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A Soul-Centered Life

Exploring an Animated Spirituality

Michael Demkovich, OP

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A  Soul-Centered Life

ISBN: 9780814655122, 5512

Details: 152 pgs, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 04/01/2010
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People today are searching for meaning and purpose. They know that something is missing in their lives and long to fill this void. Many books on spirituality attempt to fill this need, and the approaches are nearly as numerous as the searchers themselves. Such a widespread desire in the human heart speaks to the spiritual hunger at the core of each one of us. It is this hunger of both the head and the heart that Michael Demkovich sees as key to spiritual integration. In this volume readers will rediscover that "there really is something more to life, and spirituality meets the mystery of this something more." A genuine spirituality must address two essential characteristics:

  • It cannot be meant for an elite few, yet it must answer life's toughest and most basic questions: How did we get here? What are we destined to become?
  • It recognizes the crucial role of religious tradition and community; it is not merely eclectic and individualized therapy, focused only on "my" well-being.

Retrieving a theological understanding of the soul, Demkovich explores an animating spirituality that integrates faith and life, the moral and the intellectual, into an animated spirituality that makes life meaningful and satisfying. "If you find something is missing in the very soul of your being, then I am certain that this book has something for you."

Michael Demkovich, OP, is the Gerald Vann Visiting Lecturer in Catholic Thought and Life at Blackfriars, Oxford. He is the founding director of the Dominican Ecclesial Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and holds his doctorate from the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He is the author of various articles and Introducing Meister Eckhart (Ligouri, 2006).

ISBN: 9780814655122, 5512

Details: 152 pgs, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 04/01/2010


For all those seeking integration between doctrine and life, Demkovich's soul-centered spirituality provides a key. Spirituality animates doctrine, which in turn gives meaning to life. An animating spirituality requires religious commitment to beliefs and a community that embodies them. At a time when spiritualities proliferate, and we may not know which way to turn, Demkovich's approach is both grounded and life-giving.
Donald Goergen, OP, St. Dominic Priory, St. Louis, Missouri, Author of Sexual Celibate and Fire of Love: Encountering the Holy Spirit

People often declare, `I'm spiritual but not religious.' Yet as Michael Demkovich so convincingly argues in his wise and erudite new book, A Soul-Centered Life, spirituality not grounded in religious community nor firmly tethered to solid doctrine fails to deliver, for ultimately it cannot address the great questions of life. Packed to overflowing with theological and historical riches, Demkovich's book takes its stand against private, self-pleasing spiritualities and points the way toward a fully integrated, deeply meaningful, intellectually satisfying Christian life.
Paula Huston, Author of Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving