It is written in a direct style meant to stir the will to a greater understanding and pursuit of man's supernatural end: beatitude with God in Heaven. Fr. Frank Holland, S.J., uses stories to hammer away points that will impress in the reader a realisation that we are here as pilgrims and must use creatures in their proper light -- to use them to help reach the source of all of creation, the Blessed Trinity.
The Spiritual Exercises have been given papal support most notably in Pope Pius XI's encyclical, Mens Nostra (1929).
It is hoped that this book will be a great aid in the attainment of perfection.
"You can tell. When a spiritual author has authentic insights into the life of grace, when he truly has a religious experience to share, you know it. Fr Holland has without a doubt captured the quintessence of that unequalled hallmark of Catholic spirituality that are the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Any presentation of Ignatian spirituality is good on the condition that the Exercises be explained in all their purity, that their demands be not watered down, but put forward with the greatest clarity. This is what we see happening in this little book..."
- Dom Pius Mary Noonan, O.S.B., S.T.D. (Notre Dame Priory, Tasmania)