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Before I heard about The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, I had been thinking about how such a book has been .

Before I heard about The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, I had been thinking about how such a book has been needed for a long time. But the Christian contemplative path called me back, and in my 40s I entered the Catholic Church, placing myself under the spiritual guidance of Cistercian monks and Benedictine wisdom. What all this means is that I've been able to ponder the meaning of Christian mysticism for people both inside and outside the institutional expression of Christianity (the church).

This "Big Book" is the more comprehensive companion to McColman's "Little Book of Christian Mysticism", which I. .McColman covers his topic well, offering readers a clear picture of what contemplative spirituality is like and the practices it involves

McColman covers his topic well, offering readers a clear picture of what contemplative spirituality is like and the practices it involves. But he leans too much into paradox, in my view, to the point of making unbiblical assertions and blatant contradictions.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE BIG BOOK OF CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM McColman's book on Christian mysticism is a masterpiece of.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE BIG BOOK OF CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM McColman's book on Christian mysticism is a masterpiece of scholarship and wisdom. 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, OFM, author of The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See and Everything Belongs.

It is a big book about a big possibility: the hope of achieving real, blissful, experiential union with God. Among the topics covered here are a general introduction to mysticism, the Bible and mysticism, the history and types of Christian mysticism, biographical sketches of leading. Among the topics covered here are a general introduction to mysticism, the Bible and mysticism, the history and types of Christian mysticism, biographical sketches of leading Christian mystics, and practical instructions about practicing mysticism today. This is a breathtaking work that explores a form of spirituality that has changed lives over the course of 2,000 years

For anyone interested in exploring the who, what, where, when, and why of Christian mysticism, McColman’s big book is a great place to begin.

Carl McColman, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality (San Francisco: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2010), 310pp. For anyone interested in exploring the who, what, where, when, and why of Christian mysticism, McColman’s big book is a great place to begin. See here for our Journey with Jesus weekly webzine for the global church. All free, all the time.

It is a big book about a big possibility: the hope of achieving real, blissful, experiential unison with God. This is a breathtaking work that explores a form of spirituality that has changed lives over the course of 2,000 years

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Carl McColmans Big B.Carl McColman's Big Book of Christian Mysticism is a readable and engaging introduction to Christian contemplative spirituality.

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Mysticism is a topic many people associate with eastern spiritual practices such as Zen Buddhism or yoga. But Christianity has its own mystical tradition with a long and rich history that reaches back to the New Testament -- and remains surprisingly relevant today. The Big Book of Christian Mysticism explores this rich tradition and shows how it can be a powerful tool for transformation and the experience of the Divine. One of the greatest Christian theologians of the twentieth century, Karl Rahner, once said "The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all." Such a statement challenges Christians of our day (we live in Rahner's future!) to consider the role of mysticism in the Christian life. The Big Book of Christian Mysticism does just that. As an introduction to Christian mysticism and an exploration of why mysticism remains relevant in our time, the first part of the book explores the question of what mysticism is, examining its Biblical roots, its paradoxical nature, and how Christian mysticism has evolved over time. The second part of the book considers how mysticism can make a difference in the lives of ordinary Christians today, considering how spiritual practices such as lectio divina, meditation, and contemplative prayer can foster a deeper openness to Divine presence. An extensive list of the greatest Christian mystics, a recommended reading list, and a bibliography round out this in-depth introduction.Selected as one of the best spiritual books of 2010 by spiritualityandpractice.com, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism has been highly praised by a variety of spiritual teachers and authors.

