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by John Michael Talbot


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St John of the Cross helps us to better understand, "the dark night of the soul" times

St John of the Cross helps us to better understand, "the dark night of the soul" times. Times when we hold on to God in the face of suffering or questions or wondering where is God. His response, "take up your cross. obey God and you will move toward his light.

The mystics featured in this book In The Way of the Mystics we are invited to take a journey to the heart of our faith by examining .

The mystics featured in this book In The Way of the Mystics we are invited to take a journey to the heart of our faith by examining the stories of thirteen of Christian history's most revered mystics. These spiritual pioneers devoted their lives to exploring a deeper communion with God and through their examples show us how we can apply spiritual wisdom to our own lives. This book presents different ways they various famous religious figures have gotten closer to God. The book is written from a Catholic perspective although not all the figures are Roman Catholic. I found the book interesting although several of the people are difficult for a contemporary person to really understand.

The mystics featured in this book are from different centuries, countries . Tap Into the Wisdom of the Mystics John Michael Talbot is the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a creative Franciscan community that is helping to revitalize.

The mystics featured in this book are from different centuries, countries, and Christian traditions but all have been divinely blessed to transcend the limitations of worldly concerns and fully enter the spiritual realm a place that so often seems closed off to u. Tap Into the Wisdom of the Mystics. For too long the moral has been a substitute for the mystical. This fine study places the mystics back at the center of Christianity. John Michael Talbot is the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a creative Franciscan community that is helping to revitalize ancient contemplative and monastic traditions in the twenty-first century.

John Michael Talbot is the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a creative Franciscan community that is helping to revitalize ancient contemplative and monastic traditions in the twenty-first century. Steve Rabey is a prolific writer who has written numerous books and hundreds of articles about religion, spirituality, history, and popular culture for magazines, newspapers, and Web sites

In The Way of the Mystics we are invited to take a journey to the heart of our faith by examining the stories of thirteen of Christian history's most revered mystics.

Find sources: "John Michael Talbot" – news · newspapers · books . The Way of the Mystics: Ancient Wisdom For Today (with Steve Rabey) - (Jossey-Bass).

Find sources: "John Michael Talbot" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December 2006) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Two solo albums followed for Talbot: John Michael Talbot (1976) and The New Earth (1977). Both of these were recorded at Golden Voice Recording Studio in South Pekin, Illinois, and produced by Billy Ray Hearn. Reading the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, he was inspired to begin studying at a Franciscan center in Indianapolis. Reflections on Saint Francis (Liturgical Press).

John Michael Talbot is the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a creative Franciscan community that is helping to revitalize ancient contemplative and monastic .

The Way of Darkness: John of the Cross 133. The Way of the Artist: John Donne and England''s Metaphysical Poets 151. The Way of the Inner Light: George Fox 167. The Way of the Pilgrim: Lessons on Prayer from an Unknown Seeker 185. The Way of Childlike Love: Thérèse of Lisieux 203.

Library descriptions. In The Way of the Mystics we are invited to take a journeyto the heart of our faith by examining the stories of thirteen ofChristian history's most revered mystics. These spiritual pioneersdevoted their lives to exploring a deeper communion with God andthrough their examples show us how we can apply spiritual wisdom toour own lives.

Catholic Church, Christian mysticism, Christian Theology – General, Christianity – General

In The Way of the Mystics we are invited to take a journeyto the heart of our faith by examining the stories of thirteen ofChristian history's most revered mystics. These spiritual pioneersdevoted their lives to exploring a deeper communion with God andthrough their examples show us how we can apply spiritual wisdom toour own lives. The mystics featured in this book are from differentcenturies, countries, and Christian traditions but all have beendivinely blessed to transcend the limitations of worldly concernsand fully enter the spiritual realm¾a place that so oftenseems closed off to us. The Way of the Mystics offersinsights into the lives of such familiar figures as St. Francis ofAssisi, Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Merton, and others. The authorsexplore these spiritual giants' experiences, the movements theyfounded or influenced, and the controversies they generated,offering nuggets of truth distilled from their voluminous and oftenenigmatic writings. In addition, the book offers practicalsuggestions for applying the mystics' wisdom to our lives, enablingus to better pursue a deeper relationship with God.

Comments: (7)

Faehn
I bought this to learn more about the mystics and loved it because it gives a great overview and his very readable. This is my second copy because I couldnt find the first and wanted to read it again. Bought a couple of others on the subject, but this is my favorite.
Still In Mind
Made me knowledgable about the saints and their accomplishments. I had attended a church seminar with John Talbot and brought me closer to God.
Yadon
I found The Way of The Mystics to be helpful in gaining insights into some of the Mystics I have read of and some I didn't know anything about. This book gives me enough information about the types of Mystics so I can read further about the ones I am drawn to.
Precious
Good, succinct overview of these fascinating people. An easy read, with a nice bibliography for further study on each mystic. My only complaint -- I know way more about John Michael Talbot and his comunity and music than I needed!
Jay
The Way of the a Mystics is a readable introduction to a few of the great Christian mystics. Highly recommended!
VariesWent
The Way of Mystics - Ancient Wisdom for Experiencing God Today by John Michael Talbot & Steve Rabey

These lessons from thirteen holy men and women of God encourage us to continue on our journey to both love God and be of service to others. They provide examples of prayer, solitude, reflection, spiritual direction, practicing the Presence of God and enduring dark nights of the soul and continue to mentor and guide millions by their lives.

