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Uncover mysterious and mystical insights from the belly of a whale
The book of the prophet Jonah is only two pages long. And yet, around this small book, high waves of controversy and mystery have swirled for centuries. In A Journey with Jonah: The Spirituality of Bewilderment, Fr. Paul Murray strives to uncover the great lesson of this story.
A JOURNEY with JONAH:
The Spirituality of Bewilderment
A JOURNEY with JONAH:
The Spirituality of Bewilderment
By Paul Murray, OP
By Paul Murray, OP
Published by the Word on Fire Institute
Published by the Word on Fire Institute
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ABOUT the BOOK

Jonah is the only ancient prophet with whom Jesus identifies in the Gospels. But when we turn to read the book of Jonah itself, we discover that this so-called “book” is only two pages long—and that Jonah’s prophesying is limited to one short sentence. And yet, around this small book, as if it were around Jonah’s own troubled ship, high waves of controversy and mystery have swirled for centuries.

In A Journey with Jonah: The Spirituality of Bewilderment, Fr. Paul Murray strives to uncover the great lesson of this story. Following Fr. Murray’s exploration is a 2003 lectio divina on Jonah by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—published here in English for the first time.

TABLE of CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Obedience to the Word: The Lesson of the Wild Storm

Chapter 2 - In the Belly of Paradox: The Lesson of the Great Whale

Chapter 3 - Compassion without Limit: The Lesson of the Wondrous Plan

Afterword - God Took Pity by Joseph Ratzinger

The Book of Jonah

WHAT PEOPLE are SAYING

“Like the book of Jonah itself, Fr. Paul Murray’s A Journey with Jonah is both terse and profound. In three short chapters Murray masterfully shows his reader—with colorful commentary from Augustine, Buber, Mankowitz, Melville, Merton, and Teresa of Avila—that the conversion of Jonah precedes the conversion of the Gentiles of Nineveh to whom he was preaching, an absolutely essential reminder to anyone working on the frontlines of evangelization that you can’t give what you haven’t first received. A Journey with Jonah is the perfect book for a post-COVID Church, as Fr. Murray inspires us to get out and get moving again in the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Fr. Damian J. Ference, Vicar for Evangelization in the Diocese of Cleveland, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Borromeo Seminary

“Can you write a lucid guide to bewilderment? Fr. Paul Murray has done so, explaining Jonah with a wide range of references, psychological and spiritual insight, and clarity.”

Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Senior Rabbi

“We are so familiar with Jonah’s story that we forget how much truth is there to learn. Paul Murray reacquaints us with this wayward prophet by drawing on literature, art, and commentators from across the Church and from the Jewish tradition. Reading this ‘parable of mercy’ with these myriad lenses, Murray highlights the reader’s participation in this story—that we might become both more merciful toward others and more aware of our vast need of mercy ourselves.”

Jessica Hooten Wilson, Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence, University of Dallas

“Fr. Paul Murray’s compelling meditations on the book of Jonah bring to life the depth, beauty, and humor of this extraordinary and brief sacred text. Drawing on an amazing diversity of sources, Murray opens to the reader a stunning array of theological, psychological, and spiritual insights that Jonah has provoked throughout the centuries in authors and artists from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Far more than a biblical commentary, A Journey with Jonah is a spiritually colorful and visceral exploration of the human flight from God’s severe mercy—a mercy that ultimately triumphs in Jesus Christ.”

Tom Neal, Professor of Spiritual Theology, Notre Dame Seminary

WHAT PEOPLE are SAYING

“Like the book of Jonah itself, Fr. Paul Murray’s A Journey with Jonah is both terse and profound. In three short chapters Murray masterfully shows his reader—with colorful commentary from Augustine, Buber, Mankowitz, Melville, Merton, and Teresa of Avila—that the conversion of Jonah precedes the conversion of the Gentiles of Nineveh to whom he was preaching, an absolutely essential reminder to anyone working on the frontlines of evangelization that you can’t give what you haven’t first received. A Journey with Jonah is the perfect book for a post-COVID Church, as Fr. Murray inspires us to get out and get moving again in the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Fr. Damian J. Ference, Vicar for Evangelization in the Diocese of Cleveland, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Borromeo Seminary

“Can you write a lucid guide to bewilderment? Fr. Paul Murray has done so, explaining Jonah with a wide range of references, psychological and spiritual insight, and clarity.”

Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Senior Rabbi

“We are so familiar with Jonah’s story that we forget how much truth is there to learn. Paul Murray reacquaints us with this wayward prophet by drawing on literature, art, and commentators from across the Church and from the Jewish tradition. Reading this ‘parable of mercy’ with these myriad lenses, Murray highlights the reader’s participation in this story—that we might become both more merciful toward others and more aware of our vast need of mercy ourselves.”

Jessica Hooten Wilson, Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence, University of Dallas

“Fr. Paul Murray’s compelling meditations on the book of Jonah bring to life the depth, beauty, and humor of this extraordinary and brief sacred text. Drawing on an amazing diversity of sources, Murray opens to the reader a stunning array of theological, psychological, and spiritual insights that Jonah has provoked throughout the centuries in authors and artists from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Far more than a biblical commentary, A Journey with Jonah is a spiritually colorful and visceral exploration of the human flight from God’s severe mercy—a mercy that ultimately triumphs in Jesus Christ.”

Tom Neal, Professor of Spiritual Theology, Notre Dame Seminary

ABOUT the AUTHOR

Paul Murray, OP
Fr. Paul Murray, OP, an Irish Dominican friar, lives in Rome where
he teaches courses at the Angelicum University on the literature of the Western mystical tradition. He is a Fellow of the Word on Fire Institute and has published many books, including Saint Catherine of Siena: Mystic of Fire, Preacher of Freedom; Scars: Essays, Poems, and Meditations on Affliction; and Aquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism, and Poetry.
Fr. Paul Murray, OP, an Irish Dominican friar, lives in Rome where he teaches courses at the Angelicum University on the literature of the Western mystical tradition. He is a Fellow of the Word on Fire Institute and has published many books, including Saint Catherine of Siena: Mystic of Fire, Preacher of Freedom; Scars: Essays, Poems, and Meditations on Affliction; and Aquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism, and Poetry.
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