*Was a finalist for the 2018 Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers*
Discover God’s personal love for you through this Ignatian retreat with the Song of Songs! Ignatian spiritual director and priest Greg Cleveland, OMV draws the reader into a personal experience of Ignatian spirituality through embracing this often-ignored book of the Bible. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius have had a tremendous impact in the history of the Church, while the Song of Songs is the most sublime book of Scripture describing mystical union with God in prayer.
“Awakening Love brings us back to the core truth of all time: Jesus is the greatest good in our lives. Writing with insight, passion, and pastoral verve, Fr. Cleveland shows us how to respond to God’s gift with total self-giving that is both appropriate and supremely joyful.”
-Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat
“Fr. Cleveland was my novice master. He taught me the Ignatian way of prayer, led my thirty-day retreat, and prepared me to give my life to God as a religious. Reading his new book, I see that while he is no longer my novice master, he’s still the master. His rich reflections and powerful culling of sources in the spirit of St. Ignatius will awaken a deep love for the Lord.”
-Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius