Seeing with the Heart

A Guide to Navigating Life's Adventures

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-5529-8
Paperback | 160 pages

“Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

The Little Prince

Respected Jesuit educator and spiritual director Kevin O’Brien invites you to recognize the opportunities to uncover your meaning and purpose as you navigate the turbulent river of life. Seeing with the Heart is a tour de force that weaves together the author’s personal experiences, the 16th-century wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and the insights of sages, poets, artists, and storytellers through the ages. O’Brien reveals how we can realize our potential by embracing our struggles with courage, our questions with curiosity, and our destiny with boldness as we tap into our deepest desires and live lives of authenticity.

Journeying through this book, with its inspiring prose and practical spiritual exercises, will cause a dramatic shift in your perspective. Your day-to-day life will be transformed by a better understanding of who you are and what you are called to be, as well as by a closer relationship with God and others. As O’Brien writes, “If we persist on the journey, with its signposts in the form of questions, we might discover something remarkable: this God whom we seek and question is actually seeking us more.”

What do you seek? Seeing with the Heart will help you discover the answer.


When I first read Seeing with the Heart: A Guide to Navigating Life’s Adventures, I was deeply consoled to read the distilled wisdom of a master teacher in Ignatian spirituality with a fresh voice. I was not surprised to learn that this book is, in large part, the fruit of many years of teaching about Ignatian spirituality to undergraduates at St. Joseph's University and Georgetown. Fr. Kevin O’Brien deftly weaves together stories from his life and family, his Jesuit formation, and his extensive pastoral experience—along with the wisdom of Pope Francis and other spiritual guides—to illuminate the essence of Ignatian spirituality. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God with the help of Ignatian spirituality. — Very Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J., President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States

Author Bio

Kevin O'Brien, SJ

Kevin O'Brien, SJ, is a former lawyer who became a Jesuit nearly 25 years ago. He regularly conducts spiritual retreats for the young and old alike. An experienced high school teacher and college professor, he is the author of The Ignatian Adventure.

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02/15/2023 4:20 pm

I love this book!

by CATHY -

I will not do justice to this wonderful book, but I am going to try. This book has opened my heart. It has given me a way to find a sanctuary, when times are tough. I didn’t even know that I needed this book, but it has given a fuller way of seeing my life (and living it)! This is one book I will keep on my bookshelf and review often!

06/22/2023 11:48 am

Beautifully written, a must-read for all!

by Chris Y

Father O’Brien’s book is an inspiring and insightful look into spirituality and humanity, and one that will meet you wherever you are in your life’s journey. Father O’Brien’s writing style has a wonderful way of bringing in the reader through personal anecdotes and stories, and encourages growth through various discussions and reflections on the human experience. The book is also very practical with exercises at the end of each chapter that can be incorporated into your own life to reinforce the many themes covered throughout. It is truly a must-read!