Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Fresh Ways to Pray from Your Day

Many Christians report that the single most-important thing that they did that brought lasting spiritual transformation to their lives was adopting the rhythm of doing a daily examen. The examen is a simple exercise, taking as little as 10 minutes, but with a little honesty and commitment, can yield transformative results.

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A 500 year old practice which helps participants re-center one’s day on God, the examen comes from the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit movement.  As the title suggests, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen can reignite your desire to sustain this practice by introducing 34 themed examens.  Apart from the traditional examen, Mark Thibodeaux offers titles such as, “Hidden Inner Truths,” “Clinging? Avoiding? or Just Right?,” and “My Greatest Fear,” which help to orient the new practice in your existing spiritual life. Included, are instructions for an examen and tips that will make it easier to adopt this practice as a daily habit.

Note: this book can be a handy resource for spiritual directors and, for individuals, there’s a handy app that you can download to your phone for free (available for Apple/IOS and Android/Google Play). Search “Reimagining the Examen” at the App Store or Play Store. Or follow the link: Apple/IOS or Android/Google Play.