The Way of the Mystics: Ancient Wisdom for Experiencing God Today

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Who is a mystic? Simply put, a mystic is someone who believes there are realities to life that are beyond what can be perceived by our rational minds or described in words, and not only believes this in the abstract, but practices it concretely. If you are a Christian-Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic-who is living a vital, spirit-filled relationship with God you can be considered a mystic and can learn spiritual practices from those who have gone before.

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Overview

Who is a mystic? Simply put, a mystic is someone who believes there are realities to life that are beyond what can be perceived by our rational minds or described in words, and not only believes this in the abstract, but practices it concretely. If you are a Christian-Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic-who is living a vital, spirit-filled relationship with God you can be considered a mystic and can learn spiritual practices from those who have gone before.

The Way of the Mystics invites us to take a journey to the heart of our faith by examining the stories of thirteen of Christian history's most revered mystics. These spiritual pioneers devoted their lives to exploring a deeper communion with God and through their examples show us how we can apply spiritual wisdom to our own lives.

The mystics featured in this book are from different centuries, countries, and Christian traditions but all have been divinely blessed to transcend the limitations of worldly concerns and fully enter the spiritual realm-a place that so often seems closed off to us. The Way of the Mystics offers insights into the lives of such familiar figures as St. Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Merton, and others. The authors explore these spiritual giants' experiences, the movements they founded or influenced, and the controversies they generated, offering nuggets of truth distilled from their voluminous and often enigmatic writings. In addition, the book offers practical suggestions for applying the mystics' wisdom to our lives, enabling us to better pursue a deeper relationship with God.

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"For too long the moral has been a substitute for the mystical.  This fine study places the mystics back at the center of Christianity. These spiritual elders tell us that all true religion must be grounded in experiential knowledge of God, "a lump in the throat", and not just ideas about God."
--Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"In this day and age when our feet and our hearts seem to go in so many different directions -- how good it is to find in this book an offering of earthy men and women whose feet and hearts were drawn like a magnet to the Divine.  The Way of the Mystics will be a very good companion for anyone who is searching for intimacy with God.  I joyfully recommend it."
--Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., monastic, author, spiritual guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787975722
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/21/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Michael Talbot is the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a creative Franciscan community that is helping to revitalize ancient contemplative and monastic traditions in the twenty-first century. Known as the "Troubadour for the Lord," Talbot is Catholic music's number one recording artist with over thirty albums to his credit and sales topping four million copies.

Steve Rabey is a prolific writer who has written numerous books and hundreds of articles about religion, spirituality, history, and popular culture for magazines, newspapers, and Web sites. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Christianity Today, New Age, and Publishers Weekly.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Journey to the Heart of Our Faith 1
The Way of the Desert: Antony and the Desert Fathers 13
The Way of Love: Bernard of Clairvaux 31
The Way of Visions: Hildegard of Bingen 47
The Way of Joy: Francis of Assisi 63
The Way of Suffering: Catherine of Siena 81
The Way of Service: Ignatius of Loyola 97
The Way of Union: Teresa of Avila 115
The Way of Darkness: John of the Cross 133
The Way of the Artist: John Donne and England's Metaphysical Poets 151
The Way of the Inner Light: George Fox 167
The Way of the Pilgrim: Lessons on Prayer from an Unknown Seeker 185
The Way of Childlike Love: Therese of Lisieux 203
The Way of the Modern Mystic: Thomas Merton 217
The Authors 233
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