Be Not Troubled
A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade
by Jeffrey Kirby
Pub Date 26 Apr 2019
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For more than 250 years, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade has offered inspiration and spiritual balm for those plagued with doubt, anxiety, and fear. Motivated by his own life-changing encounter with this spiritual classic and the popular resurgence in practicing Christian mindfulness, bestselling author and retreat leader Rev. Jeffrey Kirby serves up six meditations, rooted in Caussade’s work, for today’s reader and presents them as a personal retreat. Perfect for anyone looking to renew their trust in God and live freely in the present moment, Be Not Troubled invites you to let go of what you can’t control and discover a place of deep serenity in God.
How does the contemporary person who is constantly forced to multitask, is fragmented and torn in different directions, and feels more connection through technology than through face-to-face interaction come to know and experience God’s presence?
In Be Not Troubled, Kirby draws on his decades of experience as a popular retreat leader and speaker to offer you the wisdom of Caussade distilled into a six-day personal retreat that equips you to embrace the present moment and shake fear from your mind—all by recognizing the power of God.
This process begins with time-tested tools drawn from the renowned spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence, which presents a series of influential spiritual reflections from Caussade, a beloved eighteenth-century French Jesuit.
In popularizing this classic for today’s readers, Be Not Troubledrejects a spirituality of fear and shame by introducing you to God as a loving provider who knows you and wills your happiness;guides you in personally surrendering your will to God—an essential step in developing deep faith;helps you see God in the details as you recognize ordinary moments as opportunities to experience God and his love for you; andinstructs you in embracing the sacrament of the present moment, dispelling doubt and anxiety from your life.
Practical steps, invitations to practice presence, and reflective prayers guide you through these spiritual habits, which are broken out into six days of brief, accessible meditations that can be completed in the midst of your daily life.
Rather than the future or the past, and rather than in cyberspace or somewhere else, God is found in this moment and in this place. The present moment can be lived and cherished as a sacrament, a visible sign of invisible graces. And it’s in this sacrament that we can most know ourselves and encounter the living God.
A Note From the Publisher
“Fr. Kirby shows himself to be a gentle but experienced spiritual director in the pages of Be Not Troubled. He guides the reader through the little-known but rich content of the French Jesuit Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, who preached the radical notion of truly abandoning ourselves to God’s will to find peace and joy. Packed with everyday wisdom and tips, Fr. Kirby's book reminds us of the many ways that God is with each us through all of life’s trials and tumult and that even in the midst of pain, suffering, and confusion, we can know God’s love and will for our lives.
Author of The Marian Option
“It hurts to admit it, but I wasted many years worrying about the future. Through the writings of Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, I discovered that my anxiety was caused by a failure to trust in God's providence. In Be Not Troubled, Fr. Jeff Kirby totally surprised me by presenting the teachings of Caussade in a fresh and practical way. This book is the perfect cure for troubled minds.”
Author of Give Up Worry for Lent
"Fr. Kirby has skillfully brought the spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence from the eighteenth century into the twenty-first. With examples from his own life and pastoral experiences, he shows how the daily events and challenges of our lives—far from being distractions—are in fact our way to holiness. He gives us a practical guide and workable resource to develop lives free from anxiety through confidence in God’s grace.”
Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B.
Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College
“I found this book to be powerful, profound, and very readable. I highly recommend it to all who want to live and learn the joys of surrendering to divine providence. Be Not Troubled walks the reader through a six-day journey towards this surrender. It is a perfect introduction to and application of Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s masterpiece, Abandonment to Divine Providence.”
Founder and president of Culture of Life Africa International human rights activist and author of Target Africa