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

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  • Copyright: 8/1/2010
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

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This volume is a comprehensive introduction and guide to Christian mysticism. It is a big book about a big possibility: the hope of achieving real, blissful, experiential union with God. Among the topics covered here are a general introduction to mysticism, the Bible and mysticism, the history and types of Christian mysticism, biographical sketches of leading Christian mystics, and practical instructions about practicing mysticism today.This is a breathtaking work that explores a form of spirituality that has changed lives over the course of 2,000 years. Learning about Christian mysticism and how it has been articulated through the centuries will prove inspirational for today?s seekers, regardless of the faith tradition.

Author Biography

Carl McColman is a blogger (www.anamchara.com) and a lay associate of the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
The Christian Mysteryp. 13
Hidden in Plain Sightp. 15
Defining Mysticismp. 23
How Mysticism Became Christianp. 37
The Evolution of Christian Mysticismp. 47
Christian Mysticism and World Mysticismp. 57
Why Mysticism Mattersp. 65
The Mystical Paradoxesp. 75
Christianity's Best-Kept Secretp. 121
The Contemplative Lifep. 131
The Mystical Bodyp. 133
Kenosis and Perichoresisp. 159
The Path of Holinessp. 167
The Journey that Isn't a Journeyp. 183
Lectio Divinap. 189
The Heavenly Conversationp. 201
Prayer Beyond Wordsp. 219
Wood, Water, and Winep. 235
The Heart of the Mysteryp. 247
The Communion of Mysticsp. 258
A Contemplative Reading Listp. 272
Online Resourcesp. 282
Endnotesp. 284
Selected Bibliographyp. 289
Recent and Contemporary Christian Contemplativesp. 294
Resources on Christian Mysticismp. 299
Other Worthwhile Sourcesp. 306
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