Loyola University Chicago

Mission Integration

Book Clubs

Summer Book Club: The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, by James Martin, S.J. 

The book club is tailored to employees who are relatively new to Loyola (three years or less). The book is The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, A Spirituality for Real Life, by Fr. James Martin, SJ. The book is an insightful and engaging look at the foundation of Loyola’s Jesuit spirituality and how it can be engaged personally and professionally. As Fr. Martin notes, “You don’t have to be Catholic, Christian, religious or even spiritual to benefit from some of the insights of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. The single criterion for our gathering is intellectual curiosity about the tradition, the spirituality, and the worldview that animates Loyola. This is also a great way to get to know other Loyolans outside your area.

The book is provided free and the club will meet two times on each campus (WTC: June 20, July 11) (LSC: June 21, July 12), The sessions will be open discussion and shared perspectives. To learn more, please contact Lauren Schwer (lschwer@luc.edu). 

November Book Club:  

Each year during Ignatian Heritage Month, employees are invited to join a book club. Each year a different book is selected based on the theme, community’s needs, and what will be most relevant to our group.  

November 2023 Book: TBD 

To learn more, please contact Lauren Schwer (lschwer@luc.edu). 

Previous Books:

  • The Other Side of Chaos by Margaret Silf
  • Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello, S.J.
  • Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America by Wil Haygood
  • Tattoos on the Heart: Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.
  • He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek
  • Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevensen
  • Thirty Days on Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius by Paul Mariani
  • Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri J.M. Nouwen