Praise for the first edition: This engaging and entertaining book packs a double punch: the world of the Jesuits, which at first is unfamiliar if not downright mysterious, comes to seem a sane way of living in the world, while what we think of as the 'normal' world of corporate America is revealed as very strange indeed. James Martin has given us some savory food for thought.--Kathleen Norris, author of The Cloister Walk, Amazing Grace, and Acedia & Me
An engaging account of his journey from successful businessman to vowed Jesuit . . . inviting, sane, grateful and gracious.--Christopher Ruddy
Martin has a frank, straightforward style reminiscent of the young Thomas Merton, but just a bit more polished....If you know nothing about prayer and a life of service, you can find it all in this unstuffy, unselfconscious book. And if you know everything about prayer and a life of service, you will start over at the beginning and learn it all again.--Emilie Griffin, America
Praise for the first edition: From the Wharton Business School and a secure place in corporate America to a $35-a-month allowance and the insecurity of a life of faith. This may seem a precautionary tale of downward secular mobility, but as we follow James Martin through his life and Jesuit training, we find it is all about ascent to God and to true happiness.--Paul Wilkes, Author of In Due Season: A Catholic Life, and The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics"
Praise for the first edition: The story of James Martin's 'fast track' from GE to the Jesuits is confirmation, if any were needed, that God has a sense of humor. The pursuit of happiness is ultimately inseparable from the call to holiness. Martin has written a Seven Storey Mountain for a new generation of seekers.--Robert Ellsberg, author ofAll Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time"
Martin here presents a lively narrative of how he, a yuppie in the corporate world, found riches of a different kind by joining the Society of Jesus. A consummate raconteur with a keen eye for detail, Martin carries the reader along with his vivid prose and his ebullient humor. It's a book for just about everyone who can read.--Cardinal Avery Dulles S.J., Lawrence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University