The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
Author: Carl McColman
Pages: 309
ISBN: 9781571746245
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Release: 2010-01-01
Editor: Hampton Roads Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An introduction to the mystical component of Christianity reveals its ancient traditions of meditation, philosophy, enlightenment and devotion to the blissful experience of a Divine presence, in a volume that combines practical instruction with historical, biographical and biblical information.

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
Author: Carl McColman
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1612831206
Available:
Release: 2010-08-01
Editor: Hampton Roads Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 mytic." --William McNamara

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
Author: Carl McColman
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781506485768
Available:
Release: 2021-11-16
Editor: Broadleaf Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 mytic." --William McNamara

The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism

The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism
Author: Bernard McGinn
Pages: 559
ISBN: 9780812974218
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Release: 2006
Editor: Random House Digital, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Collects writings that explore the transformation human life goes through while searching for direct contact with God.

Growing into God

Growing into God
Author: John R Mabry
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780835630443
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Release: 2012-12-13
Editor: Quest Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For many people, the word mysticism conjures up occult, secretive rituals held after midnight in some dark cave. But true mysticism isn’t at all sinister or secretive, says author John Mabry, an Anglican-rite Congregational minister. In fact, mysticism is at the heart of an authentic Christian life. It is nothing more and nothing less than the pursuit-and enjoyment-of union with God, which is the goal of all Christian spirituality. Christian mysticism is the discipline of growing the soul into God—shedding illusory identities, deepening prayer, seeing God in all things, and acting as Christ in the world. Mabry’s great passion is to bring theology to everyday life by explaining complex ideas in everyday language that anyone can understand and find useful. In Growing into God, he “demystifies” mysticism, providing a friendly and accessible entry point to some of the teachings, practices, and experiences of the Christian mystical tradition. Mabry explores the classic mystical journey, which begins with the Awakening of a unitive consciousness that experiences everything as Divine and interconnected. The journey continues with Purgation, in which we empty ourselves of illusion; Illumination, in which we begin to see God in all things and all things in God; and, finally, Union, in which we marry our lives with God’s life. Our hands become God’s hands, our lips become God’s lips, our touch becomes God’s touch, in order to bring help, comfort, and healing to the world. ,p>Along the way, and with an entertaining teacher’s clarity, Mabry recounts the stories of many Christian mystics, including inspiring quotations. He also enriches each chapter with questions and answers to simplify points as well as experiential practices to help readers embark upon the mystical journey themselves

The Little Book of Christian Mysticism

The Little Book of Christian Mysticism
Author: Carl McColman
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781612833866
Available:
Release: 2018-04-01
Editor: Hampton Roads Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With over 300 quotations, this book invites the reader to delve into the writings of the great contemplatives and mystics of the past two thousand years. The Little Book of Christian Mysticism provides a user-friendly, insightful, and potentially life-changing introduction to the essential teachings of the greatest mystics in the western wisdom traditions, past and present, including Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Julian of Norwich. Readers can use this book to initiate themselves into this visionary and ecstatic spiritual lineage, and they can also use it as a book of daily meditations. Small enough to fit in one's pocket or handbag, this is truly a user-friendly introduction to this venerable body of wisdom.

Answering the Contemplative Call

Answering the Contemplative Call
Author: Carl McColman
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9781571746771
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Release: 2013-01-01
Editor: Hampton Roads Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The mystical path is not some sort of static experience for the select few, says Carl McColman, rather, it is a living tradition, a rich and many-layered dimension of spirituality that is in large measure a quest to find the mysteries at the heart of the universe, paradoxically nestled within the heart of your own soul. McColman first introduced readers to Christianity's lost mystical roots in his popular book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. Now McColman is back with Answering the Contemplative Call, to show readers how to apply the riches of the mystical tradition to daily living. This book is organized in three sections: "Recognizing the Call," Explores how each one of us is called to the mystical life, and what that might look like. "Preparing for the Journey," shows what we need to do in response to the contemplative call."Embarking on the Adventure" considers what those first steps on the path might look like. Along the way McColman quotes from the great mystics of the Christian tradition who have also traveled this path, including Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill and more. In Answering the Contemplative Call, McColman offers a practice that will help readers come to a place meaning and purpose in their lives.

The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism

The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism
Author: Amy Hollywood,Patricia Z. Beckman
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9780521863650
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Release: 2012-09-17
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism is a multi-authored interdisciplinary guide to the study of Christian mysticism, with an emphasis on the 3rd through the 17th centuries. Written by leading authorities and younger scholars from a range of disciplines, the volume both provides a clear introduction to the Christian mystical life and articulates a bold new approach to the study of mysticism.

