Future of the Book

Since I started working in earnest on my new book (tentatively titled The Big Book of Christian Mysticism) last month, I've written about 13,000 words and have harvested another 10k or so from various parts of this website. That represents a little less than 1/6 of what the total book should be (yes, that's 150,000 words, like I said, the tentative title has "big book" in it). Of course, all this is first/rough draft material, which will be revised, reworked, rewritten, reorganized, many times … [Read more...]

Christ, Plato, and France

Every now and then I'm fascinated at how books that cross my desk seem to be connected. Here are two books I've recently come across: one is brand new, the other a few years old:The Christian Platonism of Simone Weil, edited by E. Jane Doering and Eric O. Springsted; University of Notre Dame Press, 2004 Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism by Albert Camus, translated with an introduction by Ronald D. Srigley; University of Missouri Press, 2007Haven't read either one yet, so I can't … [Read more...]

The Dark Night of the Soul for free…

Here's an entry to this blog I originally posted back in September: The wonderful Christian Audio company sells downloadable MP3s and CDs of inspirational audiobooks; their catalog includes a number of mystical classics, including The Rule of St. Benedict, The Imitation of Christ, and The Practice of the Presence of God. Plus they have lots of wonderful works by more contemporary authors, ranging from Henri Nouwen to Richard Foster to N. T. Wright.Each month, Christian Audio offers one of … [Read more...]

Shane Claiborne

Last night Fran and Rhiannon and I drove up to Berry College outside of Rome, GA to hear Shane Claiborne speak. Shane is the author of a wonderful book called The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical (I've been meaning to write a review of it and just haven't gotten to it yet; for now let's just say it's a book that belongs on your "must read" list). A leading figure in the neo-monastic movement, Shane is a co-founder of a small intentional community in Philadelphia, where he … [Read more...]

Your Best Theology Now?

Over the past few months two different friends, both of whom I respect dearly, both theologically informed, liberal-minded folks, suggested I read Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. Osteen is kind of our generation's answer to Norman Vincent Peale, a wildly successful prosperity gospel preacher based in Texas. He's the pastor of what I understand is America's largest congregation, has his own TV show, etc. and this book has sold upwards of four million … [Read more...]

Mysticism in a book?

A blogger named SaltSister recently wrote a post called The Mystic Way in which she takes aim at the kind of person who reads a book or two on mysticism and then decides that he or she is a mystic. While in principle I totally agree with her, the tone of her post bothered me a bit, so I posted a comment asking for clarification. After all, my blog is all about the joys of reading books by and about the mystics. Her response to me included this genuine jewel: "Studying to learn how to enter into … [Read more...]

The Interior Castle for free…

The wonderful Christian Audio company sells downloadable MP3s and CDs of inspirational audiobooks; their catalog includes a number of mystical classics, including The Rule of St. Benedict, The Imitation of Christ, and The Practice of the Presence of God. Plus they have lots of wonderful works by more contemporary authors, ranging from Henri Nouwen to Richard Foster to N. T. Wright.Each month, Christian Audio offers one of their titles as a free download. Yes, that's right: free, no charge, … [Read more...]


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