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July 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Donate, Into the Deep, Prayer, Prayer Life

I have exciting news.

Not too long ago I agreed to write a book for Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic on prayer. I was hesitant because I didn’t know if could write it in the style he requested. He wanted something that would help God’s people at the beginning stages of mental prayer when it is most difficult and when most people tend to give up.

He also wanted the book to encourage, inspire, and give them the tools they needed to both begin a habit of mental prayer and continue on the path of prayer in a way that opened them up to an ever-deepening relationship with Him. Before I continue, I thought I would share Matthew’s words of encouragement to those who purchase the book:

Prayer is difficult, joyful, challenging, and life-changing. The journey into prayer, into the heart of God, is the reason we were made; it is the reason God brought us into existence.

You have a defining moment before you on this journey. What you are about to read is clear, powerful, and applicable to every Catholic who knows that there is something more to life; every Catholic whose heart yearns for something more; every Catholic who wants to know God better.

This defining moment exists because God has brought this book to you. He is reaching out to you again, seeking to draw you near. If you answer the call with all that you are, God will match your commitment and he will not only meet you where you are, he will take you to a place that you never knew existed, a place where two hearts—God’s and yours—beat as one.

This place, this journey, this battle is worth every ounce of effort you can give it. It is worth everything you own, everything you as­pire to be, everything you are. If you lean in, persevere, and embrace this journey, you will know the life that Jesus has promised, a life of peace and joy that cannot be taken away by the trials of this life.

Lean in, persevere, learn, practice, fight, embrace, rejoice—God is with you on this journey of prayer.

Matthew Kelly


In contrast to how I normally feel about my writing, this book has had a different effect on me.

When I completed the book, I had a very strong sense that it would be used to help a significant number of His people to draw near to Him. This book is also different because I don’t know of a book like it – one that is rooted in the rich tradition of the Church but that IntoTheDeepCover600widthpresents these truths in a way that is accessible to anyone, regardless of their starting point.

Another accomplishment of the book, I think, is that it will not only help those who are new to mental prayer, but it will also help both those who have fallen in and out of a habit mental prayer and those who are looking to take their prayer journey to a new level.

As you can see, the title of the book, selected by Matthew’s team, is “Into the Deep – Finding Peace Through Prayer.” This title is the same name we now use for our new parish events!

For a suggested donation of $30, you will receive a signed, hard cover copy of Into the Deep – Finding Peace Through Prayer as soon as they arrive from the printer.


With the proceeds from Into the Deep, I would like to set into motion the elements needed to eventually open a physical location in which people from around the world can gather. The location, God willing, will house the Avila Institute, a retreat center, and allow us to provide spiritual direction formation. It will also have a chapel, classrooms and an area for 24-hour adoration.


Will you join us on this great adventure to follow Christ’s call for us to venture out into the deep?

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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  • Connie Rossini

    Looks fantastic! I agree that this is an area where there are very few books that are both orthodox and presented for the absolute beginner. Most beginner books fail to challenge or present the goal, giving the impression that a few minutes of mental prayer every day is all there is.

  • JohnC

    My copy is ordered and I am really looking forward to reading it. I have just connected with my first true spiritual director and this book will be a great blessing to help me work with him and the Holy Spirit.

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