For many people, faith is based on creeds, doctrine, and head knowledge. It's about mastering the "facts" and making sure you give the "right" answer when any spiritual question is asked. But best-selling author Margaret Silf believes that faith is not about mastery but about mystery, and that living in that mystery allows us to focus much less on religion and much more on relationship--a relationship with the Divine.
In Simple Faith, Silf encourages us to rethink many of the teachings on faith that end up holding us back from experiencing the joy and freedom that a simple faith offers. In short but compelling chapters, Silf provides answers to many important questions of faith: Does life really have meaning? Is it true that God is love? Why do bad things happen to good people? Who is Jesus, and why did he have to die? Is faith really about saving our souls or about spending our lives doing good for others?
Silf's overall message is very clear--faith is not knowing about God, but coming to know God, and that knowing this God requires us to accept the mystery that is God. For all who struggle with conventional religion, Simple Faith is a simple way to help draw closer to the Divine and find life-changing meaning in a new kind of faith.
Margaret Silf travels widely in her work as a retreat director and speaker on Ignatian spirituality. Her books include Close to the Heart: A Practical Approach to Personal Prayer (Loyola Press) and The Gift of Prayer: Embracing the Sacred in the Everyday (Bluebridge).
Close to the Heart: A Guide to Personal PrayerThis book is for anyone looking for a relationship with God in the Christian tradition without the constraints of formulas or strict disciplines.
Going on Retreat: A Beginner's Guide to the Christian Retreat ExperienceA valuable guide that provides information such as types of retreats available, costs and amenities, and where centers are located.
Inner Compass - 10th Anniversary Edition: An Invitation to Ignatian SpiritualityLoyola Press presents the tenth-anniversary edition of Margaret Silf’s Inner Compass, the acclaimed English-language primer on Ignatian spirituality.
Compass Points: Meeting God Every Day at Every TurnIgnatian spirituality expert Margaret Silf shows readers how to find God in daily life in this collection of stories and meditations.
The Other Side of Chaos: Breaking Through When Life Is Breaking DownIn The Other Side of Chaos, best-selling author Margaret Silf helps us look closely at the “messes” in our lives through the lens of Christian spirituality, enabling us to see the chaos of life not as something to fear or eschew, but as something to be embraced.
2012: A Book of Grace-Filled Days: In 2012: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Margaret Silf, page-a-day reflections and Scripture readings that follow the lectionary readings of the church year foster spiritual calm and give glimpses of God’s abundant grace.
Just Call Me López : Getting to the Heart of Ignatius Loyola In Just Call Me López , a twenty-first-century woman, Rachel, meets the man who becomes the saint, and both are transformed by their unlikely friendship and series of thought-provoking conversations.