Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Concern #1

As I write this post, we have 1,163 people who have signed up for pre-notification of the Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality collection launch. I think that's amazing! So many people on a spiritual journey through Advent can only bring blessings to Christ's Church. Not to mention the financial help we'll be able to bring to our pro-life charities to give them and the innocents they help an extra Merry Christmas.

We have also had some questions and concerns about the collection. The biggest concern so far has been that since these Spiritual Classics are all old enough to be in the public domain, why not just offer links to online text sites like Project Gutenberg?

I think that's a great concern and we certainly could provide a page of links. However, websites are often cumbersome and difficult to read. Joe and I have been working extremely diligently to offer these classics in an easy-to-read format that is appealing to the eye as well as the spirit.

The Church in her wisdom has traditionally recognized that beauty lifts the spirit towards God. That's why so many of the old churches were so ornate and beautiful. Just look at some of the modern churches that are so stark and stripped of all the beauty. We did NOT want to make these classics available in the same stark and stripped-down fashion. We've invested a lot of time and resources to make the classics appealing so that you can better put yourself in a state of Divine reflection. Just take a look at the Sneak Preview and the Free Spiritual Quotes eBook to see what I mean.

Also, Joe and I are in the process of making this collection available in a bound, hard-copy version of all 10 Classics. We're going to offer an incredibly deep discount on the bound version only to those who order the electronic version during the week of November 13th through the 17th (exact dates still to come).

So even though you can access these Classics on sites like Project Gutenberg, we believe owning them in an easy-to-read and appealing format (whether on your computer desktop or on your bookshelf) is essential for one's spiritual journey and development.

Keep those emails and comments coming! We're getting very close to the launch date now and I want to answer as many of your questions and concerns as possible.

God Bless!

P.S. Some of you have already heard rumors about "surprises" we may offer for those who order the Classics collection. So let me respond to that rumor-- Yes, we'll be offering some very cool extras and bonuses as part of the collection launch to the initial purchasers. We are also considering a unique and exciting pricing formula that's going to thrill a lot of people. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Free "65 Great Spiritual Quotes" Download

While compiling the Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality collection, Joe and I came across so many great quotes that inspired us personally and really made us take a look at where we are in our own spiritual journey toward God through Christ.

We decided to compile what we thought were the best of these quotes and offer them to you Free for download in an eBook.

You could spend days reflecting on any one of these great quotes, let alone all 65 of them. Some (but possibly not all) of these authors will also be featured in the final collection due to launch sometime before Thanksgiving.

So get primed for your Advent spiritual journey by downloading the Free eBook. Just click on this link:

God Bless!

P.S. If you want to save the Free eBook to your desktop, just right-click on the link and click "Save As".

Monday, October 23, 2006

Titles included - Revised

[Rev. - A previous version of this post listed the titles we thought would definitely be included. However, because of all the emails from members, we're reconsidering the exact list of Essential Classics. Stay tuned! The final list will be revealed right here on this blog.]

Joe and I have been scrambling to "fine tune" the Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality based on the flood of emails, comments, and even concerns of members who can't wait to order them.

Many of you wanted to know what titles are going to be included in the collection. So far I can share with you at least three of the six "fundamental" classics:

The Imitation of Christ
Introduction to the Devout Life
Story of a Soul

plus three other masterpieces.

We're also working hard on the four bonus classics to complete the 10-volume collection. These bonus volumes will most likely include classics from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions.

While putting these together Joe and I of course get a chance once again to closely review these masterpieces. It's funny how just one sentence that you never noticed before jumps out at you and stays in your heart for the entire day. Just glancing at them seems to put us in a new state of reflection on the life and sacrifice of Our Lord and the love of Our Father. It's really powerful stuff! We're sure it will make your Advent and Christmas seasons extra special.

Again, the launch date will most likely be the week before Thanksgiving and the classics will only be available for download at the greatly reduced price for 4 days. We'll nail the exact date down as it approaches, but it could change at any time from then until now.

I'll be sure to update you again as soon as more news about the Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality collection become available.

God Bless!!!


Friday, October 20, 2006

Sneak Preview

We just released a "Sneak Preview" of our Essential Classics of Catholic Spirituality collection. This preview includes a sample of one of the 10 classics you'll get in the collection. And it is available for you to download now, without any cost.