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In Conversation With God: Book Recommendation

In Conversation with God:
Book Recommendation
from Father Michael Najim

 

Father Michael Najim recommends the tool of daily spiritual reading as a wonderful thing to incorporate into your daily spiritual plan of life.  Reading a good spiritual book helps stoke the fire of God's love in your heart, even if it is just ten or fifteen minutes a day.  It helps to deepen our relationship with the Lord.  We also grow in knowledge and faith when we read the spiritual masters and the Doctors of the Church.

The meditation book set mentioned by Fr. Najim is called “In Conversation with God” (7 volume set) by Father Francis Fernández Carvajal, an author who we recommend and who has been listed in our resources section here on site in the past. If you are interested in it but would like to obtain the books individually, you can also do so by clicking on these titles:

Volume 1 (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)

Volume 2 (Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide)

Volume 3 (Ordinary Time Weeks 1-12)

Volume 4 (Ordinary Time Weeks 13-23)

Volume 5 (Ordinary Time Weeks 24-34)

Volume 6 (Special Feasts January-June)

Volume 7 (Special Feasts July-December)

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Art: The video for this post on “In Conversation with God” was originally published on Fr. Najim's former blog in 2012. We are using it here, with thanks, courtesy of Fr. Michael Najim and also with his permission.

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About Fr. Michael Najim

Fr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Westerly, Rhode Island and has been the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and Chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters to Seminarians, published by the Institute for Priestly Formation. He also blogs at Fr. Michael Najim's Blog.

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  • Patricia

    In Conversation with God books are often available to read in Adoration Chapels or in Parish/ Diocese Libraries.

  • DianeVa

    Thanks Fr Najim and Dan for posting this! The In Conversation With God (ICWG) volumes are AWESOME and worth every penny to have your own set. I started out with the Lent/Eastertide volume and immediately knew they were priceless. Over time I purchased each volume. They gave me the spiritual direction I was not getting in person. Mine are all marked up with highlights and exclamation points everywhere. A real witness to my journey! A friend recently asked if she could borrow mine to see what they were like and when I opened them up I realized how marked up they were with personal notes! Humbly, I guess I will let her see my notes and she can see how weak I am! Now I am blessed to have a personal spiritual director and these books! They are a great starting point for the laity! I would recommend the daily scripture reading followed by the reflection for that day from ICWG. For me this practice would immediately take me into meditation and often deeper contemplation. Like St Teresa I have found I need some form of spiritual reading to move me to deeper prayer. I have also obtained in the last 2-3 yrs “Divine Intimacy”(DI) which serves a similar purpose yet (to me) is for souls who perhaps are more “intermediate and advanced” in their spiritual lives since DI is focused more toward the consecrated soul of which the laity is also called to become in their vocation as single or married laity. Both are wonderful spiritual treasures!

  • Pete Kizer

    I have been reading In Conversation with GOD for something over two years (I’ve seen some volumes three times, some only two). I got started on this journey thanks to a childhood friend (my child, not his) who has been a priest “forever.” It has made a huge difference (Fr Jack, who got me started, has made all the difference in my spiritual life).

  • frtrue75@att.net

    I am taken with the enthusiasm of the reviews of Fr. Najim’s book. My question is, in terms of growing one’s spiritual life, how do these Conversations with God, add or broaden the spiritual gifts offered through the Liturgy of the Hours? Please don’t interpret my question as a negative one about Conservations with God. Thanks
    Donald True

    • LizEst

      Hi Donald – I, too, am taken with the enthusiasm of the reviews of Fr. Fernandez’ books (they are his not Fr Najim’s).

      That Fr. Najim would state it helps him with his own relationship with the Lord is high praise indeed, since he is already praying the Liturgy of the Hours (priests are required to do so). So, I think they definitely add to and expand on the Liturgy of the Hours. I don’t have these yet…but will probably get them in the future.

      Hope that helps. Blessed Holy Week and Easter to you! God bless you!

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