Sacred Story is a valuable resource for those wanting the research behind the work of the Sacred Story Institute.How and why did St. Ignatius Loyola develop the Examen prayer? What is it supposed to accomplish for those who practice it? Why do people choose to forgo this discipline that has proved to be invaluable and essential to spiritual growth and the discernment of spirits over the centuries? What are the contemporary cultural crises confronting today's would-be Examen practitioners provoking distrust, fear, or dismissive attitudes towards it? How can an Examen faithful to Ignatius original method be modernized to address the mindset of today's Christians? This book In its three parts, we take a new approach to answer these questions. It provides a new analysis on how Ignatius' spiritual Examen disciplines were developed, the challenges inherent in practicing them, and a dynamic new reading of the Examen called Sacred Story. This book describes the spiritual tools you need for a practical, daily prayer discipline that incorporates principles of spiritual discernment. It masters the difficult task of integrating spirituality and psychology creating an original, rigorous, brilliant and scholarly book the likes of which rarely come along once a decade. For those wanting to incorporate this discipline of the Ignatian Examen into daily life we recommend our bookForty Weeks: An Ignatian Path to Christ with Sacred Story Prayer.