More Than a Nice Story


A Pilgrimage
James Martin
HarperOne, $27.99, 528 pp.

In the introduction to his new book, James Martin, SJ, explains that he wants to “look at Jesus” through the lens of his own education, prayer, and especially his experience on pilgrimage in the Holy Land. In a sense, Martin’s pilgrimage was an effort to follow the advice of his order’s founder, St. Ignatius. In the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius recommends that while praying one set himself imaginatively in the scenes of the gospels. “Composition of place,” as the practice is known, is a...

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About the Author

Lawrence S. Cunningham is John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Things Seen and Unseen: A Catholic Theologian's Notebook (Ave Maria Press).