Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages / Edition 1

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About the Author

Ursula King is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol in England, where she directed the Centre for Comparative Studies in Religion and Gender for several years. She is also Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo. Besides her interest in mysticism and spirituality, she is particularly concerned with the image, status, and experience of women in the world religions, and with questions of interfaith dialogue. She has published numerous articles and books, including Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin and Women and Spirituality: Voices of Protest and Promise, and has lectured widely throughout the world. She is married, has four daughters, and lives in England.

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Editorial Reviews

...This historically and spiritually rich narrative provides insight into a phenomenon that is currently enjoying a renaissance.
Ewert Cousins
In an era when interest in Mysticism is flourishing, this book provides a much-needed panorama of Christian Mysticism through the ages. With Ursula King's learned guidance, the reader meets the great mystical teachers of the past and is given a glimpse of the new mysticism of the future.
Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Greg Tobin
A comprehensive, lucid, and inspiring history of the most intriguing and influential aspect of Christian spirituality. Especially interesting: the author addresses the influence of non-Western religious traditions on contemporary mystics. This book is incredibly rich and rewarding.
former editor-in-chief of Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc., and author of The Wisdom of St. Patrick
Keith J. Egan
With verve, clarity and brevity Ursula King brings alive the Christian Mystics. These mystics have lived life to the full with an utter love of God and a fierce commitment to their neighbor.
Professor of Theology, Saint Mary's College and Adjunct Professor of Theology, Notre Dame University
Library Journal introductory text and an excellent text...recommended.
Michael Sells
Ursula King's Christian Mystics offers a distinctive perspective on spirituality. The author presents the Christian mystical tradition through short biographies of its great figures, biographies which are highly readable without oversimplifying the ideas of these great figures. This is an outstanding entryway into the rich and deep world of Christian mysticism, recommended for readers of all backgrounds.
Professor of Comparative Religions, Haverford College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587680120
  • Publisher: HiddenSpring
  • Publication date: 9/4/2001
  • Series: Hiddenspring Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 965,247
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula King is Professor Emertius in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol. Widely known internationally, her many publications include several books on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and women in world religions. She now works freelance on comparative spirituality, interfaith dialogue and wider issues of religion and gender.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Christian Mysticism Revealed

    Christian Mystics by Ursla King is one of the most concise books I've read on Christian Mysticism. King covers the subject matter historically, comparatively with other forms of mysticism, and in detail through the biographies of individual mystics who have left us insight into their experiences through their writings. If one is beginning to explore this subject or already well read on Divine Union, Christian Mystics will be a rich source for the seeker as well as an interesting, well written read for the merely curious.

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