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Going on retreat : a beginner's guide to the Christian retreat experience
Silf, Margaret.
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Chicago, Ill. : Loyola Press, [2002]

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xiv, 201 pages ; 21 cm
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"Published in Great Britain in 2002 as: Soul space : making a retreat in the Christian tradition"--T.p. verso.
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BV5068.R4 S57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Inner Compass offers a practical guide to greater self-knowledge and spiritual awareness through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Close to the Heart opens up a world of imaginative yet simple ways to approach individual prayer. Going on Retreat is a valuable resource for anyone considering a retreat experience.

Author Notes

Margaret Silf has been trained by the Jesuits to accompany and guide others in prayer. Her many books include Inner Compass and Close to the Heart. Silf lives with her husband and their daughter in the West Midlands of England

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Publisher's Weekly Review

What kinds of retreats are available for Christians? How much do they cost? What is "spiritual direction"? Once I am on a retreat, how in the world am I supposed to fill the hours? Margaret Silf provides answers to these questions and more in Going on Retreat: A Beginner's Guide to the Christian Retreat Experience. The book is heavily weighted toward a more liturgical Christian experience, with a separate chapter on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius; most of the retreat centers listed in the appendix are Roman Catholic or Anglican (Episcopalian). Silf is a fine writer and the book is full of wise spiritual counsel as well as practical tips. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is a useful, practical guide for anyone-whether clergy or laity, theologian or neophyte-contemplating a retreat. The author of several books on prayer and spirituality, Silf offers advice that is fairly generic-though as the subtitle aptly suggests, this book is best suited for the Christian community. Most of the book focuses on a structured retreat experience, generally at an established center, but Silf also defines a retreat as any break from everyday life spent in solitude, prayer, or meditation. In addition to describing what readers can expect on a retreat, Silf provides a list of such centers in 25 states, many of which are affiliated with the Catholic Church. Members of Protestant denominations might locate other centers through their local church or by word of mouth-which, as Silf points out, is a good source since such recommendations are based on personal experience. Suggestions for preparing for retreats and for returning to one's workaday world afterward are included, as is a recommended reading list. Very suitable for public and church libraries.-Mary Prokop, Savannah Country Day Preparatory Sch., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Why Should I Make a Retreat?p. 1
Chapter 2 What Is a Residential Retreat?p. 25
Chapter 3 Can I Still Make a Retreat if I Can't Get Away?p. 57
Chapter 4 Retreat Companions, Prayer Guides, and Soul Friendsp. 79
Chapter 5 How Should I Prepare for My Retreat Experience?p. 113
Chapter 6 I'm Here! Now What?p. 135
Chapter 7 Keeping the Retreat Experience Alivep. 161
Chapter 8 The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyolap. 173
Appendix 1 Retreat Centers in the United Statesp. 191
Appendix 2 Suggested Readingp. 198