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Be Not Troubled
A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Author: Jeffrey Kirby
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: April 26, 2019
For more than 250 years, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade has offered inspiration and spiritual balm for those plagued with doubt, anxiety, and fear. Motivated by his own life-changing encounter with this spiritual classic and the popular resurgence in practicing Christian mindfulness, bestselling author and retreat leader Rev. Jeffrey Kirby serves up six meditations, rooted in Caussade’s work, for today’s reader and presents them as a personal retreat. Perfect for anyone looking to renew their trust in God and live freely in the present moment, Be Not Troubled invites you to let go of what you can’t control and discover a place of deep serenity in God.
How does the contemporary person who is constantly forced to multitask, is fragmented and torn in different directions, and feels more connection through technology than through face-to-face interaction come to know and experience God’s presence?
In Be Not Troubled, Kirby draws on his decades of experience as a popular retreat leader and speaker to offer you the wisdom of Caussade distilled into a six-day personal retreat that equips you to embrace the present moment and shake fear from your mind—all by recognizing the power of God.
This process begins with time-tested tools drawn from the renowned spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence, which presents a series of influential spiritual reflections from Caussade, a beloved eighteenth-century French Jesuit.
In popularizing this classic for today’s readers, Be Not Troubled
- rejects a spirituality of fear and shame by introducing you to God as a loving provider who knows you and wills your happiness;
- guides you in personally surrendering your will to God—an essential step in developing deep faith;
- helps you see God in the details as you recognize ordinary moments as opportunities to experience God and his love for you; and
- instructs you in embracing the sacrament of the present moment, dispelling doubt and anxiety from your life.
Practical steps, invitations to practice presence, and reflective prayers guide you through these spiritual habits, which are broken out into six days of brief, accessible meditations that can be completed in the midst of your daily life.
Rather than the future or the past, and rather than in cyberspace or somewhere else, God is found in this moment and in this place. The present moment can be lived and cherished as a sacrament, a visible sign of invisible graces. And it’s in this sacrament that we can most know ourselves and encounter the living God.
“Powerful, profound, and very readable.”
Founder and president of Culture of Life Africa
"The perfect cure for troubled minds."
“Fr. Jeff Kirby totally surprised me by presenting the teachings of Caussade in a fresh and practical way. This book is the perfect cure for troubled minds.”
Author of Give Up Worry for Lent!
"Packed with everyday wisdom and tips."
"Packed with everyday wisdom and tips, Fr. Kirby reminds us of the many ways that God is with each of us through all of life’s trials and tumult and that even in the midst of pain, suffering, and confusion, we can know God’s love and will for our lives."
Author of The Marian Option
"A practical guide."
"A practical guide and workable resource to develop lives free from anxiety through confidence in God’s grace."
Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B.
Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College