Sitting with Sufis: A Christian Experience of Learning the Spirituality of Islam

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In Mary Blye Howe's A Baptist Among the Jews, she offered a powerful, personal account of her journey into Judaism. Now, as she continues her spiritual journey and honest explorations of the traditions that are first cousins to her native Christianity, Howe discovers the depths of the Sufi tradition. Through informative detail and enlightening descriptions of spiritual practices, Howe reveals the exhilarating freedom and joy that come with discovering new aspects of God. She introduces us to some of the West's ...
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In Mary Blye Howe's A Baptist Among the Jews, she offered a powerful, personal account of her journey into Judaism. Now, as she continues her spiritual journey and honest explorations of the traditions that are first cousins to her native Christianity, Howe discovers the depths of the Sufi tradition. Through informative detail and enlightening descriptions of spiritual practices, Howe reveals the exhilarating freedom and joy that come with discovering new aspects of God. She introduces us to some of the West's most important Sufi teachers as they tell stories, share laughter, and travel across the world to Sufi holy sites. In her personal style, Howe also explores the mysteries of the sema—the meditation movement that made Rumi famous—and invites us to experience what it is like to whirl at midnight under a starlit sky on a ranch in the Texas Hill country. This important book will appeal to everyone who was drawn into another religious world by A Baptist Among the Jews. Mary Blye Howe shows once again how there is beauty in other religious traditions and how it can be discovered even if from the outside.
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The Christian author of A Baptist Among the Jews continues her walk through the Abrahamic religious traditions with this spiritual memoir of her introduction to and practice of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam. Sufism in America is known to many through the poetry of Rumi, and Howe's experience reflects this; she quotes the popular poet frequently as she tells her own story, which begins with a retreat in Texas that introduced her to Sufism's prayers and rituals. Her narrative paints Sufism in lively action, including the whirling ecstatic dance known as sema and the repetitive chanting prayer known as zhikr. Howe says her Christian journey began at a point of "spiritual rigidity" but evolved to make room for ritual and mystery, which she found first in Judaism and subsequently in devotional Sufism. The insights and practices she has learned in these traditions that are related to Christianity serve to deepen and intensify her relationship with God. Those curious about the content, history or structure of Sufism and its many sects will need another book that more specifically addresses Sufi beliefs and practices. However, those seeking to affirm the universalism of core teachings of different religions, and those drawn to the mystical religious path, will welcome this small memoir. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557254153
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2005
  • Series: Many Mansions Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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