Quote for the Day

Bede Griffiths, one of the great contemplative masters of our time, claimed that there are actually three routes to the center. You can have a near-death experience. You can fall desperately in love. Or you can begin a practice of meditation. Of the three, he said with a somewhat mischievous smile, meditation is probably the most reliable starting point. — Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God … [Read more...]

The Unformed Future

National Catholic Reporter has published a wonderful article about the recent "Emerging Church" conference in Albuquerque, hosted by Richard Rohr and featuring Shane Claiborne, Cynthia Bourgeault, and others. Read about it here: The Unformed Future … [Read more...]

A bookmark for you (and your friends)…

To help promote The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, I have had some bookmarks printed up. As you can see, they feature the cover design of the book, along with a few interesting quotations from St. Francis de Sales, St. Catherine of Siena, and Karl Rahner, SJ. On the back of the bookmark are blurbs from folks like Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Brian McLaren, endorsing the book. Now, my job is to make sure these bookmarks get placed in the  hands of people interested in mysticism. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Whatever form of meditation you practice, it is in essence simply a method for detaching yourself from thinking (which tends to reinforce the egoic process) long enough for you to begin to trust this other, deeper intelligence moving inside you. It provides you with another way to think: from "beyond the mind" — which, incidentally, is what the word metanoia, usually translated as "repentance," actually means. — Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope … [Read more...]

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common?

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common? And, for that matter, Phyllis Tickle, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Richard Rohr? They have all endorsed The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. Over the last few weeks, while I've been proofreading the manuscript, the publisher and I have sent it out to a number of authors, college professors, and clergypersons, for feedback and potential endorsements. Now, to God be the glory in all of this: to date we have received the following responses, all of … [Read more...]

Suggested Reading for Protestant Mysticism and Contemplative Spirituality

If you're going to participate in the class on the Protestant Mystics that I'll be teaching at First Christian Church of Atlanta starting on April 6, then you might enjoy reading one or more of these books. They're all written by Protestant authors and each one features a different dimension of Christian spirituality that is mystical and/or contemplative in its focus. None of these books are required for the class, but they are all well worth reading — so I'm listing them here for your … [Read more...]

For all who seek to develop their spiritual practice…

This question showed up in my email inbox this morning: If you could select three books to recommend to all who seek to develop their spiritual practice, what would they be? It's a tricky question because of the word "all." Two of the the three books I'm recommending here are Christian in origin and scope, but I believe all three can be profitably read by both Christians and non-Christians. Anyone with an ideologically rigid understanding of Christianity (either for or against) will have trouble … [Read more...]


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