Journey with Jesus: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, By Larry Warner

Journey with Jesus

Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

by Larry Warner

Journey with Jesus
  • Length: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: August 02, 2010
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 3541
  • ISBN: 9780830835416

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In Journey with Jesus, spiritual director Larry Warner guides us through the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, similar to the way he's been leading people through them in person. Here's what he's observed: "The Spiritual Exercises helped people reconnect with Jesus and with themselves in life-giving ways. It was powerful."

Ignatius wanted to help everyone, no matter what age or stage of life, experience Jesus. Through prayers and Scripture readings that largely focus on the life of Christ, the Spiritual Exercises that have been so powerful and growth-inducing for so many, including Warner, can be a tool for transformation in you as well.

The exercises are designed to help you

  • encounter the person of Jesus
  • foster a deeper relational knowing of Jesus
  • cultivate a greater desire and freedom to say yes to Jesus

This book will guide you through Ignatius's traditional retreat approach as a nine-month journey which allows you to take these practices into the "real world" each day.

And you don't have to go on a retreat to do it. You can start now, and grow in Christlikeness right in the midst of your life.

Are you hungry for Jesus and ready to do something about it? Are you committed to a sticking with a sustained journey of growth and formation in Christ? Then this book is for you. Open these pages, and let Warner guide you on the journey toward deeper intimacy with Jesus.

"The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius is one of very few works produced by followers of Christ that reliably guides those who have seriously put their confidence in Christ onto a path where what we Christians endlessly talk about becomes the reality of daily existence. This is because Ignatius guides the disciple into experience of the things we talk about. The reality stands out in the details of what is experienced. But for most, trying to take the Exercises straight is like trying to board the airplane when it is already a hundred feet off the ground. Larry Warner's Journey with Jesus effectively brings the Exercises within reach of any disciple of Jesus ready to work with grace to turn life in the kingdom of the heavens with Jesus into their actual existence."

Dallas Willard, author of Renovation of the Heart

"This book needs a warning label: 'Caution--serious engagement with the practices, disciplines and techniques set forth in this book will be destructive to everything in your life that is not yet conformed to the image of Jesus.' Warner has provided an invaluable resource for any who desire to live in loving union with God and to live Christlike lives in the world. Here the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius have been made accessible to contemporary believers . . . in a manner that facilitates their use in any sincere desire to know God and live with Jesus."

Robert Mulholland, author of The Deeper Journey

"I have witnessed over the past years numerous students using these exercises to open their personal life to Jesus at a deep emotional level and experience the meaning of the gospel and the Scripture from the inside out. This is spiritual reading of the Word in its most meaningful sense. The reader will particularly benefit from Warner's spiritual advice that comes from years of experience with others on the journey in praying over the life of Christ."

John Coe, director, Institute for Spiritual Formation, Talbot School of Theology

"Contained in these pages is an experience of a lifetime, guided by a seasoned master who knows the Spiritual Exercises so well that they're his second language. Drink deeply and enjoy this adventure with Jesus."

Jan Johnson, spiritual director and author of Spiritual Disciplines Companion and Invitation to the Jesus Life

"Larry Warner brings the Exercises alive by providing the guidance, expertise and wisdom necessary to navigate the Exercises well. In both the practical and spiritual aspects of this volume, Larry leads you . . . before a God who, in the work of Christ, shows that his love is truly enough."

Kyle Strobel, cofounder of

"Larry Warner has done us a great service by translating a complex sixteenth-century retreat manual (The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius) into a highly usable format that brings alive this spiritual treasure. Warner makes it possible for twenty-first-century people to engage in the Ignatian exercises that lead one into a living relationship with Jesus. I am impressed that he has been able to remain true to the original nature of the exercises even while recasting them into a contemporary context. This is not the first attempt at updating the Exercises . . . but it is, to my mind, the best such effort."

Richard Peace, Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary

"A rich and valuable resource for spiritual formation, this work succeeds in presenting the Exercises as an attractive and effective 'curriculum for Christlikeness.' Warner has made an important contribution to the spiritual renewal sought by Christians today by making this time-honored means of spiritual transformation accessible to Christians of all denominations."

Wilkie W. Au, Journal of Spiritual Formation Soul Care, November 2011

"[Warner] mine[s] the riches of Catholic spirituality for readers of a non-Catholic persuasion."

Mark Galli, Christianity Today, October 2010

"In Journey with Jesus, Larry Warner has retrieved a five-hundred-year-old spiritual practice and revealed its practical significance for Christians of the twenty-first century. This insightful and reader-friendly presentation of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola is the product of more than ten years' experience. To follow his wisdom and experience in Journey with Jesus is to discover the transforming power of the life of Jesus."

Albert Haase, O.F.M., author of Coming Home to Your True Self



Part 1: Getting the Most Out of the Exercises
1. The Daily Elements of the Exercises
2. The Benefits of a Spiritual Director or Listener
3. Tips on How to Approach the Exercises

Part 2: Preparatory Exercises
1. The History of Preparatory Exercises
2. God?s Love
Section 1: God Loves You
Section 2: God Really Loves You
Section 3: God Really, Really Loves You
3. Principle and Foundation
Section 1: Created
Section 2: Praise
Section 3: Reverence
Section 4: Service
Section 5: Indifference

Part 3: The Spiritual Exercises
Week 1: Sin, Me and God?s Love
Week 2: Walking with Jesus
Week 3: Journey to the Cross
Week 4: Resurrection of Jesus

Part 4: Resources
Biography of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Ash Wednesday and Holy Week Exercises
Shorter Options for Journeying through the Exercises
For Spiritual Directors and Listeners
Using the Exercises with a Group
Reviewing Your Journey through the Exercises
About the Website



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Larry Warner

Larry Warner (M.A., theology) has trained in spiritual direction at Azusa Pacific University’s Graduate School and the University of San Diego. Warner is the founder and executive director of "b," an organization which journeys with pastors, missionaries, seminarians, and churches who yearn for greater intimacy with God by designing and providing spiritual formation experiences. Warner is an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary in San Diego and teaches for the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot Seminary. He is also the author of Imaginative Prayer in Youth Ministry.