The Evelyn Underhill Rosary

I've just finished reading The Letters of Evelyn Underhill (which were published in 1943 and edited by Charles Williams). It's such a wonderful book; I think anyone who is a spiritual director (or who sees a spiritual director), spiritual companion, or soul friend, would find much to treasure in this collection. Although the collection includes its share of love letters to her husband, "wish you were here" descriptions of her many holidays in Europe, and fan mail to authors she admired (such as … [Read more...]

A shout out to Evelyn Underhill and her wonderful book

Over the next few weeks or so I'll be posting four new videos on Youtube.One will be an "about me" video, one in which I talk about my three most recent books, one in which I talk about an idea I first presented at the Patheos website on "compass points for the spiritual life," and finally, this short little segment on "the book that changed my life." Here you go, it's only a minute long: About two years ago I gave a paper on Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism at a conference on the … [Read more...]

The “Overplus” of Reality

Indeed that which, beyond all else, spiritual genius never fails to give us, is  this realistic sense of the overplus of Reality; a perfection exceeding in its totality and splendor all possible human apprehension.— Evelyn Underhill, Man and the SupernaturalI stumbled across the quotation from Evelyn Underhill the other day in an anthology of her writings (Daily Readings with a Modern Mystic) and was immediately struck by the whimsy of the word "overplus." Clearly this was written before Ge … [Read more...]

Something of the Leisure of Eternity

The action of those whose lives are given to the Spirit has in it something of the leisure of Eternity; and because of this, they achieve far more than those whose lives are enslaved by the rush and hurry, the unceasing tick-tick of the world. Otherwise we tend to forget that God, Who is greater than our heart, is greater than our job too.— Evelyn Underhill, The Spiritual LifeI know I get caught up in the deadline syndrome: I have to get something done by a certain date or it won't happen. I … [Read more...]

Something I wrote for Amazon.com

Amazon.com offers authors the chance to write something personal about their book(s) to appear on Amazon's website. This morning I finally wrote such a statement for The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. I thought I may as well post it here, so readers of this blog could enjoy it as well. The following text should be published within the next few days on The Big Book of Christian Mysticism's page under the heading "From the Author." When I was eighteen years old, a friend of mine loaned me a copy … [Read more...]

Dana Greene speaks on Evelyn Underhill

Here are a couple of videos, courtesy of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, featuring Dana Greene speaking about Evelyn Underhill. … [Read more...]

A Book for All Time

I've posted the text of the talk I gave in February at the "Awakening in God's Love" conference to my website. This conference was sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Institute for Ministry and Theological Education. It was a celebration of the life and work of Anglican writer and contemplative Evelyn Underhill, marking the centennial of the publication of her book Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness.In the morning at the conference, scholar Dana … [Read more...]


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