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This revised and expanded edition offers a big possibility: the hope of achieving real, experiential union with God.
"The Christian of the future will be a mystic--or will not exist." This word of warning from theologian Karl Rahner was uttered half a century ago, and today, Christianity is indeed in crisis. Is mysticism necessary for the survival of Christianity? What exactly is Christian mysticism? How can it be relevant in our crisis-ridden world? Questions like these inspire The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism, a newly updated edition from beloved spiritual teacher and bestselling author Carl McColman.
The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism serves as both introduction and practical instruction for a living contemplative practice today. In addition to the overview of mysticism, spiritual and prayer practices in mysticism, the various types of mysticism in Christian tradition, and influential mystics through the millennia, this second edition offers an embodied understanding of the mystic life with a more diverse range of voices and perspectives, from Howard Thurman to Pauli Murray. It also includes new chapters and themes that address embodied mysticism, contemplation and social justice, and the ongoing relevance of Jesus's message of radical equality and inclusivity.
This bigger book introduces both Christians and non-Christians to the contemplative tradition within Christianity, a tradition that has often been marginalized or cloistered (to the church's detriment). As a practice-oriented book, this is an invitation to embrace the mystical element within Christianity--a practice that can equip faithful persons with a joyful sense of divine intimacy, not just for personal benefit but as a foundation to a life of service and activism in the interest of justice.
McColman's overview of mysticism shows how it has been practiced and lived through the centuries and will prove inspirational for today's seekers, regardless of their faith tradition. At its heart, Christian mysticism is an ancient practice that incorporates meditation, contemplation, worship, philosophy, the quest for enlightenment, the thirst for a better world, and the experience of divine presence.
|Title: The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism: An Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality|
By: Carl McColman
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Broadleaf Books
Publication Date: 2023
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces
Stock No: WW486840
Carl McColman is a contemplative writer, storyteller, podcaster, and spiritual director. He is a life-professed member of a lay Cistercian community under the spiritual guidance of Trappist monks. He is the author of numerous books, including Eternal Heart, and regularly speaks and leads retreats on topics related to Christian mysticism, Celtic spirituality, and interfaith dialogue. Carl and his wife, artist Fran McColman, live near Atlanta, Georgia.
"Mysticism is not mystifying at all, but simple, always available, and utterly clarifying. Carl McColman's much-needed book will allow you to experience this for yourself! Christians and all Seekers will find both meat and dessert in such a full meal." --Richard Rohr
"A wise and supportive guidebook for those going deeper on the Christian mystical path. This book is grounded in sound scholarship and thoughtful reflection, but what makes it sing is the authenticity of the author's own contemplative journey." --Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening and The Wisdom Jesus
"If you identify as Christian, make this book a new Gospel. If you are not, read it as a catalyst to finding the mystic heart of your own spiritual identity." --Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent
"Comprehensive, accessible, and dynamic, Carl McColman's New Big Book of Christian Mysticism is a masterpiece! Offering a rich mix of history, clear explanation, attention to the social dimension, inclusivity, community, and resources for further learning, The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism leads us gently into the deeply ordinary, very human, keenly subversive and joyful activity we simply call contemplation. A must-read for every spiritual seeker!" --Carmen Acevedo Butcher, translator of The Cloud of Unknowing, Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence, and Hildegard of Bingen
"Carl McColman's The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism is accessible for those brand new to mysticism and a deep dive for those who have been studying it a lifetime. In this new edition, McColman explores mysticism's direct connection to topics like embodiment, social justice, eroticism, and sexuality, inviting the reader into mysticism's aliveness." --Cassidy Hall, award-winning filmmaker, podcaster, and author of Queering Contemplation: Finding Queerness in the Roots and Future of Contemplative Spirituality
"A mystic is one whose eyes are open to seeing the Eternal in every fleeting moment of human life on this earth, and whose heart is open to the Love that permeates each and every thing in this universe. This new volume lays out more of the rich treasures of the Christian tradition for those aspiring to awaken their mystic heart." --Ruben L. F. Habito, author of Be Still and Know: Zen and the Bible and Living Zen, Loving God
"Bringing mysticism and contemplation out of the clouds and down to earth, Carl provides everyday mystics and spiritual seekers with a portal to embrace the Presence unceasingly. In this extraordinary contribution, Carl ushers the discussion into contemporary times by noting the ongoing impact of Christian mysticism on struggles for liberation and human dignity. I believe the timeless wisdom contained in this volume will feed and enlighten those who follow in our footsteps." --Lerita Coleman Brown, professor of psychology emerita, spiritual companion, and author of What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman
"With The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Carl McColman has reawakened in me that deep, radical, relational tenderness that first called me into the practices and lineage of Christian mysticism. This book offers helpful definition without ceasing to dance, and makes present both the mystery of Presence and the wonderful companionship of those who have gone before us." --Alana Levandoski, singer-songwriter whose albums include Behold, I Make All Things New and Hymns from the Icons
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