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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. For forty years Catholic Christians have been turning and returning to this spiritual classic in which a Trappist monk speaks clearly and perceptively to the priest, religious, or layperson still "in the world.

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Aug 05, Wanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: catholic-reading-plan-mccloskey , , spiritual-reading. This is one of those books that speak directly to the soul.

Its probably more accurate to say it feeds the soul. I appreciated the outline of the book. This is followed by in-depth discussions of our relationship with Christ and the ways of becoming close to Christ: "Partnership with Christ", "Membership of Christ", "Seeking Christ through Humility This is one of those books that speak directly to the soul.

This is followed by in-depth discussions of our relationship with Christ and the ways of becoming close to Christ: "Partnership with Christ", "Membership of Christ", "Seeking Christ through Humility and Obedience", "Seeking Christ in Prayer", etc. Thus, the book feels very complete, yet each chapter can be read or re-read independently and make sense. The themes are typical of a spiritual book, and if you read a lot of spiritual works you probably won't find anything new in this book.

Nevertheless, I think most people will find it an enjoyable read, especially if they are mathematically minded and like things in a specific order. One of my favorite passages was from the chapter "The Will of God as the Food of Christ": "By doing the will of God then we are formed into Christ, we are 'digested' by Him, we are received into Him and transformed into Him, as the food is taken by the roots and transformed into the vine. The perfect union with Christ is to do the will of God for the love of God.

There is nothing higher than that. Therein lies all holiness and all happiness; therein lies all that we may ever become, all that we ever dreamed of being; for it renews us in Christ and unites us to Him who is our God and our all! And God in His loving ardor pleads with us, for love, for the love of our whole heart, and we turn away our ear, and drown the sound of His voice in the intoxication of pleasure, or of work, or of all or anything else, save the one thing necessary.

And yet we find no peace. We hurry from one thing to another; we exhaust our ingenuity in devising new amusements to capture our jaded fancy; we plunge deeper and deeper into the mire of self-satisfaction; and we are further away from peace than ever.

For our hearts are made for God, and they cannot rest til they rest in Him; He knows our hearts better than we do. And so in His love, like the Good Shepherd, He comes to seek us; He pursues us and He uses His providence to draw us away from all else, and to draw all else away from us, so that we may be driven to listen to His voice, and cast ourselves upon His Heart.

View 1 comment. A beautiful challenge Initially the book explains church teaching beginning with Genesis. As it continues, the author explores layers of surrendering oneself to Love, offering great wisdom and simple explanations on how to yield to this amazing God. I will re-read this often on my own spiritual journey to live through Him, with Him and in Him. May 21, Doreen Petersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: religion. Really loved this book! A great recommendation for all Catholics.

Written by M. Eugene Boylan, a Trappist Monk, around , "This Tremendous Lover" is actually a more timeless book than one might think. Human nature does not change from age to age and is not actually that long ago. Boylan clearly had practical experience in helping people look past their hectic lives in a c Everything Old Is New Again: Reviewing This Tremendous Lover This is one of the most practical, down to earth books I have ever read about living one's Catholic faith in everyday life.

Boylan clearly had practical experience in helping people look past their hectic lives in a culture often at odds with God. His insightful, accessible book gives straight forward advice on how to proceed toward holiness.

It is probably no surprise that Boylan always comes back to a few key points: knowing Jesus Christ in a personal relationship, turning away from pride, and embracing humility. He discusses seeking Christ through prayer, reading, in the sacraments, in conversation, and through our neighbor.

He delves deeply into what it means to be a member of the body of Christ. Because of its age, this book does have a few outdated assumptions that surface occasionally. For example, Boylan assumes that he must convince the ordinary person that their vocation is just as valid for seeking a deep experience with God as that of a priest or religious. That concept is one that we are all familiar with today, post-Vatican II, but at the time of original publication the point would have been very valid.

