Having spent a lot of time among Jesuits, I’m fascinated by Ignatian Spirituality. I’ve also followed Vanita’s writings on the Loyala Press website. This is why I jumped at the chance to read and review her book – Small Simple Ways
Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living
In Small Simple Ways, and retreat leader Vinita Hampton Wright offers her trademark compassion and encouragement to lift readers up and help propel them forward. This book covers 52 weeks (Monday through Sunday) structured into four-week sections focusing on a principle of spiritual growth as taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola, including God in All Things, Spiritual Freedom, Imagination, and Reflection. Each day connects the general focus with a specific aspect or action of healthy spiritual life such as Compassion, Discernment, Generosity, Gratitude, and Integrity. Sundays are reserved as a day for resting our hearts in God.
Through practice and repetition of these basic thoughts and actions that build upon themselves over the course of a year, Small Simple Ways will help you step into your future with good, healthy spiritual habits.
Vinita Hampton Wright is a Loyola Press editor and the author of many books, including Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, and Dwelling Places. She leads workshops and retreats on writing, creative process, and prayer.
My review – 4/5
In keeping with the philosophy of St Ignatius’ spiritual exercises that practicing them regularly will help us grow, the author has set out practical ways in which we nurture spiritual habits. I loved how practical the book is and so devoid of high flown language. The short prayers are simple and meaningful. I’m definitely going to use this book for reflection and growth.
I received an advance digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.