2021 Association of Catholic Publishers first place award in inspirational
2021 Catholic Media Association Award second place award in popular studies
Words of Scripture. Symbols of faith. Do you ever wonder what they really have to do with you? Can they truly help to interpret human experiences and change hearts? Does the metaphor of life as a journey make sense to you? Mark A. Villano's latest book offers a path into questions like these. Delve into the spiritual insights that have guided human beings for millennia in order to better appreciate the significance and power they hold. Discover more about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, who meets us where we are and guides us along the diverse spiritual landscapes of life. The invitations of grace are all around us. We're all called to participate in the life-changing mystery of Christ.
Consider this book as a daily "retreat," an invitation to let go of the noise around us and to simply listen. See it as a travelling companion on the most important journey of our lives.
Mark A. Villano, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, studied theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He has ministered at parishes and campus ministry centers across the country, including those at the University of Texas, Ohio State University, and Yale. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Since then he has served as a university administrator and instructor, teaching courses in religion, philosophy, and media studies. Currently, he is director of outreach at the University Catholic Center at UCLA.
"This gem of a book challenges us in the spiritual journey to live at the depths—the core of our being. Father Mark, one who knows the human psyche well, leads us to mystical reflections by delving into the Scriptures and applying them to our spiritual life with contemporary examples and fresh insight. He's a gentle guide posing poignant questions that immerse the reader in a personal examen of one's life with God. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, this book probes, contemplates, and encourages all at the same time!"
Nancy Usselmann, FSP, author of A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics
“Journey to Jerusalem is code for encounter with your own experience of Jesus. This book is for any soul on the journey who wants to walk side-by-side with those who have traveled this road ahead of us. Scripture is personal revelation. We can trust these sacred texts as credentialed guides.”
Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, author of Renouncing Violence: Practice from the Monastic Tradition
“A beautiful invitation to seek Jesus as your companion along your own spiritual path.”
Catholic Media Association
"The Bible is steeped in meaning drawn from reflection on people, landscapes, events, and the full range of human experiences. In this everyday span of life, God's presence is detected. That is the convincing rationale for Fr. Mark Villano's attractive book of spiritual reflections that take their inspiration from the deep wellspring of biblical imagery. Accessible and inspiring, here is rich spiritual reading open to all."
Donald Senior, CP, President Emeritus of Catholic Theological Union
"By the end of the journey in reading this book, my soul was awakened with fresh Easter hope. Journey to Jerusalem is a rich resource for personal prayer. I know preachers, teachers, spiritual directors and retreatants will also savor these reflections."
Richard Leonard, SJ, author of What Does It All Mean? A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful, and Loving
"Mark A. Villano has the extraordinary talent of writing in a way that captures the interest of those who desire to move closer to Christ. Journey to Jerusalem uses Scripture, personal stories, and reflections to help us prepare to meet the Lord with resurrected faith. Are you looking for a fuller, deeper life? Let this book be your companion."
Ron Rolheiser, OMI, author of Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
"Villano has creatively crafted an enriching and nourishing companion. Journey to Jerusalem is both practical and inspiring. It is an invaluable resource for individual readers, ministry leaders, parish groups, teachers, catechists, young adults, clergy and more."
Edith Prendergast, RSC, author of Grace Abounds: A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith
"Are you seeking a spiritual wake-up call or a deeper connection to the Divine? Journey to Jerusalem: Steps on the Road to Your Soul by Mark A. Villano is an elegantly crafted invitation to seek the accompaniment of Jesus Christ along your own spiritual path. Challenging in all of the right ways, this spiritual tool is perfect for your Lenten devotional time or any moment where you desire forward momentum in your prayer life."
Lisa M. Hendey, author of I Am God's Storyteller