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Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages celebrates the many types of mystics, visionaries, wisdom keepers, and non-dualists whose spiritual insight and perceptive teachings have illuminated the Christian tradition for the past two thousand years. Looking at 108 mystics from Biblical times to the present day, this user-friendly guide shows how the spiritual masters o Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages celebrates the many types of mystics, visionaries, wisdom keepers, and non-dualists whose spiritual insight and perceptive teachings have illuminated the Christian tradition for the past two thousand years. Looking at 108 mystics from Biblical times to the present day, this user-friendly guide shows how the spiritual masters of the western tradition provide a variety of paths into the transforming heart of God. Everyone needs teachers and companions to guide and nurture us in developing rich interior lives -- as we seek to respond to the beatifying, deifying love of God. The mystics, whose legacy includes sublime poetry, fascinating autobiographies, and potentially life-changing teachings, can help anyone find greater love, purpose, and a deeper sense of God's presence. But the mystics are not a uniform bunch, which is why this book is such an essential guide to their lives, wisdom, and essential teachings. Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, organizes the mystics into nine categories: visionaries, confessors, lovers, poets, saints, heretics, wisdom keepers, soul-friends, and unitives. By profiling twelve examples of great mystics and spiritual teachers in each category, the book can help you to learn more about the mystics, and identify those whose writings will be most valuable to you as you pursue your own adventure of falling ever more deeply in love with God. All of the most famous Christian mystics are profiled here: figures like Teresa of Ávila, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, Evelyn Underhill, Thomas Merton, and anonymous masters like the authors of classics like The Cloud of Unknowing or The Way of a Pilgrim. But the book also will introduce you to many lesser known (but truly wonderful) mystical geniuses, such as Beatrice of Nazareth, Gregory of Narek, and Coventry Patmore. Nor does the book shy away from living (or recently living) mystics: visionaries such as Howard Thurman, Sara Grant, Kenneth Leech, and Bruno Barnhart are all included. This informative volume will appeal to those who buy religious reference books and anyone interested in Christian mysticism or western spirituality. But it's more than just a history book or an encyclopedia: Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages is a curated celebration of western spiritual wisdom, making it accessible for all seekers today.


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Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages celebrates the many types of mystics, visionaries, wisdom keepers, and non-dualists whose spiritual insight and perceptive teachings have illuminated the Christian tradition for the past two thousand years. Looking at 108 mystics from Biblical times to the present day, this user-friendly guide shows how the spiritual masters o Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages celebrates the many types of mystics, visionaries, wisdom keepers, and non-dualists whose spiritual insight and perceptive teachings have illuminated the Christian tradition for the past two thousand years. Looking at 108 mystics from Biblical times to the present day, this user-friendly guide shows how the spiritual masters of the western tradition provide a variety of paths into the transforming heart of God. Everyone needs teachers and companions to guide and nurture us in developing rich interior lives -- as we seek to respond to the beatifying, deifying love of God. The mystics, whose legacy includes sublime poetry, fascinating autobiographies, and potentially life-changing teachings, can help anyone find greater love, purpose, and a deeper sense of God's presence. But the mystics are not a uniform bunch, which is why this book is such an essential guide to their lives, wisdom, and essential teachings. Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, organizes the mystics into nine categories: visionaries, confessors, lovers, poets, saints, heretics, wisdom keepers, soul-friends, and unitives. By profiling twelve examples of great mystics and spiritual teachers in each category, the book can help you to learn more about the mystics, and identify those whose writings will be most valuable to you as you pursue your own adventure of falling ever more deeply in love with God. All of the most famous Christian mystics are profiled here: figures like Teresa of Ávila, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, Evelyn Underhill, Thomas Merton, and anonymous masters like the authors of classics like The Cloud of Unknowing or The Way of a Pilgrim. But the book also will introduce you to many lesser known (but truly wonderful) mystical geniuses, such as Beatrice of Nazareth, Gregory of Narek, and Coventry Patmore. Nor does the book shy away from living (or recently living) mystics: visionaries such as Howard Thurman, Sara Grant, Kenneth Leech, and Bruno Barnhart are all included. This informative volume will appeal to those who buy religious reference books and anyone interested in Christian mysticism or western spirituality. But it's more than just a history book or an encyclopedia: Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages is a curated celebration of western spiritual wisdom, making it accessible for all seekers today.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    A good overview of Christian mystics. I have a problem though with the title of one group , ‘Heretics’. To the neophyte or non discerning reader, it might be the case that the term is taken literally as it applies to the 12 mystics in this section and that would be misleading. McColman sees them as controversial and rabble-rousers; perhaps a better title would have been ‘The Rebels’. All in all, though, a good selection and introduction that should lead interested readers into a deeper study on A good overview of Christian mystics. I have a problem though with the title of one group , ‘Heretics’. To the neophyte or non discerning reader, it might be the case that the term is taken literally as it applies to the 12 mystics in this section and that would be misleading. McColman sees them as controversial and rabble-rousers; perhaps a better title would have been ‘The Rebels’. All in all, though, a good selection and introduction that should lead interested readers into a deeper study on the the topic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Griffin

