I love writing. Over the years I have published a variety of books. Below are a few of the recent publications.
People in the workplace are asking some difficult questions about how to find meaning in their work, how to find God in daily life, and how to bring the light of faith to ethical issues.
Using the Beatitudes of Jesus as a framework, Oliva explores eight virtues: wisdom, integrity, honesty, compassion, justice for the earth, forgiveness, generosity, and courage.
Readers will find in these pages help from the experience of others, hope for their work-faith journey, and encouragement to live a blessed life.
In the United States, order from Twenty-Third Publications.
In Canada, order from Novalis Publishing.
Tapping the rich current of research on the four basic male archetypes - King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover - Max Oliva shows how they can be used as tools to help men grow toward emotional and spiritual maturity.
The positive and negative dimensions of each archetype are illustrated by the personal stories of men whom the author interviewed in preparation for the book.
Oliva shows how every aspect of a man's life provides an opportunity to reflect, from resolving ethical dilemmas at work to healing father wounds. The book presents men with a clear and resonant call to take up the practice of self-reflection and grow to the fullness of personal integration and wholeness.
Since the book was published, the author has received many postive comments from women who have read the book and have shared that it has helped them better understand the men in their lives. Some have also said that the chapter on healing father wounds has helped them on their own healing journey.
Sometimes the simplest truths are the hardest to remember. Sometimes we forget that life is first of all about love, and that it begins with God’s love for us, not with our love for God. Yet, how easy it is to get caught up in ourselves and lose track of this truth. In this book, Father Oliva guides the reader on an enriching journey of remembrance and discovery. He encourages us to remember all the ways God has been present throughout our lives and to discover the love of God anew. Each chapter contains stories from men and women who reflect on various manifestations of God’s love.
God’s love sets us free – free from anxiety and fear, free to become our true selves. In a warm, personal style, Father Max guides us on a journey that leads to deeper inner freedom. He blends the spiritualities of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, and Teresa of Avila with the wisdom of the East as he describes various forms of prayer: meditation on the scriptures, prayer using one’s imagination, centering prayer and quiet prayer.
In addition, he shares a form of prayer developed out of his own experience which he calls the “Freedom Prayer,” a way of rooting out the fears and compulsions that enslave us.
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“Father Max is gifted with wisdom and grace. His insights into ethics and its relationship to the workplace have inspired me. Ethics is about doing the right thing. Unethical decisions, wherever they are made in a company, can harm both individuals and the organization itself. I highly recommend Father Max as a valuable personal and company resource on ethics."
Founder of the Las Vegas CEO-CFO Group
“Spirituality and Ethics” is a monthly newsletter written by Father Oliva.
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