Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Interior Freedom

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Interior Freedom

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INTERIOR FREEDOM by Jacques Philippe Scepter, 134pages, $9.95 (paper)

In a world that places more demands on people's shoulders than ever before-from keeping up with endless strains of e-mail to meeting the next deadline, from keeping the boss happy to keeping the spouse and kids happy-how does the Christian retain a sense of freedom? In his beautifully written Interior Freedom, Fr. Jacques Philippe takes readers by the hand to rediscover the freedom that comes from Christ alone.

While the peace of God surpasses all understanding, Philippe makes it seem attainable as he draws from Scripture, literature, and the saints to offer simple advice on how to find peace in the midst of our complicated modern lives.

This inner peace comes from the freedom offered in Christ. And learning to accept ourselves and the situation in which God has placed us is the first step to beginning the transformation that he desires for us. As we come to realize that our true happiness lies not in the will to power but in the power given to us by Christ to accept and follow the will of God, we will begin to experience true interior freedom-even in the midst of exterior burdens and chaos. …

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