Theresa of Avila, "This Lord of ours is so anxious that we desire Him and strive after His companionship that He calls us ceaselessly, time after time, to approach Him." The practical, service side of Theresa was also deeply affirming. " True perfection consists In the Love of God an our neighbor and the more nearly perfect is our observance of these two commandments, the nearer to Perfection we will be. Pg. 122. She also said, "we cannot be sure if we are loving God, although we may have good reason for believing we are, but we can know quite well if we are loving our neighbor." Pg. 129.

St. Francis of Assisi has taught us much about his love for God and its expression in God's creation but this chapter also speaks about the social and spiritual difficulties of the time in which Francis lived and how that context moved him toward God rather than away from Him. His wealthy upbringing gave him a particular sensitivity toward the poor and weak as he gave away all that he owned and adopted a different lifestyle, one of poverty and service. Pg. 67.

St John of the Cross helps us to better understand, "the dark night of the soul" times. Times when we hold on to God in the face of suffering or questions or wondering where is God. His response, "take up your cross." obey God and you will move toward his light. His writings reminded me of the Psalms where it was ok to question God or speak to Him what was on one's heart. He spent quite a bit of time in prison where his writings occurred, much of it in solitary confinement. He felt that attachments were a great hindrance to progress in spiritual journey.

This book shows us men and women who wanted to know God more and what they did to find Him. Some will be shocked by their actions and the extent they deprived themselves but these people had an Audience of One that was their primary concern. They have much to teach us.
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John Michael Talbot is probably better known as a recording artist than an author, but he has an extensive publication list too, particularly in the areas of music ministry as well as spirituality. Steve Rabey similarly has many publications to his credit, including articles in periodicals and newspapers. Together they form a good team to provide information in an accessible form about a special group of people in the Christian tradition - the mystics.

Not all mystics are created equal. Mystics come in all shapes and sizes, and can be found in almost every denominational and religious framework. Talbot and Ramey wanted to stick close to their own Christian tradition with this book; the figures included here are both Catholic and Protestant, including some from the era of the undivided church. There are eight men, four women, and one unknown person representing a wide range of historical periods.

This is in many ways meant to be a practical book - that is, it relates the history, teaching and insights of the mystics to the broader range of Christian practices. 'In the Christian tradition, sacraments like Holy Communion or the Eucharist of the Lord's Supper provide a public means for believers to share in such mysteries. Spiritual disciplines like prayer and meditation provide a more private means for such connection.'

The earliest figures represented in this book are the Desert Fathers, with St. Antony in particular a highlighted figure. The most recent figure highlighted in Thomas Merton. Between these two, nearly two thousand years of Christian history can be found. These are in many ways pioneers, as Talbot and Rabey describe them in the introduction. 'If you are a Christian, these pioneers are part of your spiritual legacy.'

In my seminary, we taught a class at the beginning of the degree, required of all students in the primary ministry programme, that surveyed the different practices and different denominational aspects of Christianity, because so many people come to seminary with only the experience of their own denominational tradition (and sometimes with only the experience of their own congregation) - that course introduces people to the wider range of possibility for Christian expression, showing valid practices and traditions from within the Christian tradition that are authentic even if different from what people are used to.

This would be an excellent book for that course, and an excellent book for those who want a similar experience, of discovering the different ways in which Christian mysticism can be expressed and incorporated into one's own regular practices. Each section concludes with a 'Learning more about...' section, and each includes pull-quote boxes with highlights, and timelines that connect the particular individual focused upon with the wider Christian and historical context.

Each chapter can be read in a short time, but a good deal of time for contemplation should be permitted. Essays are not simple recitations of writings, key ideas, or biographical sketches, but rather serve to introduce the spirit of the figure in relation to today's world - for example, George Fox is likened to the hippies of the 60s in both his nonviolent message and his manner of vagabond lifestyle.

This is a wonderful text by which the beginner can learn more about the mystical practices and key figures of Christian history. It is also a good book for those with more advanced training to refresh the memory of the people with new insights.
The Way of the Mystics: Ancient Wisdom for Experiencing God Today download epub
Theology
Author: John Michael Talbot
ISBN: 0787984566
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Theology
Language: English
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (June 16, 2006)
Pages: 240 pages