Retreat Alternatives

Books About Retreats

Heart of the Christian Life

Heart of the Christian Life
Pope Benedict XVI

A series of 17 homilies and talks by Pope Benedict XVI about the Mass and the Eucharist, this book makes for a wonderful and approachable set of reflections on the Christian life. Take this book along to reflect upon during retreat, or make a little bit of time each day for your own at-home retreat.

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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Igantius

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Igantius
Saint Ignatius Loyola

This is THE handbook on how to make a retreat, put together by St. Ignatius Loyola. Many, if not most retreat centers today use the Spiritual Exercises as the basis for many of their group retreats, and this is also a great resource for those wishing to make a private or guided retreat.

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A Prayer Retreat With the Rosary

A Prayer Retreat With the Rosary
Rhen Hoehn

A practical, adaptable guide for those wishing to make a private or guided retreat. This book provides a quick course on how to make a private retreat and then provides a series of reflections on the mysteries of the Rosary that is structured for a weekend-long retreat but can easily be adapted to longer retreats.

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