Books by Michael Maciel

World Priest

Bring Heaven To Earth

Are you a priest? Do you have a calling to serve God and humanity? If you do, it doesn’t matter what gender you are, how much education you have, or what church, if any, you belong to. When God calls you to serve, you wont be able to rest until you find a path thats right for you. 

Spiritual leadership takes many forms, not all of them public. You don’t have to be a minister or a social worker. You don’t have to be a scholar or live in a monastery. You don’t even have to have followers or students. You can live the life you are living now, complete with family, relationships, career, and pursuits and use those as channels for God’s power to transform the world. 

In fact, the more embedded you are in daily life, the more God’s grace will flow through you, if you offer yourself as a channel of service. Then you will be a catalyst, an agent of world transformation. 

World Priest is a manual that will teach you how to leverage God’s power for changing the world for the better. Don’t wait until your life is perfect. It never will be. 

Start now. Learn how to be a World Priest!

The Five Vows

Raising Your Spiritual Commitment to The Next Level

Written by a priest who took vows over forty years ago, The Five Vows shows how anyone, not just those in a religious profession, can live spiritually in a crazy, secular world. 

More than mere promises, the vows are powerful blessings designed to empower us in our everyday living, from the altar to the office to whatever your job or station in life may be. 

No longer do you have to give up everything to find God, nor do you have to turn your back on your worldly obligations. 

The Five Vows gives you concrete ways to make your life sacred – the one you’re already living – in whatever way you envision it to be. 

The vows are the next step in your spiritual path. They are personal and private, they illuminate the soul, and they are life-changing. 

Isn’t it time to raise your spiritual commitment to the next level?

Book Reviews

World Priest—Bringing Heaven to Earth

Reading this book felt like receiving oxygen. Michael Maciel’s writing is so clear and powerful, that I took breaks after each short chapter, to absorb the material. There is so much wisdom here, and woven with practical and simple to understand instructions, that I have hope that all who truly want to know and serve God can find resonance here. Michael’s writing is a gift and a invitation, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I know so many that will feel the longing he captured, as I did.
MaryAnn Fry
Author of Going Naked Being Seen, The Power of Being Real
I’ve read a very wide ranging variety of spiritual philosophy and theology over the years in my quest for truth. This book came at a very synchronistic time and really brought me full circle in a number of ways. The book is absolutely filled with revelatory insights and Maciel is gifted at conveying deeply layered and symbolic truth/wisdom that often gets lost in its “esoteric” nature. If youve ever felt called to the priesthood or have intuited the call to serve and lead others spiritually, I would highly recommend this book. Our world desperately needs men and women who will answer that call – this book will leave you feeling excited to take your spiritual journey to the next level and get busy serving.
John P. Miller
World Priest is yet another example of the author’s fearless exploration of the inner worlds and the insights that can only come through direct spiritual experience. The Eternal, Mystical Priesthood Michael Maciel describes is both cosmic in scale and practical in application. It joins his book, The Five Vows in a place front and center not only for those responding to the call to this Priesthood but for all who want to discover what it means to be a priest unto ones own self.
Matthias Dominic Indra

The Five Vows—Raising Your Spiritual Commitment to the Next Level

The Five Vows distills the wisdom of a true spiritual Master into a book that is bound to be loved, treasured and referred to again and again by those fortunate enough to discover it. Of course, books such as this come into a person’s life when the reader is ready for it and some might say that this is not really a book for beginners, however, having said that, if someone new to the spiritual life were to read it, he might thereby avoid quite a few common pitfalls. The author comes across as down to earth and well-read in a number of spiritual traditions, but above all as authentic. He is clearly someone who has learned to “walk his talk,” someone who can speak about these matters with the authority of one who has really lived them. He has obviously been influenced by the classic Christian monastic tradition—I am sure St. Benedict would love the chapters on Humility, so reminiscent of his own teaching—but the influence of Buddhism and above all New Thought, are also quite apparent. Only a person who has integrated these various influences and actually lived them can present them in such an original way and avoid coming across as “eclectic.” The author manages this beautifully and his book, a real labour of love, seems to flow from the heart, avoiding Catholic guilt and centuries of obfuscation on the one hand and excessive New Age individualism and lack of depth on the other. Our Lord said, “My yoke is easy and my burden light” and the author really gets across the lesson well that living a vowed life is something God does for and within us rather than something we do for God. There is no life-denying and dis-empowering asceticism here, but rather a call to theosis, a vision of a God in whom we live and move and have our being who calls us to become mirrors of his power as well as images of his goodness. I have great pleasure in recommending this book to all novices and professed members of my Benedictine community as well as seminarians and clergy of the Holy Celtic Church.
Rt Revd Alistair Bate OSBA
Michael Maciel is a rarity among authors of spiritual topics. He is not only a clear and down-to-earth wordsmith but the depth of his experience of the inner world is evident in all that he writes. This wonderful book is no exception. I know Michael Maciel to be an authentic example of a life crafted by the tools of the vows he so adeptly describes. It took me quite a while to read this little book as it became immediately clear that sentence after sentence was ripe with topics of contemplation. And contemplate them I did!
Who in this day and age would even consider writing a book on Vows? It seems so “old world” in this age of instant communication, yoga studios sprouting up everywhere, spirituality on the internet. Vows? Don’t miss this book. A real eye-opener. Uncomplicated, straightforward, entertaining, funny, and very much to the point—how to live a spiritual life on the planet earth in the 21st Century. And not live someone else’s life, or what someone else thinks would be “a good way for you to live your life”, but how to find out who YOU are and how to live YOUR life. It doesn’t matter what path you’re on, Eastern or Western, this is a must-have if you’re serious about “finding” the Spirit within. And this will be one of those books you pull out each year and read again.
Margot Whitney

Hi, I’m Michael.

I’m a priest and teacher trained in the Holy Order of MANS. I believe that understanding comes from direct experience, not from reading a mountain of books. I help you take charge of your spiritual life by providing a systematic, self-guided program of spiritual and psycho-technologies designed to produce immediate experiences of God’s Light, Life, and Love in your mind and body.


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