Audiobook News and a Contemplative Feather

Now available as an audiobook!

Now available as an audiobook!

First of all, forgive me for putting on my marketing hat: I’m excited to announce that my book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, has now been released as an unabridged audiobook! If you are an subscriber, I hope you’ll consider adding this book to your collection. If you aren’t an Audible subscriber, you can purchase the audio version of the book for about the same price as the paperback. Audible audiobooks are downloaded, thus saving the cost of CDs and packaging. Once you download it, you can play it on your MP3 player, smartphone, computer — or you can burn CDs to listen to the recording on a conventional CD player.

I’m sad that I wasn’t invited to record the audiobook myself (the powers that be at Audible just didn’t realize what an awesome voice I have), but I must admit, I do like the voice of the narrator who recorded the book. So I’m happy to endorse this version of my book, and I hope all of you with lengthy commutes will get a copy. To do so, click here.

Disclosure: if you follow the link of the audiobook mentioned in this post and purchase it or other products from, I receive a small commission from Amazon. Thank you for doing so — it is the easiest way you can support this blog.

I always feel like when I post an announcement like the above — that is clearly oriented toward marketing my work — that I should balance it out with something that isn’t so crassly commercial.

So here you go.

My wife shared the following video with me this evening: of a Japanese woman named Miyoko Shida Rigolo, who performs a lovely, and deeply contemplative choreography called “Sanddornbalance” which involves an intricate balance of fourteen long palm branches… and a feather. Over about a seven minute period, the dancer slowly and elegantly builds an intricately balanced “mobile” that almost seems to float effortlessly above her; but as the end of the choreography reveals, it is so meticulously constructed that even the slightest miscalculation could send the entire assembly crashing down. But it doesn’t, a lovely testament to this artist’s profound engagement with her work. This performance took place on the Spanish TV Show “Tú Sí Sue Vales” which can be translated as “You can do it!” (it’s basically a “Spain’s Got Talent” type of show). Now, those shows tend to favor folks who make music or perform in some sort of splashy way — so how lovely to see such a Zen-like performance with a focus on concentration, mindfulness, balance, and poise. Toward the end of the choreography the music stops: and the performance continues on, in silence. Ah. I love it. Watch, and enjoy, and consider how this choreography is such an embodied metaphor for the contemplative life.

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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.

  • Nigel

    I would love to be able to read this book, but I am partially-sighted. I would buy the audiobook — but it is available only through Audible. Contrary to what you might think, this is not format that you can use of just anything… the .AA format used by Audible is not something you can play on just any MP3 player and you cannot convert this format to anything else. Congratulations on selling out to Amazon (it owns Audible) and it is gradually turning the world of audiobooks into its own monopoly!

    • Carl McColman

      I am so sorry that Audible is not suitable for you. It was my publisher’s decision to work with Audible. I am happy that an audiobook version of my book is available, even if the format is less than ideal.