Practical Mysticism

Practical Mysticism

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by Evelyn Underhill
     
 

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Practical Mysticism is a work by one of the foremost 20th century Christian mystics, Evelyn Underhill. Her book, Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, is the authoritative text of modern mysticism. This shorter work, Practical Mysticism, is an abridged version of Underhill's theology, and is a perfect starting point for immersion…  See more details below

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Practical Mysticism is a work by one of the foremost 20th century Christian mystics, Evelyn Underhill. Her book, Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, is the authoritative text of modern mysticism. This shorter work, Practical Mysticism, is an abridged version of Underhill's theology, and is a perfect starting point for immersion into the subject. It is written, to some extent, with non-Christians in mind, so Underhill is at her simplest here, yet her language is still poetic and enjoyable to read. Topics are addressed broadly, and Chapter 1, "What is Mysticism?" ("the art of union with reality, she says) is an enlightening place for those unfamiliar with the topic to begin. She invites the reader to become involved in mysticism, giving simple examples of how it is relevant to everyday people. Underhill was greatly influenced by mystics such as St. Teresa, Ruysbroeck, St. Augustine, and Thomas a Kempis, and examples from these writers, as well as poets like Keats and Whitman, are sprinkled throughout the book. A fine place to start before diving into her more intense works, Practical Mysticism has captivated generations of readers, and is still the premier text for the introductory study of mysticism.

Abby Zwart
CCEL Staff Writer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013012028
Publisher:
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Publication date:
09/08/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
407 KB

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Evelyn Underhill - (1875-1941), Anglican author on mysticism

Evelyn Underhill was one of the premiere authors on mysticism of the twentieth century.

Born in Wolverhampton, England in 1875 to barrister Sir Arthur Underhill and his wife, Evelyn was educated at home and at King's College for Women. In 1907 she married Hubert Stuart Moore, also a barrister. In that year she also underwent an experience of conversion to Christianity. Much of the rest of her life became a quest to find the meaning of her early religious experiences. Throughout the rest of her life she moved from Neoplatonist to Theist to Christocentric Christian.

The first book resulting from this interest was Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, published in 1911. This book remains the classic in its field. She later wrote numerous other book on mysticism and other topics, including Practical Mysticism, also available at the CCEL.

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I discovered this little treasure while resershing for a book I'm presently wirting. I judge a good book by these three things: One, it confirms that which I have come to know through life experience. Two, it leads me further on the path and three it leaves me desiring more. This little book with its 86 power packed pages satisfys all three. Even if one does not think his or herself to be practicing to become a mystic, no matter what religion, this is a practical guide to discovering Spirit at new and higher levels. I highly recommend this little gem to all who are seeking to understand life in a much broader, richer and more meaningful way.