In popular usage, mysticism typically refers to New Age or Eastern forms of spirituality. However, the mystical tradition is also an important component of the Christian tradition. At its heart--and much like its expression in other faith traditions--Christian mysticism is an ancient practice that incorporates meditation, contemplation, worship, philosophy, the quest for personal enlightenment, and the experience of Divine presence.
This volume is a comprehensive introduction and guide to Christian mysticism. It is a big book about a big possibility: the hope of achieving real, blissful, experiential unison with God. Among the topics covered here are a general introduction to mysticism, the Bible and mysticism, the history and types of Christian mysticism, biographical sketches of leading Christian mystics, and practical instructions about practicing mysticism today. This is a breathtaking work that explores a form of spirituality that has changed lives over the course of 2,000 years. Learning about Christian mysticism and how it has been articulated through the centuries will prove inspirational for today's seekers, regardless of the faith tradition.
The mystic is not a special kind of person; every person is a special kind of mystic. (William McNamara)
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Setting the record straight
- MJ "north-american-at-large"
It's being about mysticism, as advertised--quoting and discussing mystics rather than just dropping their names, and preaching.
This is evangelical garbage, with endless Biblical quotations, citing chapter and verse in the fundagelical style, and the usual Jeeeeezus stories. It is not about mysticism. It is Evangelical, moralistic, Baptistical, Bible-thumping rubbish.
The narrator was the worst of all. He has an R-full southern twang--the folksy accent affected by George W. Bush--and mispronounces words like 'contemplative' and 'tryst'. At first I wondered why whoever arranges to have books read for Audible would hire an illiterate hillbilly. Now I'm convinced that it was intentional. The assumption likely was that the audience for the book, Christians, were of course illiterate hillbillies and would feel at home with his accent and illiteracy. I suspect he's an excellent actor whose native language is full-bore RP, taking on the challenge of simulating a lower class Appalacian twang.
Everything. This is a book that doesn't deserve to live.
I was expecting something along the lines of William James _Varieties of Religious Experience_ or Evelyn Underhill _Mysticism_. This is in a completely different genre--devotional literature for Evangelicals.
- H. Baber "LogicGuru"