Christian Mystics

Christian Mystics
Author: Ursula King
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9781587680120
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Release: 1998
Editor: Paulist Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This collection introduces 60 men and women whose great devotion and mystical relation to God transformed the times in which they lived and continues to affect our search for spirituality today. It includes a presentation of the Eastern Orthodox mystic tradition and concludes with the mystics of our time. B&W photos.

Christian Mystics

Christian Mystics
Author: Carl McColman
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781612833439
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Release: 2016-10-01
Editor: Hampton Roads Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages celebrates the many types of mystics, visionaries, wisdom keepers, and non-dualists whose spiritual insight and perceptive teachings have illuminated the Christian tradition for the past two thousand years. Looking at 108 mystics from Biblical times to the present day, this user-friendly guide shows how the spiritual masters of the western tradition provide a variety of paths into the transforming heart of God. Everyone needs teachers and companions to guide and nurture us in developing rich interior lives -- as we seek to respond to the beatifying, deifying love of God. The mystics, whose legacy includes sublime poetry, fascinating autobiographies, and potentially life-changing teachings, can help anyone find greater love, purpose, and a deeper sense of God's presence. But the mystics are not a uniform bunch, which is why this book is such an essential guide to their lives, wisdom, and essential teachings. Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, organizes the mystics into nine categories: visionaries, confessors, lovers, poets, saints, heretics, wisdom keepers, soul-friends, and unitives. By profiling twelve examples of great mystics and spiritual teachers in each category, the book can help you to learn more about the mystics, and identify those whose writings will be most valuable to you as you pursue your own adventure of falling ever more deeply in love with God. All of the most famous Christian mystics are profiled here: figures like Teresa of Ávila, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, Evelyn Underhill, Thomas Merton, and anonymous masters like the authors of classics like The Cloud of Unknowing or The Way of a Pilgrim. But the book also will introduce you to many lesser known (but truly wonderful) mystical geniuses, such as Beatrice of Nazareth, Gregory of Narek, and Coventry Patmore. Nor does the book shy away from living (or recently living) mystics: visionaries such as Howard Thurman, Sara Grant, Kenneth Leech, and Bruno Barnhart are all included. This informative volume will appeal to those who buy religious reference books and anyone interested in Christian mysticism or western spirituality. But it's more than just a history book or an encyclopedia: Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages is a curated celebration of western spiritual wisdom, making it accessible for all seekers today.

Mystics of the Christian Tradition

Mystics of the Christian Tradition
Author: Steven Fanning
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781134590988
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Release: 2005-06-29
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From divine visions to self-tortures, some strange mystical experiences have shaped the Christian tradition as we know it. Full of colourful detail, Mystics of the Christian Tradition examines the mystical experiences that have determined the history of Christianity over two thousand years, and reveals the often sexual nature of these encounters with the divine. In this fascinating account, Fanning reveals how God's direct revelation to St Francis of Assisi led to his living with lepers and kissing their sores, and describes the mystical life of Margery Kempe who 'took weeping to new decibel levels'. Through presenting the lives of almost a hundred mystics, this broad survey invites us to consider what it means to be a mystic and to explore how people such as Joan of Arc had their lives determined by divine visions. Mystics of the Christian Tradition is a comprehensive guide to discovering what mysticism means and who the mystics of the Christian tradition actually were.

A Course in Christian Mysticism

A Course in Christian Mysticism
Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780814645338
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Release: 2017-07-27
Editor: Liturgical Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Thomas Merton's lectures to the young monastics at the Abbey of Gethsemani provide a good look at Merton the scholar. A Course in Christian Mysticism gathers together, for the first time, the best of these talks into a spiritual, historical, and theological survey of Christian mysticism—from St. John's gospel to St. John of the Cross. Sixteen centuries are covered over thirteen lectures. A general introduction sets the scene for when and how the talks were prepared and for the perennial themes one finds in them, making them relevant for spiritual seekers today. This compact volume allows anyone to learn from one of the twentieth century's greatest Catholic spiritual teachers. The study materials at the back of the book, including additional primary source readings and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion, make this an essential text for any student of Christian mysticism.

Early Christian Mystics

Early Christian Mystics
Author: Bernard McGinn,Patricia Ferris McGinn
Pages: 256
ISBN: STANFORD:36105111892068
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Release: 2003
Editor: Crossroad
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Take a closer personal look at the mystical vision of 12 great spiritual masters living before the Reformation.

Light from Light

Light from Light
Author: Louis K. Dupré,James A. Wiseman
Pages: 463
ISBN: 9780809140138
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Release: 2001
Editor: Paulist Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this revised edition of a longtime bestselling anthology of Christian mysticism, editors Louis Dupre and James Wiseman bring together selections from the writings of twenty-three of the most important Christian mystics, from Origen of Alexandria in the third century to Thomas Merton in the twentieth.This edition retains most of the authors included in the first addition, but has replaced some authors from that edition with ones that will be of greater interest to readers today, e.g., Francis and Clare of Assisi, Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, and Evelyn Underhill. A general introduction discusses the place of mysticism within the Christian life as a whole, while individual chapter introductions place the mystical writers in their historical context and relate their works to others in the anthology. In addition, the editors have completely updated the bibliographies at the end of each chapter.Students and teachers of spirituality, as well as persons interested in their own spiritual growth, will welcome this popular revised resource, because it makes readily available in one volume major works by important Christian mystical writers. Like its predecessor, it is sure to be welcomed in the academic world and spiritual and devotional circles.

Defy Gravity

Defy Gravity
Author: Caroline Myss
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781458752246
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Release: 2010-07-21
Editor: ReadHowYouWant.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss draws from her years as a medical intuitive to show that healing is not only physical; it is also a mystical phenomenon that transcends reason. Inspired by ordinary people who overcame a wide array of physical and psychological ailments - from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer - Caroline dove into the works of the great mystics to gain a deeper understanding of healing's spiritual underpinnings. Based on these studies, she demonstrates how conventional and holistic medicine often fall short in times of need. Both systems rely upon a logical approach to curing illness when there is nothing reasonable about the emotional, psychological, or spiritual influences behind any ailment. Integral to this mystical healing approach is the engagement of the soul, which we experience through exploring our seven shadow passions, building an empowered inner self around our seven inherent graces, and learning how to work with the mystical laws that govern it. This knowledge holds the key to understanding what it means to defy gravity and break through the boundaries of ordinary thought. You can heal any illness. You can channel grace. And you can learn to live fearlessly. New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss draws from her years as a medical intuitive to show that healing is not only physical; it is also a mystical phenomenon that transcends reason. Inspired by ordinary people who overcame a wide array of physical and psychological ailments - from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer - Caroline dove into the works of the great mystics to gain a deeper understanding of healing's spiritual underpinnings. Based on these studies, she demonstrates how conventional and holistic medicine often fall short in times of need. Both systems rely upon a logical approach to curing illness when there is nothing reasonable about the emotional, psychological, or spiritual influences behind any ailment. Integral to this mystical healing approach is the engagement of the soul, which we experience through exploring our seven shadow passions, building an empowered inner self around our seven inherent graces, and learning how to work with the mystical laws that govern it. This knowledge holds the key to understanding what it means to defy gravity and break through the boundaries of ordinary thought. You can heal any illness. You can channel grace. And you can learn to live fearlessly.

Christian Mysticism

Christian Mysticism
Author: William Ralph Inge
Pages: 379
ISBN: HARVARD:32044081704074
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Release: 1899
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Good Book and The Big Book

The Good Book and The Big Book
Author: Dick B
Pages: 122
ISBN: 9781937520083
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Release: 2011-08-05
Editor: First Edition Design Pub.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible is the most popular of Dick B.'s 42 titles. It traces the precise A.A. Big Book and 12 Step language that came from the Bible. Christians and AAs alike acclaim this title's thorough review of early A.A. sources showing the Bible's role in A.A.'s recovery ideas. This book demonstrates how God helps alcoholics recover if they want His help.

An Introduction to Christian Mysticism

An Introduction to Christian Mysticism
Author: Jason M. Baxter
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781493429080
Available:
Release: 2021-03-16
Editor: Baker Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This brief, accessibly written volume introduces key figures, texts, and themes of the mystical tradition and shows how and why the mystics can speak to the church today. Jason Baxter, an expert educator and storyteller, explains that the mystical tradition offers a more robust understanding of God than our current shallow conceptions. Featuring engagement with primary sources and suitable for use in a variety of courses, this book argues that the mystics have much to say to contemporary Christians searching for authentic modes of spirituality.

Conscious Love

Conscious Love
Author: Richard Smoley
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780470249079
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Release: 2008-03-31
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

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The Roots of Christian Mysticism

The Roots of Christian Mysticism
Author: Olivier Clément
Pages: 399
ISBN: 1905039220
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Release: 2015-01-30
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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