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Renowned scholar Susan Muto presents her spiritual legacy with a rich introduction to thirty Christian masters. These voices from the ancient, medieval, and modern Church have been the focus of Muto’s work for more than forty years and the trusted guides of her own spiritual life. Masters such as Benedict of Nursia, Clare of Assisi, Thomas Merton, and Teresa of Avila will help answer your most pressing spiritual questions and satisfy the deepest cravings of your heart.
From the simplicity and solitude of the desert mystics and other ancient masters to the practicality and prayerfulness of medieval saints such as Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena to the relatable sensibilities of modern masters such as Evelyn Underhill and Thomas Merton, Muto—executive director of the Epiphany Association and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality—draws deeply from the well of the Christian spiritual tradition to address some of our most pressing spiritual hungers:
* The Desert Fathers teach us how to hear God above the noise of everyday life.
* Augustine of Hippo acknowledges the restlessness that precedes spiritual growth.
* Julian of Norwich reflects on the universality and purpose of suffering.
* Jean-Pierre de Caussade explores what it means to have a heart fully surrendered to God.
* Thérѐse of Lisieux shares her little way of spiritual childhood.
In each chapter, Muto introduces a spiritual master who she finds helpful in meeting a particular condition or challenge commonly faced in the Christian life and places that master within the historical and spiritual contexts of their time. Muto then introduces a classic work associated with that master, identifying key themes or principles to apply to your own life. Each chapter concludes with reflection questions to ponder individually or discuss in a group setting.
Rich yet accessible, this book will fortify your soul with time-tested spiritual insight and practical wisdom so you can enter more deeply into the mystery of spiritual union with God.
A Note From the Publisher
“This is a treasure trove of deep spiritual truths introducing some of the most important figures who shaped Christian spirituality.”
From the foreword by Haley Stewart
Catholic blogger, podcaster, and author of The Grace of Enough
“A Feast for Hungry Souls is an outstanding read for any Catholic longing to get closer to Jesus. It contains a banquet of wisdom gleaned from the lives and writings of thirty of the greatest spiritual masters of the Church. Making careful introductions to the reader, Muto selects choice tidbits from the writings of each one, teaching you how to implement their timeless practices and delve deeper in your relationship with Christ by following their practical advice. If you want to experience friendship with Christ and to pray more fully, pick up a copy of this book!”
Coauthor of Divine Mercy for Moms and The Friendship Project
“Only the saints and spiritual masters are our true guides in sustaining a Christian spiritual life. To prayerfully read this gift from Susan Muto is to be ushered into the deepest waters of Christian prayer and thought, a depth, meant to refresh all, as there is no elite when it comes to the call to holiness.”
Deacon James Keating
Director of Theological Formation
Institute for Priestly Formation
“What you are holding in your hands is a tour de force, an exquisite offering of Christian spiritual thought and exploration from the earliest Church Fathers, through the great mystics of the Church, both male and female, right up to the twentieth-century minds that have informed and enriched our faith. Their dogged pursuit of truth, love, mercy, and justice is revealed in their encounters with the Christ who is all of those things, ever-new, ever challenging. Rarely has a book been so perfectly titled as Susan Muto’s A Feast for Hungry Souls: a smorgasboard of wisdom, instruction, and inspiration from which we are invited to feed, whether we are looking for a mere morsel or a full meal. This book is a banquet, and it should be included in the library of any Catholic who is intent on deepening their relationship to Christ Jesus.”
Editor-at-large at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
“While there are a number of introductions to the Christian spiritual masters, none are quite so accessible, informative, or helpful as Susan Muto’s A Feast for Hungry Souls. Resisting the urge to reduce the great figures of Christian spirituality to a series of cliches, Muto devotedly dives into the nuances of a wide range of spiritual masters from early Christianity through today. A Feast for Hungry Souls is that rare book accessible enough for parish study while also possessing a bibliography rich enough to serve as the basis of an undergraduate or graduate textbook on spirituality.”
Timothy P. O’Malley
Director of Education for the McGrath Institute for Church Life
University of Notre Dame
“As a lifelong student and teacher of the spiritual life, I have often been asked, ‘What does someone who lived centuries ago have to say to me about how to live life in the twenty-first century?’ Susan Muto answers that question. She has a unique ability to astutely name the ‘soul sicknesses’ of contemporary life and provide a spiritual antidote through wisdom gained through the experiences of ancient, medieval, and modern spiritual masters. This book is filled with insight, practical advice, and probing questions that will help readers grow in wholeness and holiness at every stage of the spiritual journey.”
Patricia Cooney Hathaway
Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary