Spirituality & The Aspiring Mystic

I have just finished a conversation with my literary agent, and I have wonderful news. My first two books, Spirituality and The Aspiring Mystic, both of which have been out of print for several years, have just been picked up by a new publisher that is specializing in reprinting books by living authors.

Spirituality will come out first, hopefully within the next few months. It will feature a new foreword that I will be writing, new cover design, and probably a new sub-title (I never did like the book’s original subtitle, which was chosen by the publisher). The Aspiring Mystic will not come out until the fall or even next spring; for this book we’re considering doing a complete revision so that it will be more of a companion piece to my forthcoming new book on Christian mysticism which is scheduled for a 2009 publication from a different publisher. It will also feature a new foreword and cover design, and will be entirely re-typeset for the new edition.

For an author, seeing books go out of print is like losing touch with your children. So having them come back into print is truly a blessing. Even better, thanks to the direction that publishing is going, this pretty much means these titles will remain in print indefinitely.

In case you just can’t wait for the new editions, used copies of both books are still available through Amazon, generally for embarrassingly low prices. Click on the images of the books to get your copies now.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://maritzia.consecrated-life.org Maritzia

    I’ll be looking for them when they come out. I’ve been haunting the local used book stores, but haven’t had the luck to find them yet.

    Too bad the pagan inspired ones aren’t being reprinted as well. I’d love to read them.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    At some point I’d like to do a single volume “The Pagan Writings of Carl McColman” or something like that, incorporating Embracing Jesus and the Goddess through my chapters of Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses. It would include a nice big introduction about why I think it’s okay to be a Pagan-friendly Christian (and vice versa). But I can’t do it yet, because some of my Pagan books are still in print, at least via print on demand — check your local New Age bookstore, they should be able to special order them for you.

  • http://frimmin.wordpress.com/ Jon


  • Kirby Lewis

    Where can I get a new copy of The Aspiring Mystic for less than the exorbitant prices on Amazon?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

      Kirby, unfortunately the revised edition of “The Aspiring Mystic” won’t be published until sometime in 2011, at the earliest. Since the first edition is out of print, I’m afraid the high prices online are not likely to drop, at least not until the new edition is released. But shop around, you might be able to find a used copy at a more affordable price.

  • dana

    when is the aspiring mystic coming out? the new version?

    • Carl McColman

      Dana, thanks for asking. Short answer: I don’t know! I’m still working on the revision, but I don’t have a firm date. It will probably be self-published (print on demand & ebook versions) although I haven’t ruled out working with a publisher. We shall see. One thing’s for sure: I’ll be announcing it (and promoting it) through my website, so stay in touch and you’ll know when it’s available.