    Good introduction to a chunk of Christian mystics, across denominations. The author mentions it as "speed-dating" the mystics and it's true, he gives you just a sample of 108 mystics and a recommended reading after each one so that you can pick your favorites from his descriptions and continue your journey from there. Good resource book Good introduction to a chunk of Christian mystics, across denominations. The author mentions it as "speed-dating" the mystics and it's true, he gives you just a sample of 108 mystics and a recommended reading after each one so that you can pick your favorites from his descriptions and continue your journey from there. Good resource book

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jane Comer

    McColman includes short biographies of 108 mystics. He also includes a book title written by each one. This way one can find a mystic of interest and then reads further how the mystic chracterized his/her mystical experience and its effect.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Review forthcoming in Publishers Weekly. A biographical reference / study guide to 108 Christian mystics from Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East throughout Christian history to the present day. Short biographical entries organized under nine thematic headings ("visionaries," "poets") provide a teaser of sorts regarding the mystic's life and a title for suggested further reading. It is a bit difficult to identify the target audience for this reader, as individual biographies are not quite meat Review forthcoming in Publishers Weekly. A biographical reference / study guide to 108 Christian mystics from Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East throughout Christian history to the present day. Short biographical entries organized under nine thematic headings ("visionaries," "poets") provide a teaser of sorts regarding the mystic's life and a title for suggested further reading. It is a bit difficult to identify the target audience for this reader, as individual biographies are not quite meaty enough to make for effective discussion or study group reading, yet the entries themselves are not authoritatively bio- or bibliographical enough to make for a full-blown reference work. Potentially useful as introductory matter for a semester-long Sunday school course or similar on mysticism, supplemented by primary sources written by the mystics in question, and other scholarly materials about the individuals.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Hoskins

    This is really readable and well organized. Mystics are organized into about 6 types: Lovers, Confessors, Poets, Heretics (which I tempted to skip to, but want to find out about all the mystics included), etc. I am reading each word. Of course some of the people I like better than others and am not as interested in and get a little glazed over. They are not all Catholic. There is no longer than a page or 2 for each entry. Very nice quotes from the mystic that gives a taste of their beliefs. Ther This is really readable and well organized. Mystics are organized into about 6 types: Lovers, Confessors, Poets, Heretics (which I tempted to skip to, but want to find out about all the mystics included), etc. I am reading each word. Of course some of the people I like better than others and am not as interested in and get a little glazed over. They are not all Catholic. There is no longer than a page or 2 for each entry. Very nice quotes from the mystic that gives a taste of their beliefs. There are further reading suggestions, if you want to find out more about a particular mystic. The author also offers some ideas to try about the style of mysticism that is practiced and presented.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    An introduction to the the Christian Mystics

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