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Suggested Books


About St. Ignatius

  • The Pilgrim Story: The Life and Spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. By Brendan Comerford, SJ (easy read)

  • Saint Ignatius Own Story (Autobiography). Translated by William J Young, SJ (translation)

  • A Pilgrimes Testament: Memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola  by  Barton Gerger, SJ (with commentary)

  • A Pilgrims's Journey: The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola by Joseph N. Tylenda, SJ (with commentary)

  • Personal Writings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Translated by Joseph Munitiz and Philip Endean

  • St. Ignatius Loyola: Letters to Women Ed. by Hugo Hahner, SJ

On Ignatian Prayer Methods​

  • Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture. By Timothy Gallagher, OMV

  • An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer: Scriptural Reflections According to the Spiritual Exercises.  By Timothy Gallagher, OMV

On The Examen

  • A Simple Life-changing Prayer: Discovering the power of Saint Ignatius Loyola Examen. By Jim Manney

  • The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today. By Timothy Gallagher OMV

  • Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. By Mark Thibodeaux, SJ

  • Awareness.  By Anthony De Mello

On Prayer - William Barry, SJ

  • God and You: Prayer as a Personal Relationship. 

  • A Friendship like no other: Experiencing God’s amazing embrace. 

  • God’s passionate desire. 

  • Here’s my heart, here’s my hand: Living fully in friendship with God.

  • Praying the Truth: Deepening your friendship with God through Honest Prayer. 

  • Seek My Face: Prayer as a personal relationship in Scripture. 

  • Discernment In Prayer Paying Attention to Go.  

On Ignatian Spirituality

  • What Is Ignatian Spirituality? By David Fleming, SJ

  • Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. By Jim Manney

  • Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit way. By William Barry, SJ

  • Inner compass: Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality. By Margaret Silf

  • Eyes to see ears to hear: An introduction to Ignatian Spirituality. By David Longsdale

  • An Ignatian Spirituality Reader: Contemporary writings. George W Traub SJ editor

  • Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st C. Ronald Modras

  • Ignatian Christian Life: A New Paradign. by Rosano Zas Frix De Col, SJ

  • The Ignatian Way: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of St. Ignatius. Jose Louis Iriberri, SJ and Chris Lowney

On Finding God

  • Finding God in all Things:  A Companion to the Spiritual Exercises of St.  Ignatius. By William Barry, SJ

  • Finding God Again: Spirituality for Adults. by John J. Shea


  • Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits. by Michael Carter SJ

  • Divine Mercy: Meditation on the Interior Life. by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD

On Discernment​ - Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OMV

  • The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian guide for everyday living. 

  • The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian guide for everyday living - Reader's Guide.

  • Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits. 

  • Setting Captives Free: Personal Reflections on Ignatian Discernment of Spirits. 

 On Finding God's Will - Making Decisions 

  • Discerning the Will of God. An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making. by Thomas Gallagher OMV

  • God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will. by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ

  • What’s Your Decision? An Ignatian approach to decision-making. by Tim Hipskind, Sj et al

  • Living Against the Grain: How to make decisions that lead to an authentic life. by Tim Muldoon.

  • Discernment: The Art of Choosing Well Based upon Ignatian Spirituality. by Pierre Wolff

  • The Art of Discernment: Making Good Decisions in Your World of Choices. by Stefan Kiechle

  • Discernment. Reading the Signs of Daily Life. by Henri JM Nouwen

  • The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times. by Dean Brackley

Recommended if one is considering receiving the Spiritual Exercises.

  • Letting God Come Close: An Approach to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. by William Barry, SJ


The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola (English translations from the original text 

(used by directors in giving one-on-one Spiritual Exercises in the 30 day or 30 weeks [19th Annot.])

  • The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola by transl. Puhl

  • The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola - A Translation and Commentary by George Ganss, SJ

  • The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola with Commentary by Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ

  • The Spiritual Exercises a Literal Translation & Contemporary Reading. by David Fleming, SJ

  • Ignatian Collection. Word on Fire Ministries

The 19 Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola 

(text used by the director in giving the Spiritual Exercises with weekly spiritual direction sessions)

  • The Ignatian Adventure. by Kevin O’Brien, SJ 

18th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for Self-Directed Retreats

(can be used alone or in a parish group setting, in one-on-one weekly spiritual direction sessions)

  • 30 Days - Ascending with Ignatius: An At-Home Retreat (Book and YouTube Videos)  by Mark. Thibodeaux, SJ

  • 8 weeks - Meeting Christ in Prayer: An 8-week life-enriching experience based upon the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius. By Mary Ann McLaughlin et al

  • 12 weeks -Finding Christ in the World: A twelve-week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life. By Joseph Tetlow, SJ and Carol Atwell Ackels

  • 34 weeks - Retreat in the Real World: A Self-Guided Ignatian Experience.  By Andy Alexander, SJ et al.

  • 50 weeks - The Gift of Spiritual Intimacy: Following the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. By Monty Williams, SJ

18th Annotation: Directed Retreats based upon the Spiritual Exercises-Karen Shields Wright​​

(can be used alone or in a parish group setting, in one-on-one weekly spiritual direction sessions)

  • The A 6-week Contemplative Retreat. (A download, email for password)

  •  The 10 Week Ignatian Encounter. (A download, email for password)

  • A Step 11 Retreat for those of the Big Book.  (A download, email for password)


These books and workbooks below are in the Ignatian Tradition for Self-Directed Retreats ​

(designed to be used alone or in a parish group setting)

  • An Invitation to Love:  A Personal Retreat on the Great Commandment. By William Barry, SJ

  • An Ignatian Pathway: Experiencing The Mystical Dimension of the Spiritual Exercises. Paul Coutinho, SJ

  • The Strangest Way: Walking the Christain Path. Bishop Robert Barron

  • An 8-day Ignatian Retreat: For priests, religious, deacons, and lay ministers. By Thomas Rauch SJ

  • 40 weeks: An Ignatian Path to Christ with Sacred Story Prayer. By William Watson, SJ

  • A12-Step Approach to the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. By Jim Harbaugh, SJ

  • Moment by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life. By Carol Ann Smith, SHCI and Eugene Merz, SJ

  • Untold Blessings: Three Paths to Holiness by Bishop Robert Barron

  • Cannonball Moments: Telling YOur Story, Deepening Your Faith by Eric Clayton

Ignatian Reflections for 365 Days of the Year

(designed to be used alone)

  • Thoughts of St. Ignatius Loyola for Every Day of the Year. by Patrick Ryan, SJ

  • Ignatian Book of Days. by Jim Manney

Books by Fr. Jacques Philippe

  • Interior Freedom. 

  • In the School of the Holy Spirit

  • Time for God

The Marian Devotions

  • The Glorious of Mary. By Saint Alphonsus De Liguori

  • True Devotion to Mary. By St. Louis de Montfort

The Carmelite Tradition

  • The Practice of the Presence of God: The Way of Perfection. By Brother Laurence and Teresa of Avila

  • The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

  • St. John of the Cross 

Contemplative Contemporary Tradition​

Thomas Merton

  • The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation. 

  • Seeds of Contemplation. 

  • The Ascent to Truth. 

  • The Seven-story Mountain. 

  • The essential writings of Thomas Merton: Spiritual master. Ed. by Laurence Cunningham


Henri JM Nouwen

  • Out of solitude: three meditations on the Christian life. 

  • The Wounded Healer. 

  • Behold the beauty of the Lord: Praying with icons. 



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