Radiance: A Spiritual Memoir of Evelyn Underhill
Radiance: A Spiritual Memoir of Evelyn Underhill   -     By: Bernard Bangley
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With excerpts from both her published writings and private journals, this compilation presents a candid look at the extraordinary spiritual journey of Evelyn Underhill, who is credited with the modern rediscovery of mysticism. Clarifies how her views changed; discusses little-known struggles. 224 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1557253552
ISBN-13: 9781557253552

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Underhill (1875-1941) is generally acknowledged as one of the great authorities on mysticism; her 1907 book Mysticism is still a widely used classic in the field. Retired Presbyterian minister Bangley has assembled an anthology of Underhill's writings that form an oblique spiritual biography of this extremely reticent Englishwoman; it is as much the story of a soul as anything in English. Mysticism, in Underhill's life as well as in her fine writings, was at once normal, complex, and demanding: "No love without pain." Slight alterations in Underhill's own syntax and diction, made for readability, prevent the volume from making a scholarly as well as popular contribution, but many readers should still be pleased with this primer. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) is perhaps best known for her 1911 classic, Mysticism, continuously in print to the present day. An English laywoman with no theological education, she wrote more than 30 spirituality books, lectured to Oxford scholars and Church of England clergy, led spiritual retreats and encouraged ecumenism decades before women began to assume religious leadership. Bangley has selected excerpts from her published writings, journals, letters and speeches to show Underhill's personal spiritual development as she moved from cool academic reflection through struggle and doubt to settled trust: "I do feel that trusting God must mean trusting Him through thick and thin." One reason for Underhill's popularity may have been her view that mysticism was for everybody, in all circumstances: "The true mystic quest may as well be fulfilled in the market as in the cloister, by Joan of Arc on the battlefield as by Simeon Stylites on his pillar." Hers was no self-absorbed, feel-good spirituality, however: "Any spiritual view which focuses attention on ourselves, and puts the human creature with its small ideas and adventures in the center foreground, is dangerous till we recognize its absurdity." Her God was transcendent: "a Reality independent of the worshipper, which is always more or less deeply colored by mystery, and which is there first." Despite its subtitle, this book is not really a memoir; Underhill wrote in the first person only in her journals and, in any case, distrusted subjective experience. It is nevertheless a captivating introduction to one of the 20th century's most appealing spiritual writers. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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