Love Burning in the Soul: The Story of Christian Mystics, from Saint Paul to Thomas Merton  -     By: James Harpur
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Random House, Inc / 2005 / Paperback

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The heart of the Christian faith is a direct encounter with God so profound that it can be referred to as union. It is an experience that cannot be described in words, but it can be glimpsed-in the radiant lives of the men and women called mystics. Here James Harpur presents the stories of some of the most influential Christian mystics from the past two thousand years. He provides their historical and ecclesiastical contexts, as well as appreciations of the unique contributions of each of them to the ongoing articulation of the way of love and union. Love Burning in the Soul is a comprehensive and highly readable survey of the great Christian mystical tradition for everyone. Included are:

Clement of Alexandria * Gregory of Nyssa * John Scotus Eriugena * Bernard of Clairvaux * Hildegard of Bingen * Francis of Assisi * Mechtild of Magdeburg * Meister Eckhart * John Tauler * Jan van Ruysbroeck * Gregory Palamas * Richard Rolle * Julian of Norwich * Catherine of Siena * Jacob Boehme * George Fox * Teresa of Avila * Frangois Finelon * Jean Pierre de Caussade * William Blake * Pierre Teilhard de Chardin * Thomas Merton * And many others

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1590301129
ISBN-13: 9781590301128
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The heart of the Christian faith is a direct encounter with God so profound that it can be referred to as union. It is an experience that cannot be described in words, but it can be glimpsed—in the radiant lives of the men and women called mystics. Here James Harpur presents the stories of some of the most influential Christian mystics from the past two thousand years. He provides their historical and ecclesiastical contexts, as well as appreciations of the unique contributions of each of them to the ongoing articulation of the way of love and union. Love Burning in the Soul is a comprehensive and highly readable survey of the great Christian mystical tradition for everyone. Included are:

Clement of Alexandria * Gregory of Nyssa * John Scotus Eriugena * Bernard of Clairvaux * Hildegard of Bingen * Francis of Assisi * Mechtild of Magdeburg * Meister Eckhart * John Tauler * Jan van Ruysbroeck * Gregory Palamas * Richard Rolle * Julian of Norwich * Catherine of Siena * Jacob Boehme * George Fox * Teresa of Ávila * François Fénelon * Jean Pierre de Caussade * William Blake * Pierre Teilhard de Chardin * Thomas Merton * Many others

Author Bio

James Harpur studied Classics and English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has had a lifelong interest in the spiritual and mystical aspects of religion. He has written a number of books on religion, particularly the Christian mystical tradition, including Sacred Tracks: Two Thousand Years of Christian Pilgrimage and The Atlas of Sacred Places. He is also a prize-winning poet whose three collections of verse reflect his interest in the Christian contemplative tradition.

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"James Harpur has written an excellent historical overview of the Christian mystical tradition for those who want to dip their toes into that vast ocean. He presents the mystics as human beings immersed in the stream of human history, which makes it easier to sort them out and remember them. I salute him for including some important figures often left out of the usual surveys."—Tessa Bielecki, author of Teresa of Ávila: Ecstasy and Common Sense

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    Interesting church history book
    March 10, 2012
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    I am still in the middle of reading this book. I am a slow reader and just read a few pages before bed. The one thing this book needs is a glossary. I have a lot of trouble figuring out some of the complicated descriptive words and the names of some of the mystics and the types of Christian eras. I do like the history that is in this book. The book just sort of skims over each mystic, but it is - shall I say "enlightening".

    I'm just beginning to study the mystics and this is a good start.
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