Grounded in biblical tradition but with a clear focus on Ignatian spirituality, A Friendship Like No Other offers a fresh approach to becoming a friend of God. Eschewing the idea that God is a distant, solitary figure to be feared, renonwed spiritual director William A. Barry, SJ, provides us with all the tools needed to become a friend of God.
A Friendship Like No Other offers three well-supported and practical sections: prayerful exercises to help lead us to the conviction that God wants our friendship; a close look at objections to this idea; and reflections on experiencing the presence of God and discerning those experiences. Brief, personal meditations are woven throughout.
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William A. Barry, S.J., is a veteran spiritual director who is currently serving as tertian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. He has taught at the University of Michigan, the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Boston College.
Letting God Come Close: An Approach to the Ignatian Spiritual ExercisesA guide to the spiritual exercises for directors
God's Passionate Desire: In God’s Passionate Desire, Fr. Barry leads us on brief “retreats” to help us understand our relationship with God and how we can move forward into a more meaningful relationship with God.
Seek My Face: Prayer as Personal Relationship in ScriptureDevelop a relationship with God by following examples in Scripture. in Seek my Face William Barry situations and personalities from Scripture to show readers the various ways in which people in the Bible formed a relationship with God.
Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand: Living Fully in Friendship with God In Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand, William A. Barry, SJ, helps us understand how we can experience a personal relationship with God, and what effects that close relationship will have on our lives.
Changed Heart, Changed World: The Transforming Freedom of Friendship with GodIn William Barry's newest book, discover how a close friendship with God leads us to be difference-makers in the world. For more information.
Praying the Truth: Deepening Your Friendship with God through Honest PrayerPraying the Truth helps us realize that if we do not approach God in complete honesty, we may be holding back a part of ourselves that needs to be healed. By learning how to communication honestly with God, our friendship with God will be strengthened.