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Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations

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Spiritual maverick Matthew Fox believes that through the ages religious patriarchal hierarchy and rigidity have obscured Christianity’s most beneficial and essential teachings: those that arise out of personal, mystical experiences of the Divine. A true religious renewal, according to Fox, can arise only through the mystical dimension of faith. In Christian Mystics, he offers a wide-ranging collection of quotations from Christianity’s greatest mystics and prophets of the past two thousand years. Fox explores and...
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Overview


Spiritual maverick Matthew Fox believes that through the ages religious patriarchal hierarchy and rigidity have obscured Christianity’s most beneficial and essential teachings: those that arise out of personal, mystical experiences of the Divine. A true religious renewal, according to Fox, can arise only through the mystical dimension of faith. In Christian Mystics, he offers a wide-ranging collection of quotations from Christianity’s greatest mystics and prophets of the past two thousand years. Fox explores and celebrates the mystical path with insightful commentary on the thoughts and revelations of some of history’s greatest religious visionaries.
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“Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America.”
Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work
Library Journal
Fox (Original Blessing), harassed and finally expelled from the Catholic Church and received by the Episcopal Church, presents here a kind of meditated notebook that collects brief passages and insights from some of Christianity's great thinkers and mystics, including St. Thomas Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Merton, and Howard Thurman, enlivened by Fox's commentary. Fox is widely regarded as one of the most transformative Christian theologians of the last 50 years, and with these illustrative notes on the mystics he never loses sight of his abiding interest in the goodness of created existence. VERDICT A wide-ranging selection of excerpts, with Fox's typically challenging observations and questions; good for the individual reader, whether student or pastor.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781577319528
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 250,082
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.06 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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The author of twenty-eight books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. He lives in Oakland, California, and is a visiting scholar with the Academy for the Love of Learning.
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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    A Powerful Anchor on the Spiritual Walk

    I came to Matthew Fox's work like many ex-Catholics, having tossed the spiritual baby out with the dogmatic bathwater and moved on to pursue Spirit through other paths. His work, particularly in Christian Mystics, has reaffirmed for me that there is worth and beauty and true inspiration even in the Christian tradition. It is found in the voices of those who speak for the people, for the earth, for the heart's direct perception of Spirit, for oneness with the Cosmos, for the strength found in darkness, silence and letting go, and for the paths of creativity and prophesying truth to power. It is found in the mysteries of human love as well as Divine love.

    There is not an aspect of life that these meditations leave untouched. I found myself lifted into joy and awe...found affirmation that Spirit is present even in the darkest times...found creative inspiration and the challenge to speak my convictions. There were mornings when, reading the meditation, I was moved to tears and emerged with a heart at peace.

    I have picked up many books of daily readings over the years...very few have I actually stayed with from Day 1 to Day 365. This is one of those few...and I am by far the richer for the experience.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    Accessing Spirit through Mystical Union with the Divine

    Who would suspect that a collection of quote-a-day mystical writings could be so uplifting, so inspiring, so thought-provoking as "Christian Mystics" proves to be? Some quotes are deceptively short, yet profoundly transformative when allowed to percolate inside, such as Master Eckhart's, "Whatever happens to another, whether it be a joy or a sorrow, happens to me." Matthew Fox adds insights in the manner of a congenial spiritually oriented professor, guiding us to view hidden connections and better grasp deeper meanings that might otherwise remain concealed.
    There is genius in the organization of "Christian Mystics," as quotes by particular authors such as Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomas Merton are grouped in sections, so many pages in a row continue with gifts from a particular perspective. Matthew Fox adds his own mystical views via questions he poses following each quote, so each day's quote takes readers on delightful journeys of spiritual discovery.
    "Christian Mystics" succeeds both as a spiritual guide through mystical realms to be explored one page a day, and as a beloved addition for conversational stimulation and inspirational reference for any seeker's coffee table, desk, or nightstand. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    take it daily

    I am a fan of Matthew Fox. This is a perfect dip into the writings and world of the mystics. Not a read straight through book. It is perfect for a daily pick-me-up.

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