The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality

by Carl McColman
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The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
WALIGORSKI More than 1 year ago
This is a very informative book for anyone who wishes to understand the Christian mystics. It is well written, easy to understand and well worth the time to read. If you want to increase your knowledge of the Contemplative path this book will serve has a good reference book. This book brought me back from Eastern mysticism to explore anew my Western spiritual roots.
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MaribethM More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent introduction to a rather murky and difficult topic. It offers a variety of ways to think about mysticism, both in general and as a Christian phenomenon, and then offers a wealth of practical advice for anyone who wants to explore mystical spirituality for themselves. It concludes with a list of recommended books to explore and a wonderful bibliography. It's not often you'll find a book on this topic that is interesting and thoughtful, but written for a general audience. But that's what this book does. And if you like this one, also check out "The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader" by the same author -- a look at the mysticism of C. S. Lewis as revealed in the Narnia books.
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OtterB More than 1 year ago
I found this book highly readable, enjoyable, and thought-provoking. I own a hard copy but think I'm going to get a Nook version also so I'll have it with me to dip into while I'm traveling. I liked it all, but the part that most changed my perspective on contemplative prayer was the chapter on paradoxes. It's fascinating to view the seeming paradoxes of the spiritual life - for example, God is immanent vs. God is transcendent - as, not troubling contradictions where one must find the "right" answer, but indications of the mystery where the answer is not either/or, but both.
JREwing More than 1 year ago
Why is this book not available for the Nook? I don't buy from any author who signs exclusive deals with Amazon.