Growing interest in taking time out of the routine activities of everyday life -- away from business, the factory, the home -- in order to reassess one's personal perspective on the reason behind man's continuing struggle for betterment, through the making of a spiritual retreat, should help make this book into a popular treatise on the spiritual life. Though the number of retreat houses is increasing, there are hardly enough to accommodate the potentially interested in this kind of activity. Then there are people, who because of family obligations, personal finances, or just commitment to work (which includes the necessity of moonlighting in order to feed a family) cannot take the forty eight hours over a weekend which the closed retreat demands. Here then is a private retreat which follows the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in short reflections and meditations on the verities of life. The meditations can be read at home on a regular basis or in a prolonged session. The regular retreatant will also find the book of value as a refresher and as a source for continuing to obtain benefits between retreats. The emphasis throughout is achieving success in an individual's spiritual life. Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, contributes a foreword in which he calls Father Bakewell a ""retreat master in absentia"" for those who are willing to give him a few moments from time to time to reorientate their lives toward success as men and women seeking reunification with God. This is truly a practical bedside spiritual reader.