A Feast for Hungry Souls

Spiritual Lessons from the Church's Greatest Masters and Mystics
Author: Susan Muto
Foreword by: Haley Stewart

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: May 8, 2020

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Winner of a first-place award in spirituality from the Catholic Media Association.


“This book is banquet, and it should be included in the library of any Catholic intent on deepening their relationship to Christ Jesus.”—Elizabeth Scalia, editor at-large at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries


Renowned scholar Susan Muto presents her spiritual legacy with a rich introduction to thirty Christian masters. These voices from the ancient, medieval, and modern Church have been the focus of Muto’s work for more than forty years and the trusted guides of her own spiritual life. Masters such as Benedict of Nursia, Clare of Assisi, Thomas Merton, and Teresa of Avila will help answer your most pressing spiritual questions and satisfy the deepest cravings of your heart.

From the simplicity and solitude of the desert mystics and other ancient masters to the practicality and prayerfulness of medieval saints such as Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena to the relatable sensibilities of modern masters such as Evelyn Underhill and Thomas Merton, Susan Muto—executive director of the Epiphany Association and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality—draws deeply from the well of the Christian spiritual tradition to address some of our most pressing spiritual hungers:

  • The Desert Fathers teach us how to hear God above the noise of everyday life.
  • Augustine of Hippo acknowledges the restlessness that precedes spiritual growth.
  • Julian of Norwich reflects on the universality and purpose of suffering.
  • Jean-Pierre de Caussade explores what it means to have a heart fully surrendered to God.
  • Thérѐse of Lisieux shares her little way of spiritual childhood.

In each chapter, Muto introduces a spiritual master who she finds helpful in meeting a particular condition or challenge commonly faced in the Christian life and places that master within the historical and spiritual contexts of their time. Muto then introduces a classic work associated with that master, identifying key themes or principles to apply to your own life. Each chapter concludes with reflection questions to ponder individually or discuss in a group setting.

Rich yet accessible, this book will fortify your soul with time-tested spiritual insight and practical wisdom so you can enter more deeply into the mystery of spiritual union with God.

Product Details

Pages: 384

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594719257

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A treasure trove.”

    “This is a treasure trove of deep spiritual truths introducing some of the most important figures who shaped Christian spirituality.”

    From the foreword by Haley Stewart
    Catholic blogger, podcaster, and author of The Grace of Enough

  • “Accessible, informative, helpful.”

    “While there are a number of introductions to the Christian spiritual masters, none are quite so accessible, informative, or helpful as Susan Muto’s A Feast for Hungry Souls.”

    Timothy P. O’Malley
    Director of Education for the McGrath Institute for Church Life
    University of Notre Dame

  • “Insightful, practical advice.”

    “This book is filled with insight, practical advice, and probing questions that will help readers grow in wholeness and holiness at every stage of the spiritual journey.”

    Patricia Cooney Hathaway
    Professor of spirituality and systematic theology
    Sacred Heart Major Seminary

  • “A gift.”

    “Only the saints and spiritual masters are our true guides in sustaining a Christian spiritual life. To prayerfully read this gift from Susan Muto is to be ushered into the deepest waters of Christian prayer and thought, a depth, meant to refresh all, as there is no elite when it comes to the call to holiness.”

    Deacon James Keating
    Director of Theological Formation
    Institute for Priestly Formation

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