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Here are some of the books I've written on the spiritual life. Links to relevant publishers can be found at the bottom of this page.
BECOMING THE PRESENCE OF GOD: CONTEMPLATIVE MINISTRY FOR EVERYBODY
Wherever we find ourselves on the spiritual map, Becoming the Presence of God encourages us to become contemplatives in the world at large.
'An inspiring read and well worth taking time to explore' (Chris McDonnell, The Catholic Times).
'What comes across clearly in Michael Ford's writing is his sensitivity and awareness of human weakness and our woundedness. Impressive and inspirational' (Anthony Redmond, The Irish Catholic).
'I found this book to be full of honesty, gentleness, compassion, love and hope' (Fr Raymond Tomkinson, Amazon).
WOUNDED PROPHET: A PORTRAIT OF HENRI J. M. NOUWEN
The ‘inside story’ of one of the world’s most popular spiritual guides
First Prize for History/Biography in Catholic Press Association 2000 book awards
‘This biography, both honest and lovingly appreciative, is as much a spiritual book as those Nouwen wrote.’ (The Way)
ETERNAL SEASONS: A LITURGICAL JOURNEY WITH HENRI J. M. NOUWEN
From Advent to Remembrance, a through-the-church-year anthology
Catholic Press Association 2005 book award winner
‘An ideal introduction for a whole new generation of Christian readers to Nouwen’s thoughts and insights’ (John Taylor, The Midwest Book Review)
THE DANCE OF LIFE: SPIRITUAL DIRECTION WITH HENRI NOUWEN
An anthology to guide you through the emotional ups and downs of everyday living
‘My church used The Dance of Life as a basis for an adult education programme during Lent.’ (Frances K. Wiggins, Jacksonville, Florida)
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES: THE RESTLESS WORLD OF HENRI J. M. NOUWEN
A journey from Russia to South America in the footsteps of a roving spiritual reporter
'Once again, Michael Ford with characteristic insight and sensitivity opens up further aspects of the deeply spiritual yet wounded personality of Henri Nouwen. It will be warmly welcomed by all who experience Nouwen as a spiritual prophet for our late-modern, mobile, de-centred culture.' (Professor Philip Sheldrake, University of Durham, UK)
SPRITUAL MASTERS FOR ALL SEASONS
Original profiles of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Anthony de Mello and John O’Donohue (including a special interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams)
Used for St William Adult Formation programme, Naples, Florida
‘… an inviting, knowledgeable, accessible and inspiring introduction to four of the great Catholics of our time.’ (America)
WATERSHED: TURNING POINTS ON THE SPIRITUAL ROAD
How to find God in a life-changing moment and not lose your head
‘Michael Ford is a gentle, insightful and trustworthy guide … Never letting a good crisis go to waste, his theology gathers in all the fragments, making it very much for the world and not just the Church.’ (Canon Mark Oakley, St Paul’s Cathedral, London)
SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE: A MODERN SPIRITUAL CANTICLE
‘A truly original work of profound spiritual depth.’ (Ziegler Books)
FATHER MYCHAL JUDGE: AN AUTHENTIC SPIRITUAL HERO
A portrait of the first official victim of 9.11, the Franciscan fire chaplain who died in the Twin Towers
No 1 US Catholic Bestseller of 2002 (re-issued as a paperback in 2016). Award for history & biography from Catholic Press Association of the United States and North America (2003).
‘This book is one that has changed my outlook on life and my dealings with other people, not to mention many of my assumptions about church. It is a beautiful book and highly recommended to all.’ (Andy, Sussex, UK; Amazon).
DISCLOSURES: CONVERSATIONS GAY AND SPIRITUAL
Michael Ford meets lesbian and gay Christians from Africa, North America, Northern Ireland and England to learn more about their psychological and spiritual struggles, as well as their joys and triumphs. This book was commissioned to coincide with the consecration in the United States of Gene Robinson, the world's first openly gay bishop.
'Excellent book ...non-polemical' (Church Times)
Published in 2004
LINKS TO PUBLISHERS
Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us (Henri Nouwen, Reflections on Theological Education).