Experiencing God in the Ordinary

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-5033-0

God’s presence is not “out there” but right here.

We tend to look for God in dramatic or miraculous moments, but such expectations can blind us to God's ongoing presence. What if God is already with us, in the life we have this moment? When we experience ordinary but meaningful events, such as our first love or a favorite novel, we are in fact encountering God's presence. As we learn to notice spiritual movement within and around us, we can recognize the many facets of God's love that touch us daily.

“As a priest and spiritual director of many decades, my driving desire is for people to experience God's limitless love for them and to recognize it when it emerges in what they consider just ordinary life happenings and conversations.”

—William A. Barry, SJ

Whether we are in pain or crisis, questioning if we are really worthy of God's attention, or are simply wondering why God would be in the mundane details of our lives, Experiencing God in the Ordinary can nurture our hope—that God is always present and can be found in an ordinary day. Complete with personal stories and various suggestions for prayer and meditation, this book is perfect for devotional reading, retreat, or small-group discussion.


“Thoughtful, insightful, inspiring, Experiencing God in the Ordinary is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to church and seminary Contemporary Catholicism collections.” (Midwest Book Review, June 2020)

Author Bio

William Barry, SJ

William A. Barry, SJ, was a veteran spiritual director who served as tertian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. He died in December of 2020, leaving a legacy that will long influence spiritual directors and seekers.

2021 International Book Awards, Finalist, spirituality: Inspirational

2021 Illumination Book Awards, Silver Medal: Theology

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06/17/2020 10:44 am

Prayer life stalled out?

by Tom -

I began reading this most helpful book as the sheltering-in-place first began and I read a few pages a day to help me awaken to the presence of God right here and right now. Barry is a master at saying just the right thing to help me see anew the many ways God is present in my life. Great book for anyone feeling their prayer life has become stale.

07/06/2020 12:29 pm

Excellent book!

by Maire

Great book, lets us look at the everyday with a refreshed inner vision. Lets us become aware of and appreciate and experience God in the everyday, non-momentous experiences of our daily lives.