Seeking First the Kingdom

Author:  Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D
Publisher:  ministry23

Do you desire to make this year different by truly seeking a closer relationship with God, but don't know where to begin?

Have your resolutions for a deeper spirituality fallen flat?

Through these 30 meditations, Fr. Bartunek, best-selling author of The Better Part, teaches us how to bring every dimension of your being into your relationship with God, how to handle the emotional roller coaster of everyday life, and how to overcome spiritual obstacles and roadblocks.

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For anyone who is curious to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ, Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength was written to help thosepursuing Christ to take the next step in spiritual maturity. You want to go deeper and grow closer, but how? By identifying four core areas of your relationship with God (heart, soul, mind, and strength), Fr. John Bartunek helps determine what areas you're stuck in. Short chapters and reflection/discussion questions make this book digestible and applicable to your life. By identifying where you need to grow, you'll experience renewed enthusiasm and discover a new depth to your prayer life.

Seeking First the Kingdom is full of practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life. In these 30 meditations, you’ll learn:

  • How to bring every dimension of your being into your relationship with God
  • How to handle the emotional roller coaster of everyday life
  • How to overcome spiritual obstacles and roadblocks
  • Ways to develop virtue and grow in holiness

Along the way, you’ll discover how to cultivate a deep and joy-filled friendship with Christ - an adventure that begins today, here on earth, and continues for all eternity.


Additional Info

Publisher ministry23
Author Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D
Product Type Paperback
Width (inches) 5.5
Height (inches) 8.5
Publication Date 8/15/2014
ISBN/UPC 9780991603800
Number of Pages 186



"Transformative, challenging, energizing and filled with hope - all this is true of Seeking First the Kingdom. Father John Bartunek has given us a clear picture of how to integrate faith into all aspects of the inner life. Read it thoughtfully, and it will bring you to a place of greater depth and satisfaction in your relationship with Christ."

Lisa Brenninkmeyer
Founder and Co-Chair of Walking with Purpose

"There are only a few modern authors whose writings I recommend with full and unreserved confidence, and Fr. John Bartunek is one of them. This new work powerfully and practically unpacks what Jesus revealed as the "greatest" commandment: to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. If you want to grow in your faith, read this book, meditate on it, and live it - you will find yourself growing in ways you likely never imagined."

Dan Burke
President and Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

"Fr. John Bartunek has written something here that is laser-focused on the great challenge of living our faith every single day. This one, like his other books, is beautifully written, immensely practical, and wonderfully packaged into bite-sized morsels. It will be a treasure for anyone willing to invest a few minutes a day."

Patrick Lencioni
President of The Table Group

Media Reviews


"Seeking first the kingdom in today’s world can seem a daunting and confusing task. Thankfully Father John Bartunek has provided readers with a 30 day meditation that will help with that task. This is a highly accessible book for everyone at any stage of their faith journey. If you have the desire to strengthen your relationship with God, than this is the book for you. After completing these 30 meditations you will surely be well along the path to eternal friendship with your creator."

Pete Socks
The Catholic Book Blogger




About the Author


Father John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his B.A. in history from Stanford University in 1990, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010.

Father Bartunek provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, “Inside the Passion,”  the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Father Bartunek has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist.

His most widely known book is called The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. His most recent books are Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, and Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions.

Father Bartunek currently splits his time between Michigan – where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center – and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. He answers questions about the spiritual life at His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at