Growing Into God: A Beginner's Guide to Christian Mysticism
For many people, the word mysticism conjures up occult, secretive rituals held after midnight in some dark cave. But true mysticism isnít at all sinister or secretive, says author John Mabry, an Anglican-rite Congregational minister. In fact, mysticism is at the heart of an authentic Christian life. It is nothing more and nothing less than the pursuit-and enjoyment-of union with God, which is the goal of all Christian spirituality. Christian mysticism is the discipline of growing the soul into Godóshedding illusory identities, deepening prayer, seeing God in all things, and acting as Christ in the world.
Mabryís great passion is to bring theology to everyday life by explaining complex ideas in everyday language that anyone can understand and find useful. In Growing into God, he ďdemystifiesĒ mysticism, providing a friendly and accessible entry point to some of the teachings, practices, and experiences of the Christian mystical tradition. Mabry explores the classic mystical journey, which begins with the Awakening of a unitive consciousness that experiences everything as Divine and interconnected. The journey continues with Purgation, in which we empty ourselves of illusion; Illumination, in which we begin to see God in all things and all things in God; and, finally, Union, in which we marry our lives with Godís life. Our hands become Godís hands, our lips become Godís lips, our touch becomes Godís touch, in order to bring help, comfort, and healing to the world.
Along the way, and with an entertaining teacherís clarity, Mabry recounts the stories of many Christian mystics, including inspiring quotations. He also enriches each chapter with questions and answers to simplify points as well as experiential practices to help readers embark upon the mystical journey themselves.
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Review: Growing into God: A Beginner's Guide to Christian MysticismUser Review - lisa - Goodreads
Growing into God provides an easily manageable overview of the study of Christian mysticism. I appreciated the range of writers included in the discussion, from ancient to 20th century, and that both ... Read full review
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Very intriguing and interesting book - this book definitely makes you think and analyze your own thoughts and opinions... would recommend it. Read full review
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