 12:39

    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 Amazon for it.

  • Karin
    2018-11-29 11:19

    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 prayerfully read through this book. Dr. Martin gives us bite size pieces of some of the most profound and sometimes difficult works by these saints, such as John of the Cross' Dark Night of the Soul and Teresa's Interior Castles.This book is for anyone no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. Through prayerful reading, the reader becomes aware that God calls all of us to holiness, to become saints, and that what awaits us in heaven is worth all the trials and sufferings endured in this life.Their is also a companion study guide available with questions for comprehension of the text as well as questions for reflection. I highly recommend using the study guide as the questions will help you review and process what you have read, and the questions for reflection will help you to go deeper into your own spiritual life and see where and how the teachings of the saints as well as Holy Scripture can be applied to your own daily life.I will close this review with St John of the Cross' prayer:May the most sweet Jesus, Bridegroom of faithful souls, be pleased to bring all who invoke His name to this marriage.

  • Nefficus
    2018-12-08 13:36

    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 repetitive, leading to times when it was difficult to return to this book...or pages read and re-read after realizing my attention had drifted. Perhaps the best compliment I can pay to this book is that it will make you want to go and actually read the source material - the writings of these great saints.This is a highly recommended guide for those looking for some spiritual direction from the masters of the mystical tradition.

  • Matthew
    2018-12-12 14:28

    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.

  • Rachel Noffke
    2018-12-07 08:38

    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 more you think "Have so far to go". Great for spiritual reading.

  • Gregory Graham
    2018-12-02 13:22

    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, Thérèse 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 writings that can sometimes be baffling outside of the right context. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about the spiritual life. The book is quite readable and does not require a lot of theological background, but I did find that it required a lot of effort to get through. I think the effort, however, was not so much intellectual as much as an effort of the will. The spiritual life is not easy, and our sin tainted natures resist it. However, I found the book well worth the effort, and I'm glad I persevered and finished it.

  • Rachel Crooks
    2018-11-18 14:33

    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.

  • Leo
    2018-11-20 06:36

    Read the reviews on Amazon.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.

  • Ben Valentine
    2018-11-17 09:37

    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!

  • Scott
    2018-11-24 09:20

    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 more 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.

  • John
    2018-12-12 12:28

    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!!!

  • Thadeus
    2018-11-30 11:19

    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 more by re-reading when I am a little farther along in my journey.Recommended.

  • Nick
    2018-12-13 08:20

    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.

  • Brian
    2018-11-20 12:32

    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.

  • booklady
    2018-11-29 13:46

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

  • Jeff Miller
    2018-11-27 07:44

    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.

  • Jamie
    2018-12-02 11:34

    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.

  • Shannon Stevens
    2018-12-13 07:39

    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.

  • Anna
    2018-11-27 14:17

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

  • Frances Brady
    2018-11-23 13:45

    Saints. Apparently he wrote the book to make the writings of Saints more 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 more time talking about how hard it is for us to understand the Saint & how we should try anyway. And then he connects different Saints in a way where I can't tell where he's going with it. I think I'd rather just read the Saints works directly

  • Jade Kuhn
    2018-11-17 11:28

    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 anything that hadn't been stated earlier.

  • Caytie
    2018-11-16 13:43

    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.

  • Marty Wightman
    2018-12-15 07:45

    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!

  • Sheila Read
    2018-11-19 12:46

    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.

  • John
    2018-11-25 14:19

    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!!

  • Leonard Jr
    2018-12-04 08:19

    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.