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Book Recommendation for Lent

Dear Friends,

As we head towards Lent I have had a number of questions regarding a book I might recommend to those looking to experience a more meaningful Lent.

There is one that comes to mind that I believe will be transformational for anyone who is serious about the growing in prayer and the interior life:

St. Peter of Alcántara’s Finding God Through Meditation: I was deeply blessed to edit and update this translation of this great book. It is far too little known in the Church and an incredibly powerful work. St. St Peter of Alcantara Cover for blog PostPeter was a mystic and a favorite spiritual director of St. Teresa of Avila. As I was editing this text I was lifted to heaven more times than I can count. Another editor who worked on this project had the same experience. Though it is not a quick read, it has a depth that will resonate for years even after multiple re-readings.

Specifically with respect to Lent, St. Peter is an extraordinary guide to help us deepen our prayer life as he provides daily Lenten meditations that are perfectly suited to draw our hearts to the great sacrifice that Christ made for us on the Cross. The other benefit of purchasing this book is that you can follow along with our Divine Intimacy Radio Podcast as we have just begun exploring St. Peter’s wisdom on that show and will continue through the season of Lent. If you purchase and read this book with dedication, and use the meditations, you will have a Lent like no other.


Yours in Christ,


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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, and Divine Intimacy Radio, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. 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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  • BlueMit11

    This is a very practical, helpful book that has aided my meditation many times. I am especially grateful for St Peter’s emphasis on the need to feed your devotional life in order to perform acts of love for Christ, as well as his vivid descriptions of things like Christ’s passion and the final judgement.

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