Like the Lightning provides an understanding of movements of the Spiritual Exercises, such as a shift from a consideration of sin in the world to a reflection on one’s personal sinfulness. This understanding can help the reader gain fresh insight into God’s activity while completing the Exercises; it can also unify the activities of an Ignatian retreat. Author David L. Fleming, S.J., divides the book into three parts, the first of which considers the major elements and themes that make up the movement of the Exercises. The second part focuses on particular exercises and how they shape and direct the experience as a whole. Finally, Fr. Fleming examines the way in which the Ignatian “rules” work to guide the dynamics of the Exercises.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-191).
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So far it's very good! God is speaking to me through the pages of this book. Thank you D. Fleming!
Whatever David Fleming writes is well worth reading. His depth of understanding the Spiritual Exercises is evident in each paragraph. A must for any Spiritual Director.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an expert understanding of how Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises is intended to draw the serious retreatant to a deep, authentic conversion of mind and heart toward a profound knowledge and love of our three-personed God.
Each year for the past eight years I have taught a course entitled, "The Structure and Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises" as part of our 3-year Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program. This is the best book I have found that truly delves into the dynamics of the Exercises. On small complaint, the book lacks a topical index (the table of contents just doesn't do .it). I have created a topical index, that I'll be happy to share
I really feel like my understanding of the dynamics of the Exercises has been greatly enhanced.
Although I have read much about the Exercises, David Fleming's understanding of the Exercises continues to amaze me and help me to grasp the perspective of St. Ignatius.