The Big Book of Christian Mysticism (Paperback)

The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality

By Carl McColman

Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 9781571746245, 309pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2010

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In popular usage, amysticisma typically refers to New Age or Eastern forms of spirituality. However, the mystical tradition is also an important component of the Christian tradition. At its heartaand much like its expression in other faith traditionsaChristian mysticism is an ancient practice that incorporates meditation, contemplation, worship, philosophy, the quest for personal enlightenment, and the experience of Divine presence.
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 unison 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 todayas seekers, regardless of the faith tradition.
aThe mystic is not a special kind of person; every person is a special kind of mytic.a aWilliam McNamara.