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The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints
Drawing upon the teaching of seven Spiritual Doctors of the Church, Ralph Martin presents an in-depth study of the journey to God. This book provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord.
Supremely wonderful beyond words.
By J. Connolly "jconnol1"
- October 28, 2006
I wish I could give this outstanding book a "10." The author weaves a sublimely beautiful tapestry on the spiritual life and man's search for God, guided by seven doctors of the Christian Church who were magnificently blessed from beyond the natural realm with overflowing gifts of wisdom and supernatural advice. The most profoundly moving sentence of this nearly 500-page book that exquisitely summarizes it can be found on page 229: "...we're all in desperate need of God, of His forgiveness, of His love, of His Holy Spirit, and all of us need to abandon our pride, admit our need, and come to the foot of the Cross to receive mercy and forgiveness. And we need to stay there." I have never read a truer or more touching description of the human condition.
Providing us abundant hope and consolation amid this valley of tears we call Earth is the incredible quote from St. John of the Cross on the 3rd page from the book's end: "In the first place it should be known that if... read more
Guidebook for Sainthood
By Glenn K. Smith
- January 16, 2007
This book is a must-read for anyone truly interested in following the teachings of Jesus and in being His disciple. In a very accessible style, Ralph Martin presents the teachings of six of the greatest saints in Church history, who by their lives and writings have bequeathed to us a treasury of wisdom. It's amazing how clearly Mr. Martin plumbs the spiritual depths of the likes of St. John of the Cross, St Augustine, and St. Teresa of Avila, among others, in such a way as to make their writings both compelling and comforting at the same time.
That being said, I warn you; if you don't want to be challenged in the way you are living your Christian life, then this book is not for you. With its penetrating exploration of Scripture and saints' writings, I can honestly say that "The Fulfillment of All Desire" has haunted me in a bittersweet way.
To sum up, I'm glad Ralph Martin wrote it, and by the grace of God, I will continue to muster up the courage to study it... read more
Seven Spiritual Directors - The Doctors are In!
By Terry Fenwick
- May 9, 2007
I am still reading this book - but I read a page or two - then rush to Amazon to order a copy for a friend who will love it; read another page or two or three - put it down, swooning a bit while running to the computer to order another copy for someone I know who will love it - at this rate I may never finish this book! But, this I know for certain - The Fulfillment of All Desire is going to be one of my favorite books of all time. It is already changing my life! I give it 10 stars so you must double my rating, Amazon!
Ralph Martin may have done his finest work and The Fulfullment of All Desire possibly will be his finest hour. This book does not just tell us what we need to do - and what we already know we need to do - it tells us how to do it!!! These Doctors of the Church have "been-there-and-back" and know how to help us find our way. As we listen and learn, we will begin to live the life of one with the Saintly Fulfillment of All Desire. Just order this book... read more
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