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Road.to sliver
The only thing I can find to say against this book is that it is slightly too inclusive. However, the nature of the topic does, almost necessarily, lend itself to inclusiveness. It is impossible to delineate such an amorphous subject without including or leaving out more than one should. Perhaps it is better to err on the side of inclusiveness and allow the reader to make up their own minds. I do, however, find it unfortunately necessary to defend the work against certain unfair criticisms attached to it by a small minority of reviewers. This book is about mysticism in the Christian sense. Period. Though the author does color his explanations with an occasionally too liberal dose of eastern analogy for the sake of explanation, he is simply using eastern colors to paint a thoroughly western subject. Mysticism, CORRECTLY DEFINED, is as old as Christianity itself. Very few believers would argue against some type of contemplative Christianity, where deep prayer, and an attempt to draw near to God are practiced. That is what is being discussed here. It is unfortunate that, in the public imagination, the word mysticism has gained the meaning of magical, superstitious, and pagan practices. The author even points out, quite directly, what the differences are between Eastern and Christian mysticism. The Christian way is NOT about emptying the mind, but on utilizing and renewing the mind that God gave us for the very purpose of getting to know Him better. It is NOT about useless external rituals, ceremonies, or tricks to try and get God's attention. It is simply about the thing that every Christian is supposed to be about: Drawing closer to God through Jesus Christ and with the help of the Holy Spirit. The only real confusion comes from the newer, incorrect connotation of the word mysticism, and the unfortunate habit of the author to occasionally use familiar Zen ideas to get across purely Christian concepts. I personally wish the author had specifically avoided comparing the paradoxical aspects of mysticism to Zen koans, as the comparison can only lead to stumbling on the part of some who are weaker in understanding. Also, some of the more unnecessary comparisons don't actually work all that well. On the whole, however, this is a very rich and meaningful survey of a very complex subject. It is written with conspicuous grace and insight, yet in an incredibly approachable way. I also found the inclusion of a quite thorough bibliography a very useful touch. The author is unmistakably intent on whetting the appetite of those interested in the subject, guiding them through the basics, and providing them with copious pointers for the road ahead. There is little more that can be done on this particular subject and the author pulls it off admirably.
Monam
Excellent book on not just mysticism but Christianity as well. Author is very clear and a joy to read on a topic that is not easy to grasp. I particularly enjoyed his chapter on paradox, which one must come to terms with in any religion. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and I will definitely be reading his other works.
Also, if you're a Catholic or other Christian attracted to mystical things (like me) but you're hesitant to proceed because our religion discourages things such as the occult, reincarnation, New Age, etc, or you did proceed, and then realized you shouldn't have (like me), because you had insufficient grounding in your own religion, then Christian Mysticism may be just the thing for you. Christian mysticism certainly doesn't encourage the occult and reincarnation, but it's goal is the same: divine union, but with Jesus at the center. Carl does not criticize any religion. His perspective is respectful, honest, and quite insightful.
LoboThommy
This book is a good choice for the person who needs to be encouraged to try the classical Christian approach to contemplative prayer and mysticism. If you have an interest, but have no idea where to start, this book may get you over the hump. If, however, you have already done some exploration of the works of Underhill, Pennington, Merton, St. John of the Cross,Teresa of Avila, and the like, this book will likely disappoint you. It would also be ideal as a small group or Sunday School discussion-starter. The author is a committed Roman Catholic, and his approach is clearly colored by his background. That does not offend anyone, like me, who is from the Western Christian tradition, but I wonder how well received it would be by an Orthodox Christian, not to mention someone from the Eastern traditions like Buddhism or Hinduism. We all are shaped by our own culture and our own experience, but it helps when we are well versed in other religions and their perspective if we attempt to describe them or comment upon them. McColman is unconvincing in his treatment of those other mystics.
The book does have a useful bibliography and reading list in the appendix, which is strongest in its treatment of Roman Christian authors and mystics. My own perspective is that this is not a book which you will keep on your shelf very long, no matter how useful it becomes to you. If it succeeds for you, you will quickly move on to others which you will want to keep around; if it disappoints you, you will want to give it away. For that reason, I suggest that you purchase the Kindle edition, as I did. The reading list will always be there in the Cloud for reference, and my shelf space can be saved for books I need to pick up and show to other folks.
Kalv
Slow reading, as I expected, as this topic is not meant to be hurried through but mulled over and contemplated.
Alien
Great book for those who didn't think that there was mysticism in Christianity. Christian mysticism invites us to look at Christ, our souls, at God, , sin, holiness, and the church. Christian mysticism then is our personal experience as we come into union with God and His presence in our life both externally and internally as we explore prayer, meditation, and contemplation.
Contancia
The way of the Christian mystic is often misunderstood or viewed with suspicion. I see a tension today between traditional Christians, very concerned with staying on the right path, and more open-minded seekers, who sometimes blur the lines to the point of syncretism. I am especially pleased and impressed with the author's sensitivity toward both camps. Here is a balanced, well-researched guide to that which can not be fully explained. It must be experienced, and I sense that this a work based on genuine experience. The author has seamlessly weaved history, theology, and thought-provoking insights in an often conversational and always encouraging style which kept me engaged and wanting more. I highly recommend this book.
Darkshaper
this has to be ONE of the BEST books I have read in eons...would love to be able to buy one for all my fiends..so cool!
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality download epub
Christian Living
Author: Carl McColman
ISBN: 1571746242
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Christian Living
Language: English
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; n edition (August 1, 2010)
Pages: 320 pages