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Loss, Longing, and Our Search for God
Author: Regis Martin
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: September 24, 2012
In Still Point: Loss, Longing and Our Search for God Franciscan University professor, popular speaker, and prolific author Regis Martin tells how the deaths of his mother and brother pushed him to revisit all he knew and felt about God and his own deepest desires—and how he came to reconcile the theology he teaches with the lived experience of faith.
Drawing on insights from Christian writers like Lewis, Hopkins, Chesterton, and Eliot, Martin explores the questions at the heart of all human longing: What does it mean to really be lost? What if God doesn’t want us after all? What does Christ’s cry from the cross say about human suffering? Why is it never hopeless to hope?
“Regis Martin is a sage for our time."
“Regis Martin is a sage for our time. Here he offers us wisdom for confronting the greatest mystery of life, which is suffering and death. Yet he does so with real grace and poetic wit. Divine truth joined to the practical challenges of human life, that's what we all need, and what Martin offers in abundance. Along with profound insights, you will find encouragement and hope, coming from the God of mercy through the cross of Christ.”
Author of The Lamb’s Supper
"Leads the reader to confront some of the great mysteries of our existence."
“Regis Martin leads the reader to confront some of the great mysteries of our existence, reflecting on life and death, hope, and despair as well as the anxieties and the perplexity we feel about the unknowns to come and the unknowns with which we engage regularly. He shares concrete examples, many from his own life, but also those from great minds who explore questions which both they and we must face. All of this is done in a context of our faith.”
Most Reverend John J. Myers
Archbishop of Newark
"Offers us the hope of Christ."
“Regis Martin has a campus-wide reputation for a remarkable vocabulary, punctuating lectures with apt quotes from poets, theologians, and the occasional rock star, and unflinchingly exploring the real problems of suffering, evil, and death. This lovely book shows his reputation is well deserved as he wrestles with deep human longings and offers us the hope of Christ: ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’”
Rev. Terrence Henry, T.O.R.
Franciscan University of Steubenville
"Profound and beautiful."
“With the eloquence and poignancy of a poet, Regis Martin gets to the heart of life’s most urgent questions, forging a link between our ‘desperate desires’ and our 'homesickness for God' in this profound and beautiful book.”
Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P.
"Regis Martin is one of Catholicism's trustworthy guides."
“Regis Martin is one of Catholicism's trustworthy guides to the spiritual life in all its dimensions—including, as he demonstrates here, its hard and challenging dimensions.”
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Ethics and Public Policy Center
"Both beautiful and bracing."
“Regis Martin’s moving reflection on our death-haunted and restless search for God is both beautiful and bracing. Drawing on the profound imaginings of our poets and our theologians, Martin’s meditation takes place on the lip of the abyss as he shows us Who it is our hearts so restlessly long for.”
Our Sunday Visitor Publishing
"Beautifully proclaims the Gospel."
“This book beautifully proclaims the Gospel in a unique and deeply poetic manner. Drawing on poetry, philosophy, theology and the depths of human experience, Regis Martin lyrically connects the deepest longings and hopes of the human heart with their overwhelmingly generous fulfillment in Christ. This book can only increase our own desperate desire for eternal love and fulfillment and deepen our hope in its certain coming to pass."
Director Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
"A breathtakingly beautiful book."
“Regis Martin is a masterful writer who, with wit and charm, draws the reader into a dialogue with some of the greatest thinkers and writers of human history—to ask the questions that lie deep within each person’s heart. This is a breathtakingly beautiful book that will stir within any reader a longing to deepen their personal relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ.”
Catholics United for the Faith
"Regis Martin not only knows and loves the truth, he expounds it beautifully."
“I have been blessed with many great teachers in life. Regis Martin not only knows and loves the truth, he expounds it beautifully. Still Point is a captivating look at the most perplexing and unavoidable aspects of life’s voyage. Overwhelmed by desperate desires, which appear to go unnoticed, and then unsatisfied, we are led to see that in the end, love will find a way.”
President and Founder
Fellowship of Catholic University Students
"Will not fail to move you and shake you.”
“Regis Martin probes the deepest wounds we suffer—loss and longing—and presents us with our hope for healing. While we ache, we are 'alive with longing.' This book is as haunting and hypnotic as the poetry on which it depends. Martin applies the 'poetry of the transcendent' as a balm, the first dose in the course of a cure. You will not forget the stories he tells you. His reading of familiar biblical passages will not fail to move you and shake you.”
Author of Why Me? When Bad Things Happen