Book Title: Searching for and Maintaining Peace – A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart
Author: Father Jacques Philippe
Price: $9.11 (new) $7.00 (used)
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Number of Pages: 118 pages
Book Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
My Rating: 9 out of 10
Have things been crazy in your life? Do you just want to find peace from everything that’s been going on lately?
This book will definitely help you find the peace you’ve been looking for.
Searching for and Maintaining Peace – A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart” is about finding peace, actually maintaining it, and not going crazy. Don’t let the rest of the title of the book intimidate you. “Treatise” basically means this book will break it down for you on how to find peace with God’s help.
Father Jacques Philippe
The author of this book is Father Jacques Philippe, a French priest and world-renowned charismatic speaker who has sold MILLIONS of copies of his books about prayer, interior freedom, and peace in one’s heart.
I actually met Father Jacques Philippe at my church and he had at least two sessions where he talked about prayer and peace for an hour long each! This guy is suuuper down to earth and has A TON of wisdom to share that He learned from God! I definitely learned so much from him!
Recommended Reading Pace
I recommend taking your time when you read this book. It’s not like one of those fictional books where you can just power through chapter by chapter. Each page has a lot of things you can learn about how to obtain peace and you’re going to want to take your time with it!
Get your highlighter ready because you will definitely highlight the heck out of this book with the amount of good things you’ll learn. There were honestly a lot pages where I felt that I highlighted pretty much everything lol.
This book took me just about 3 weeks to read. I know you may be thinking, “Wow that’s kind of long” but hey, I’m a slow reader lol. I also took the time to reflect on the things God was teaching me through this book.
The reason why I gave this a 9/10 is because this book can get pretty dense at times. There were certain points in the book where it’s not an easy read. Some of the things he teaches can be a lot to take in, but overall that is actually a good thing because there is a lot to learn.
I recommend reading about 2-3 pages at a time and pausing in between paragraphs if you feel the need to reflect or if you feel like something struck you from what you read.
You don’t really need to sit down for hours at a time to read this book (although you can if you want!). You can spend only about 15-30 minutes at a time if you’d like and you’ll still get a lot of what you read.
The fact that this book is pretty thin too and is just about 6” in length is very helpful. I carried this book in my jacket when I used to work outside as a valet and I read it whenever there was down time. It really made me feel refreshed throughout my work day.
One Thing I Learned from this Book
One example of what you can learn from this book is how your heart’s disposition can affect how you can take in and reflect God’s light.
Imagine yourself standing by the ocean shore. When there are strong winds creating big waves, you notice that the reflection of the sun and sky isn’t that clear. In fact, it can even be hard to see at all.
When the sea is calm with very little to no waves, you can see the reflection of the sun and sky a lot more clearly.
This is the same with our hearts. If our hearts are restless and doing all these things that are not really what God would like us to do, it’s a little tough to feel God’s presence in our lives.
If our hearts are at peace in Christ, it’s a lot easier to take in the warmth of God’s light and reflect it more clearly towards others. People will just notice and feel more at peace when they are around you because your heart is at peace and it naturally emanates it.
In order to obtain peace, you need to spend some time with God who can calm the raging waves in your heart. I actually have tried this out and it works.
There have been countless times where I was experiencing all this turmoil from all the things I was going through.
I stopped by my church’s adoration chapel quite a lot and the time I was in there varied. Sometimes I was in there for just 10 minutes, other times 1 hour.
There were actually a few times where I was praying in there for about 3 hours! Those 3 hours went by like nothing though because I spent half the time rambling to God about all these things I was going through and half the time trying to listen to Him.
Each time I went into the chapel, I always came out a lot more at peace than when I came in. My situation may not have changed, but my heart definitely did, all thanks to God.
See, that was just ONE of the things that I learned from this book. There is definitely plenty more of that if you read this book.
This book is seriously worth the price. I mean come on, it’s only about $9 on Amazon for a new copy and $7 for a used one. That is seriously so cheap compared to the PRICELESS wisdom you’ll get from God through this book.
It’s got a 5-star rating on Amazon and has a ton of great reviews. If you want to start finding out how to obtain peace in your life, feel free to pick up a copy at Amazon.com
This book has definitely helped me obtain and maintain peace in my life. I am sure it will do the same (if not more) for you.
Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about this book and I will do my very best to answer them 🙂
Hope you found this helpful!
Thank you so much and God bless!!