Christian spirituality must include private prayer; private morality; mellowness of heart and spirit; and involvement with a faith community (church). The Incarnation must be central, with Christ as the basis, the heart. It requires that we harness our desire. Rolheiser says we never attain perfect peace in this life, as desire is always stronger than satisfaction.
The author lists some spiritualities within the Christian category: that of Church; the Paschal Mystery; Justice and Peace-Making; and Sexuality. He explains everything by using stories and real-life experiences. His definitions, explanations and interpretations are at times surprising and unique. The book ends with a chapter on the necessity of sustaining ourselves in the spiritual life. It is meant for all who have an interest in the life of the spirit. It is not easy reading, but is worth the effort.