Books by Father Jacques Philippe for Spiritual Reading


Father Jacques Philippe’s books on themes such as prayer, interior freedom, and peace of heart have become classics of modern Catholic spirituality. Fr. Philippe has sold over one million copies of his books in 24 languages. Ideal companions to prayer, these books are widely recommended spiritual reading for people who want to develop their interior life of prayer. Check out the full collection from Fr. Jacques Philippe available at Scepter and keep reading for a snapshot of what to expect from his books.

Time for God

Many people today are thirsty for God and feel a desire for a personal prayer life, but they encounter obstacles that prevent them from following the path seriously and with perseverance. Time for God was written with these desires and difficulties in mind. Philippe draws on years of experience as a spiritual guide to illuminate the fundamental principles of mental prayer and common mistakes that can lead it astray. With simplicity and clarity, he gives advice for overcoming obstacles that arise on the path of interior prayer. Now with a built in prayer and study guide!

Thirsting for Prayer

In this follow up to Time for God, Fr. Phillipe revisits some of the themes covered in that book and develops new insights that are both profound and practical. This book of reflections is a simple guide on the path to intimacy with God, helping with the development of an actual taste for personal prayer. This "school of prayer" opens us up to the encounter with God that transforms us from within.

Interior Freedom

It's not always possible to control external events. It is possible, though, to gain more control over our interior life. In Interior Freedom, Fr. Phillipe shows us that we possess a space of freedom inside of us that no one can take away. Despite the most unfavorable outward circumstances, we can claim our freedom because God is its source and its guarantee. Without this, we will always be in search of something else to fulfill us, and we will never understand true happiness.

Called to Life

How do I find fulfillment in life? How do I obtain happiness? Despite a multitude of self-help books in recent years, these eternal questions have become increasingly urgent in today’s directionless world. In his new Christian self-help book, Called to Life, Fr. Jacques Philippe explains that a complete and fulfilled life is much more assured when we stop trying to chart our own course and realize that we are essentially creatures called by God. These calls take place in the events of life, the Word of God in Scripture, and interior motions of the Holy Spirit. Learning to recognize and follow these calls is what leads to a happy and full life.

Real Mercy

In Real Mercy, Father Jacques Philippe turns his focus on mercy in this book that developed from talks given on the first three days of the Year of Mercy, beginning December 8, 2015.

“Many have already benefited from Fr. Jacques Philippe’s writings on the spiritual life - and with good reason. His books offer clear, yet profound, reflections on important themes like: how to pray better, how to experience true freedom, how to handle suffering, and how to discern God’s will. I highly recommend these books to anyone seeking sound spiritual guidance along the path of prayer.”  – Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR

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