Thank you, Patheos!

A spiral staircase at the Chateau d"Amboise in France, as seen on the cover of Answering the Contemplative Call.

A staircase at the Chateau d’Amboise in France, as seen on the cover of Answering the Contemplative Call.

Good morning, my friends. First of all, my apologies for leaving this blog mostly untended over the past eight weeks. It’s hard to believe it’s been (as of tomorrow) two months said my dad passed away, but it’s not so hard to acknowledge that my grief journey has been a bit deeper and more chaotic than I would have anticipated.

The first month or so after dad’s death, I poured most of my energy into the Winter Feast for the Soul series of recordings designed to encourage a daily contemplative practice (the recordings are archived online, so feel free to go check them out if you haven’t already done so). Lately I’ve been working on a paper I’m delivering at a conference in April, plus the lesson plans and outlines for several classes and retreats I’m doing this spring. So I’ve been a busy pup. My writing has perhaps suffered the most during my time of grieving, but I’m beginning to feel the tug to get back into it. Which means not only (hopefully) showing up at this blog more often, but also getting to work on the follow-up to Answering the Contemplative Call.

Speaking of Answering — here are a few links I should have published six weeks ago, but of course that was when I was in the midst of my grief and wasn’t writing much of anything. In early February Patheos featured Answering the Contemplative Call in their book club. In doing so, they published a few links I’d like to share with you — better late than never.

Hope you enjoy these. And thanks to Patheos for publishing them.

The book is available in both ebook and print editions. Here are links you can follow to get a copy:

Paperback: Amazon • Barnes & Noble

 Independent Bookstore (Online or Near You)

Ebook: Kindle Version • Nook Version • iBooks Version


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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.

  • themysticmom

    While I have missed your blog posts, I also can appreciate the fact that you have answered the call to that inward journey that grief provides. I hope you have found some healing for the loss of your father there.

  • Mark Nielsen

    Carl, I’ve been away or attending to other matters, too. Had not realized about your father’s passing. Thank you, though, for including readers and friends in your grief journey a bit. Richard Rohr and others talk at length about North American culture’s need for re-training in how to grieve, and then use that process to be transformed rather than burdened. I’ll light a candle in my heart for your father and your family. And welcome back to the land of the graceful stumblers.

  • Ken Gilbert

    I have read much of Carl’s “Big Book of Christian Mysticism..” and I have started reading “Answering the Contemplative Call…” I would like to make this analogy: The former is Bach and the latter is Mozart. In “Answering the Contemplative Call..,” Carl has reached a level of intimacy and communication that surpasses everything I have read so far (which is considerable) on Christian mysticism. I am enthralled and am being transformed through insights I am getting. For instance, I have felt for quite a while that I longed for God. But it never occurred to me before that God longed intensely for me. This is excellent stuff. A MUST read if you long for God. – Ken Gilbert in the boondocks of Mississippi.

    • Carl McColman

      Ken, thank you. I’m so happy you are finding the books helpful. Love the Bach/Mozart analogy. Let me know if you know of any opportunities for me to come speak at Ole Miss.