Remembering God's Mercy
Number of pages: 160
Remembering God’s Mercy is a perfect resource for personal spiritual growth during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
In the first book to explore how memories impact and are affected by faith, bestselling author Dawn Eden offers a guide to the process she used to heal the pain of her past. Through her own story, as well as the examples of St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Peter Faber, and Pope Francis, she shows how the mercy of God, who holds all of events of our life in his own memory, can bring you healing and inner peace.
Dawn Eden’s My Peace I Give You helped thousands find peace after abuse and established her as the leading Catholic authority on recovering from traumatic stress. In Remembering God’s Mercy, Eden—who suffered childhood sexual abuse that left her with PTSD—describes how she was inspired by the example of Pope Francis, St. Ignatius, and St. Peter Faber, all of whom suffered from their own painful experiences and followed a similar path to healing.
Pope Francis has spoken openly about how a life-threatening bout of pneumonia affected his relationship with God, saying that recognizing and accepting the power of memories to color perceptions is essential to seeing God in all things and experiencing inner peace. The pope was influenced by the examples of Ignatius and Faber. Ignatius suffered the loss of his mother at a young age and was sent by his father to live with another family. He also fought as a mercenary soldier as a young man and experienced the trauma of war and physical pain. Faber, a student of Ignatius and among the early members of the Society of Jesus, suffered from bouts of depression and anxiety for years. He wrote in his diary how he applied Ignatius’s spiritual practices in a way that enabled him to rise above his mental suffering to grow closer with God.
Through the wisdom of these three Jesuits, Eden developed an Ignatian model of healing:
- Acknowledge your memories.
- Accept that they change the way you see God, your fate, and other people.
- Allow God to transform your memories by coloring the past and present with his story of salvation.
Eden examines how Jesus’ wounds can bring healing to your own hurt through prayer, Mass, the Sacraments (particularly confession), and the life of the Church. In each chapter, she will engage you with specific steps to take using the most famous Ignatian prayer, the Suscipe—Latin for “receive”—to transform your past traumas into an offering to God that is united with Jesus’ own self-offering.
Features & Benefits
- The book is being released during the Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.
- Dawn Eden's first book, The Thrill of the Chaste, which is available in both nondenominational and Catholic editions, has sold more than 20,000 copies. Her second book, My Peace I Give You, has sold more than 10,000 copies.
- Eden maintains a busy publicity and speaking schedule in the United States and in Europe. She regularly speaks on college campuses and at conferences. She has been featured in National Catholic Reporter and on NBC’s Today, EWTN's The Journey Home and Women of Grace, and on numerous radio programs and podcasts.
Dawn Eden is the popular author of The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (Catholic Edition), My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, and Remembering God's Mercy.
Born into a Jewish family in New York City, Eden lost her faith as a teenager and became an agnostic. During the 1990s, she worked as a rock journalist in New York City, interviewing oldies and classic rock performers. She went on to work for the New York Post and the Daily News.
At age thirty-one, Eden underwent a dramatic conversion to Christianity, seeking Baptism as a Protestant; six years later, she entered the Catholic Church. She wrote the original edition of The Thrill of the Chaste while Protestant; its international success led her to revise it from a Catholic perspective in 2015. Both The Thrill of the Chaste and Eden’s 2012 book on healing from childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You, have been featured in the New York Times and on numerous EWTN programs.
Eden received her pontifical licentiate in sacred theology from the Dominican House of Studies in 2014 and is completing a doctorate at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Currently based in the Chicago area, she has spoken about spiritual healing and conversion to thousands of people throughout North America and abroad.