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I do not label myself as a Christian, but part of my fascination with the Middle Ages comes from building an understanding of how Christianity evolved through the ages and influenced the people and events. The two are inseparable. But sometimes studies get so big that we forget history and all of its ideas are first and foremost about people. Learning their personal views and ideas transcends all time barriers once the language barrier is broken.
The idea of this book is one that allows the reader to step back through time, to speak directly with Meister Eckhart. The questions are contrived in such a way as to facilitate this conversation. The answers are the master's own words, which are deeply spiritual (as one would expect) and worthy of comparison to studies of modern doctrine and belief. Much of it will be surprising, as this is the mind of a Medieval monk who was revolutionary even in his own time. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Eckhart's words, if you're inclined towards historical or spiritual studies (and I'm assuming you are if you're looking into this book), then this is worth the time. It's only about 3 hours long, but it's excellence of content is worth every second. Historically and spiritually, it's interesting to compare his views alongside, say Aquinas or Von Bingen, amongst others. This book can be an historical curiosity or a meditative quest, depending upon how the reader identifies with the material. It's the sort of thing that reminds us that both historically and spiritually, there are always other ways to see anything. There is always more to learn, more to experience, and more facets to the bigger picture than any one person or any one doctrine can illuminate.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this presentation very much. I had never heard of Meister Eckhart until I listened to John O'Donohue. I know there are more to listen to and read. I am looking forward to it. He teaches in a way that makes sense but I never thought of. A truly amazing man.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This short audio book, which I am now listening to for the fouth time, imagines an inteview with Eckhart using Eckhart's own words. This allows some explanation of his meaning and although it sometimes feels a rather self conscious format it is effective in its purpose. Eckhart's words are delivered well and it would be hard to read them as effectively to oneself as they are offered here. Eckhart is not deliberately obscure but simply seeking to say what cannot be said in words, to express truths that cannot be expressed. These are words to ponder, words to contemplate, words to help anyone who is seeking.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Parke's dialogue format works well and gives an immediacy to the medieval mystic’s 800 year old writings which remains true to his style. This may be of interest to anyone interested in religion and not only Christians. Those who are interested in exploring Christianity beyond the level of dogma may find Eckhert’s approach a liberating and challenging breath of fresh air – one which nevertheless remains true to the tenets of the faith.
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