In the chapter about marriage and holiness, Boylan points out that the intimacies of married life are holy. Again, this is something that is nowadays taken to be a given and so might seem quaint as a reassurance. However, and this is an important point, even when the original assumption might seem old fashioned, Boylan's underlying theory remains sound.

If one agrees to set aside prejudice against an attitude that might not agree with the way everyone thinks today, then the reader will discover a wealth of truth lying just beneath the surface for the taking.

In continuing his discussion of married intimacies, Boylan says: Let us once and for all get rid too of the notion, so harmful to the spiritual life, so heretical in its origin, and so widespread today, that there is anything intrinsically wrong in pleasure as such. God forbid! God made pleasure; man made pain.

All pleasure that is not inordinate, no matter how intense it is, can be offered to God. What is lawfully done to one's neighbor or to one's self is done to Christ. It is only when pleasure becomes inordinate—that is contrary to the will of God—that it is wrong. And no one can live without some pleasure, just as no one can live without some food and some rest.

Love demands expression, and love is nourished by expression, and that is true even of the most spiritual love. And the love of a man for his wife is a unique love and demands a unique expression, and God has provided an unique expression for it and has attached intense pleasure to it. And God has gone further still. For He has arranged that by that very act of expressing their love for one another, husband and wife become partners with Him in the work of producing a new creature.

This is the solid advice of a good theologian and a practical man. Surely this would have been very reassuring to those who read it when it was originally published. Just as certainly, in modern times it is beautiful to read such an outright declaration of the purpose of marital love and fidelity. Time after time, Boylan gives practical advice that is elevated by a desire for his readers to find a deeper union with Christ.

It is a challenge for any of us to fully live our lives seeking to follow in Christ's footsteps and learning to love him. With M.

Eugene Boylan's help, we have a much better chance of finding the way with fewer missteps. Highest recommendation. I received this book from Aquinas and More Catholic Bookstore. Review originally ran at Happy Catholic. This is an exceptional book. It took me a while to get to to it, it felt almost like a text book at first.

But then, all of a sudden, it's beauty simply overtook me. This might be another book to have with me if I was stranded on a desert island along with I Believe In Love! This book explained the love of God and our human suffering in a way that makes me understand humanity, faith, and love like never before.

What God did to show us how much He loves us is truly "tremendous", and this book n This is an exceptional book. What God did to show us how much He loves us is truly "tremendous", and this book not only shows us this divine love, but inspires us to love in return.


This Tremendous Lover : The Beloved Spiritual Classic on God's Pursuit of the Soul

The author draws us into what he calls the love story of God and man. With rare clarity and consistency, he Dom Eugene Boylan, O. Ordained a priest in , he began writing on spiritual topics, and in the s he published two books, This Tremendous Lover and Difficulties in Mental Prayer, which became international bestsellers and were translated into many languages. In the late s he undertook an extensive lecture tour of the United States "This is the best retreat we ever had at Gethsemani," commented Thomas Merton after Boylan's visit there , and in he was elected the fourth abbot of Mount St. Joseph Abbey in Roscrea, Ireland.


This Tremendous Lover

Description Foreword Sample Page. This book is an attempt to outline that love story of God and man, which achieves its consummation in the unity of the whole Christ; and to show that the spiritual life is a partnership of love between God and man which can be summed up in one word: Christ. Can married couples become holy? Can anyone who is not a priest or a member of a religious institute reach the heights of mystical union with Christ? In this book, Dom Eugene Boylan, Trappist abbot and spiritual writer, shows how the faithful are invited into this intimate union with Him, regardless of their state in life. He explains how the doctrines of the Redemption and of the Mystical Body form us in holiness through our membership in His Church.


Post a Comment. I have been reading This Tremendous Lover by M. Eugene Boylan, O. This book was provided to me by Tiber River , which is a great book review site run by Aquinas and More online Catholic store. I am sunk in shame that I received this book so long ago and yet am only now truly reading it. Yet better late than never because this is a highly inspirational and grounding read. So much so that I am going to be sharing excerpts.

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