Reviews of Karl’s Work

Personal Energy Management:  A Christian Personal and Professional Growth Program and Workbook

“A treasure in an overcrowded field of self-help books about stress and time management.  Unlike the superficial approach of many motivational writers, Schultz roots our daily endeavors in the rich soil of faith … humble, engaging, and practical.”  Rev. John Heagle, Codirector, Therapy and Renewal Associates (TARA), Seattle

“[Schultz] has integrated spirituality in a way that helps us find ourselves and our God.  He confirms that life is difficult but shows us how to celebrate our ‘little victories.’  Personal Energy Management is for anyone who wants to live life to the fullest.”  Fr. Scott Seethaler, O.F.M. Cap., Catholic Evangelist

The Art and Vocation of Caring for People in Pain

“Karl Schultz uses the book of Job to help care-givers engage in the delicate task of dealing with another’s pain.  He teaches us to do God-talk in a way that consoles and frees people.  This book is a must for the person who feels overwhelmed by human suffering.”  Father Scott Seethaler, O.F.M. Cap., Catholic Evangelist

“In writing this book, Karl Schultz has provided us with a valuable personal and professional resource for those who care for suffering people.  He invites care-givers to expand their understanding and practice of pastoral care beyond the current psychological models to reclaim the earthy wisdom and spiritual richness of Job, and the ancient model of reflective prayer known as lectio divina.”  John L. Heagle, Co-Director, Therapy and Renewal Associates

Journaling with Moses & Job

“For years, I have been recommending and teaching to clergy, laity and religious the importance of using spiritual notebooks or journals to accompany their reading of Holy Scripture and the Christian classics… I was thus happy to see that the author of this book concurs with me in this regard.  The time-tested spiritual discipline of journaling offers a way of practicing this technique in relation to some central passages from Holy Scripture.  Beginners will benefit from the book, and people proficient in journaling will find it a kind of refresher course.”  Susan Annette Muto, Executive Director, Epiphany Association

Pope Paul VI:  Christian Values and Virtues

“We hope Christian Values and Virtues will contribute towards the promotion and spreading of the deep spirituality witnessed in the life and deeds of Pope Paul VI and also bring the wealth of his teachings to its readers.”  Alexander M. Schweitzer, General Secretary, Catholic Biblical Federation

St. Joseph Guide to the Bible:  Becoming Comfortable with the Bible in Four Simple Steps

The St. Joseph Guide to the Bible is sure to be a helpful resource for memebers of the faithful at any stage in their study of Scripture.  May all who read this book draw closer in faith to the true Word of God, Jesus Christ.”  Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, D.D. Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh

The reader of the St. Joseph Guide to the Bible is in store for a wonderful journey into God’s covenant of love.  The response is that of Peter: “Lord you know everything; you know that I love you” (John 32:17).  Karl Schultz will draw you into that response joyfully, so that you cannot wait to reach for your Bible again and again.”  (Rev.) Timothy Fitzgerald, C.P., S.T.D. St Paul Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA

As a Roman Catholic lay woman I have taught scripture study wince 1965.  Anyone who seriously desires to study the Bible will have a great start by following the four simple steps presented in this book.”  Barbara Shlemon Ryan, President, Be Loved Ministry

“Karl Schultz has a gift for simplifying complicated material and making it accessible.  He brings the Bible close with clear definitions and explanations.  The Bible is studied for what it says to the reader, not in some abstract way, but as it challenges and blesses, always within the context of the guiding Church.  In his treatment of lectio divina, Schultz shows that when Scripture is fully engaged it leads to prayer.”  Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB

“St. Joseph Guide to the Bible will be a lifelong teacher to generations of disciples who yearn to know clearly, pray from their humanity, and love and serve the Jesus of the Gospels.”  Eleanor P. Loftus, RSM, Ph.D

Becoming Community

Anyone seeking an introduction to a prayerful way to meditate on Scripture (the ancient practice of lectio divina) need look no further.  This book sets forth in simple language both a method for praying the Bible and an inspiring application of it to contemporary life.  It is rare to find such a blend of solid biblical interpretation and pastoral sensitivity.  Wamly recommended for individual or communal use!”  Ronald Witherup, Author of Matthew: God With Us

St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina: Sharing the Word with the Holy Family

Lectio divina, recently promoted by Pope Benedict, is at the center of this author’s life.  His latest book shows, what nobody else has done, how lectio divina is helpful for the delicate, at times volatile, gender relationships by using the model of the Holy Family.  Mary and Joseph lived with the Incarnate Word of God; they can, therefore, help today’s women and men to relate to the Word of God.  Mary and Joseph exemplify gender mutuality and spiritual integration, each of them in a different way.  Mary reveals the dignity and possibilities of femininity by receiving the Word, while Joseph teaches us about masculinity by responding to the Word.”  Walter Vogels, M.Afr., Professor emeritus, Bible Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa

“Karl Schultz’s work highlights a valuable tradition in the Church, lectio divina, which is the call to all of us to deeper reflection on the words of Sacred Scripture and, ultimately, greater holiness of life.  In this “School of the Word,” the author provides a scriptural call to discernment, decision, and action.  All who enter into this practice will find a real spiritual treasure.”  Bishop David A. Zubik, Diocese of Pittsburgh

“The St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina brings us to see that the central truth of our lives is that God passionately desires our union with Him.  If ever a book on this theme were needed, there coudn’t be a more ‘needy’ time than the present!”  Antoinette Bosco, Author of Radical Forgiveness

“In his latest book, Karl Schultz offers not only a personal and creative exploration of lectio divina but pays welcome tribute to Cardinal Carlo Martini, S.J., a pioneer in the revival of lectio divina in our time.”  George Martin, Founding editor, God’s Word Today

“Fresh from his three-month tour in Australia and New Zealand where he lectured successfully on lectio, Karl Schultz has a slam-dunk in this excellent St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina.  What makes his contribution so unique is its invitation to join our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph, the Holy Family, using lectio, to grow in age, grace, and wisdomd before the Lord and others.  We can see why Pope Benedict XVI, generously quoted by Schultz, has put such an emphasis on lectio as a spiritual instrument for our times.”  Fr. Timothy Fitzgerald, C.P., STD, St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Pittsburgh, PA

 About Karl Schultz

“Karl Schultz continues to be a premier exponent of the joy and spiritual growth that  comes from sacred reading, lectio divina. Fresh from his three-month tour in  Australia and New Zealand where he lectured successfully on lectio, Karl  Schultz has a slam-dunk in this excellent St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina.  What makes his contribution so unique is its invitation to join our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph, the Holy Family, using lectio, to grow in age, grace, and wisdom before the Lord and others. We can see why Pope Benedict XVI, generously quoted by Schultz, has put such an emphasis on lectio as a spiritual instrument for our times.”  Fr. Timothy Fitzgerald, C.P., STD,St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Pittsburgh, PA

“Karl A. Schultz offers wonderful insights on the ways that Mary and Joseph can be mentors for lectio divina. Their receptivity to God’s word, their marital relationship, and their balance of the contemplative and active dimensions help us understand the holistic and creative elements within the ancient art of lectio divina.” Stephen J. Binz ,Author of Conversing with God in Scripture:

“People want to find a way to pray—and many are tired of following the latest trends. Karl Schultz presents the method of the saints in a way that’s fresh and even startling. Where better to learn the ways of prayer than in the company of the Holy Family? Put this book to work. It’ll transform your life.” Mike Aquilina, Executive Vice President
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology