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Posted March 27, 2009
The Shotgun Approach to Christian Mysticism
This is, to say the least, a daunting task. The author has sought to provide a clear and concise compilation of two millenia of Christian mystical thought, be it Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. What has been done is to include excerpts from various texts in sections devoted to a single concept. However, the excerpts are not arranged chronologically or even by the branch of Christianity to which they belong. In one manner, this is an admirable achievement of ecumenicism. On the other hand, the reader can easily become confused as to what the editor's intentions are, and how well such is being accomplished. However, this is a handy introduction to the lately-neglected field of Christian mysticism, and if one person reads an excerpt in this book and is then motivated to seek out the larger text as a whole, then the editor has succeeded in his job. Recommended, but with a few reservations.
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