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Why Take a Course When I Can Read the Book Myself?

June 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Classes, Dan Burke

Why take a course, spending your money and time on taking a course through the Avila Institute, when you can just read the books for yourself?

We understand why you would ask.

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Here’s a top five list we’ve put together after talking with a few students:

5. The chance to interact with top-notch professors.

Our professors have studied the material extensively. They are not only experts in their fields, but they are, more importantly, living that which they are teaching. There are things you learn when you interact with other people, and when those people are these sorts of professors, you only stand to benefit.

4. The other students.

The Avila Institute is filled with like-minded students who have a wide range of experience. It’s not easy to find people who are interested in this material apart from somewhere like Avila. In addition, the more faithful spiritual people you surround yourself with, the better.

3. We don’t know what we don’t know.

There’s plenty of information in all of the texts our professors use, especially the Bible and Catechism, which form the foundations for every class. We need someone who has more experience or expertise to help us learn what we don’t even know is out there. When we rely only on self-study, we can get tunnel vision and find ourselves limited.

2. Context is everything.

When you read books through a course at Avila, you will interact with professors and other students, but you’ll also be able to go back and reread the books and texts through the lens and context of what you have already learned.

1. You will grow closer to God in a personal relationship.

We’ve heard it from many students in all walks of life: the courses we offer don’t just change lives, they also transform souls.


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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, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, 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. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director 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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