The Better Part + FREE Guide to Christian Meditation

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

The Better Part
The Better Part is meant to be a catalyst to personalize your times of pray and meditation, enabling you to follow the Holy Spirit's lead more readily. Meet Christ in this Gospel-centered resource, which serves as a daily meditation companion. All four Gospels are contained within the text and brought to new light through Fr. Bartunek's illuminating commentary. The Better Part is a book you will treasure for a lifetime!

FREE ($7.95 Value) A Guide to Christian Meditation
Engage more deeply in your daily prayer life and grow in intimacy with God on this how-to journey of Christian meditation. If you or a loved one is seeking to strengthen a prayer life, overcome difficulties in prayer or learn the fundamentals of Christian meditation, this is the book for you. It is a perfect companion to The Better Part.

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The Better Part
This book should be declared a national treasure! We lead tremendously busy lives, with 1,001 things to do. Even so, every saint and renowned spiritual director through the ages has said the same thing: If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation. The Better Part enables us to read, meditate, absorb, and apply the Gospels to our lives. It serves as a catalyst to personalize times of prayer, enabling us to follow the Holy Spirit's lead along the path of holiness. The portable resource has a ribbon to mark your place and contains detailed indices to help you meditate either on the liturgical seasons or the virtues you feel most in need of developing.

The best-selling book, now in its fourth printing, features a substative, meditative and flexible structure. The first section offers a detailed and practical guide to Christian mediation. The second, larger section is divided into units. Each unit consists of five parts: a passage from the Gospels and a four-part commentary based on the same four themes throughout the book: Christ the Lord, Christ the Teacher, Christ the Friend and Christ in My Life. All four Gospels are contained and commented upon in their entirety.

Guide to Christian Meditation
Daily meditation keeps your faith lively, supple, and relevant. It irrigates the soil of your soul, making your life more fruitful and continually opening up new vistas along the path to spiritual maturity. What is Christian meditation and how do we make time for it in our busy lives?


Additional Info

Publisher ministry23
Author Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D
Product Type Bundle
Width (inches) 5
Height (inches) 7.5
Number of Pages 1024



"In this book, after a brief historical introduction to Christian meditation, Father John provides both an elegant and memorable method for meditation along with very helpful examples of specifically how to put this method into practice. He manages to do this while keeping our sights on Christ, not the method. His emphasis helps the reader to avoid common and unfortunately popular errors that overemphasize the means and de-emphasize the all-important end - a deeper relationship with Christ himself. May your faith, and the faith of those you love, be uniquely blessed by this important work."

Dan Burke 
Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
and Executive Director of EWTN's National Catholic Register

Media Reviews


“Father Bartunek brings to bear immense intellectual and spiritual gifts in offering a gem of insight in every Gospel meditation throughout the thousand-page volume. Father Bartunek festoons his narrative promptings with quotations from hundreds of saints, alongside relevant passages from papal documents and the Catechism. The deftness with which he has integrated the Tradition of the Church is breathtaking.”

Stephen Mirarchi
Writer, National Catholic Register

“The Better Part is designed to help you engage more actively in the quest of Christian meditation so you can reap more fruits of spiritual growth.” What some books do accomplish is they lead you down a path of spiritual renewal and benefit. The Better Part is one of those books that you will buy and use for a lifetime. Father John Bartunek has assembled a valuable collection of meditations that will certainly aid the reader in building a personal relationship with God.”

Pete Socks
Catholic Book Blogger

“A Guide to Christian Meditation is a short book coming in at 78pages. The content is invaluable. Having a personal relationship with God should be our ultimate goal in this life to prepare for the ultimate prize in the next. Father John Bartunek has provided the tool to help us on this journey. Take advantage of it.”

Pete Socks
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