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The Better Part in its 4th Printing and iPhone App!

August 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, General

The Better Part

Dear Friends – Just in case you were out on vacation and missed it – here it is again with a significant correction (sorry for those who have already seen this) – please help us spread the word!

I am very excited to provide you with an update on one of the best prayer for post on the better part print and appresources available today, and published by Catholic Spiritual Direction in several new formats including a new iPhone App pictured here!

The Better Part is a book authored by Father John Bartunek. As many of you know, Father John allows us to publish one meditation unit a week (out of the 303 from the book) every Wednesday. He is also the author of our most popular question and answer posts that occur on most Mondays. We are excited to announce a few new developments with The Better Part. The Better Part is now available in:

  • A Spanish Edition
  • A Kindle Edition
  • An Incredible New iPhone App

To learn more or to purchase The Better Part, click here.

If you already have the book, please spread the word by forwarding this post to your friends and family!


Art for this post: Book cover and examples of the app used with permission.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Cylentka

    I have the app now and I love it! Thank you.

  • Aimee

    What great news!! This book has been the single most influential part of my spiritual journey… so glad to see it soaring!

  • Kev Casey

    I am a protestant, but recognise’s the love for Christ coming through “The Better Part” which i have as an app. I choose to gloss over the bits about the pope and Mary, but these references our minor compared to the wealth of commentary and meditation they are contained in. I also found Johns book on christian meditation very helpful. Yours in Christ Kevin

  • Kathy

    It’s too bad that the book is so expensive. I guess people who are poor and living from paycheck to paycheck just have to go it on our own. It’s ironic that in order to enrich your prayer life, you must first have the money to do it. Take it from experience, Jesus loved the poor, but the world doesn’t.

    • Dear Friend: True, the world doesn’t care for the poor. However, the people of God do. This is how millions get fed, medical attention, spritual food, every day of every year on every continent. Send me your address to and I will send you the book. This gift has one caveat. When you send the email, please note some kind of commitment you are willing to make to use the prayer method and to do so on a daily or weekly basis – whatever makes the most sense at the moment. Pax

      • LizEst

        God bless you, Dan!

  • ThirstforTruth

    I have and use this wonderful spiritual aide and would recommend to all
    those who want to grow in their knowledge of scripture and faith. I would
    even consider buying a newer edition IF the print were darker and larger.
    As I am a senior my eyes are not what they used to be and I find the print VERY difficult to read in my current edition. Does anyone else find this to be true? Perhaps you might consider a large print edition? It would make my day!

    • Dear Friend: We would LOVE to offer a large print version. Maybe you could begin a prayer campaign for donations for this? We would need a donation of about $20,000 to get it done because of all the rework and print costs. That said, we would jump on the project if we could raise the funds.

  • Witschej

    The app is excellent for morning meditation!

  • Guest

    Dear Dan, like I informed you before, though I have just a modest income which I live on, mine will be to pray for you that all your Plans and Projects will be fulfilled. This is God’s work and He sure will answer our prayers. My daily Divine Mercy Chaplet at the 3.00 O’clock Holy Hour will become two now because of this wonderful work you wish to accomplish. God bless you all on this Website.

    • Dear Mary – you don’t ever have to explain. I know you pray for us and we are grateful!

  • Chris

    Any chance of you coming out with an Android App??

  • Brenda spieles

    The Better Part is absolutley amazing. We use it to begin our prayer group.
    We all take turns reading a paragraph and then answer the 4 questions at the end. Everyone who gets this book can’t believe how good it is. If you’re looking for a book to help you reflect on the Gospels, this is it. Give it a try, you won’t be sorry. Use will small group study groups, very simple and full of wisdom.

  • David

    Is it possible to get “The Better Part” in an Android version?

    • Not yet. We don’t have the funds at the moment.

  • Corina

    I LOVE the Better Part and I am patiently waiting for an Android version. How much funding does it take to launch something like this?

    • Dear Regina ­ It would cost from 5-10k.

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