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Emerging from the Mess: Finding Hope in Life’s Storms


Brendan McManus SJ and Jim Deeds

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Emerging from the Mess: FInding Hope in Life’s Storms

Sometimes we forget that just at the darkest hour of night, the dawn will arrive again anew. Our world is not just one of uncertainty, drought, war, and death but also a place of growth and purification. We need to be open to learn about humility, compassion, and grace. Christ reveals our destiny – to be with the Light, breaking open the clouds of isolation.

Emerging from the Mess: FInding Hope in Life’s Storms is essentially the experience of how suffering and pain alternates with great joy and fulfilment. When we reach what we believe is the limit of our strength and endurance, we need to remember to hang on, to be patient and faithful in prayer. This book’s challenge is to live every day like a resurrection day. It is all about gratitude: to see the absolute giftedness of every moment, the wonder of every encounter, the silver lining on every cloud.

Brendan McManus SJ works as a Spiritual Director and retreat giver in Belfast. Jim Deeds is a poet and author and works in Pastoral Ministry with dioceses and groups across Ireland. This is the third book in the series, after the award-winning Finding God in the Mess: Meditations for Mindful Living and Deeper Into the Mess: Praying Through Tough Times. They have also together written Discover God Daily: Seven Life-Changing Moments from the Journey of St Ignatius.

Discover God Daily
Finding God in the Mess (Award-winning bestseller)
Deeper into the Mess

Other Brendan McManus SJ books published by Messenger Publications:

The Way to Manresa
Channelling the Inner Fire
Contemplating the Camino
Surviving Suicide Bereavement


Emerging from the Mess: Finding Hope in Life’s Storms

Modern lives can be very busy, saturated with technology and media.  However, it is the time out and the ability to look back and understand life events that bring about deeper, more satisfying living.

Meditation and mindfulness are very useful tools to help calm us in these stressful times. With mental health issues, specifically anxiety, on the rise, this book can show you how to meditate and ask for God’s help.

The spirituality of St Ignatius teaches us that God holds us close, loves us and desires the best for us. It is a solid foundation that we can build our lives on, an anchor in the storms of life, and it can bring us through even the darkest hours. These meditations can be used by individuals or parish groups as a daily prayer source and discussion topic. A perfect gift for someone inviting another to consider ‘God in all things”.

Find out more about prayerful meditation here.

210 x 140mm