Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages

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Paulist Press, 1998 - Religion - 270 pages
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"Ursula King's Christian Mystics offers a distinctive perspective on spirituality. The author presents the Christian mystical tradition through short biographies of its great figures, biographies which are highly readable without oversimplifying the ideas of these great figures. This is an outstanding entryway into the rich and deep world of Christian mysticism, recommended for readers of all backgrounds." - Michael Sells (Professor of Comparative Religions, Haverford College).

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Mystics, those men and women who seek a deep and direct experience with the presence of God, are found across the religious spectrum. Their appeal transcends the boundaries of their own particular ... Read full review

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A great Introduction, July 19, 2003
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This was the first book that I read on the topic of Mysticism.
Ursula King did a great job:
a) making the chapters and sections an easy read (explaining terms, providing further research information, providing a comprehensive look at each mystic, and talking about various movements and schools of thought within Christianity and Christian mysticism).
b) compiling the lives of 60 men and women of God from ancient Antiquity 'till modern times.
c) not making this book be partisan to any particular Christian faith (she analyses the lives and influence of Catholic as well as Protestant and Eastern Orthodox mystics).
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At its core, Christian mysticism is defined as Contemplation: contemplations on Christ's life & sacrifice, and of God's love towards humanity. As such this book has had a refreshing spiritual benefit in my life.
 

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