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...]

Cloister Talks

Cloister Talks: Learning from My Friends the Monks By Jon M. Sweeney Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2009 Review by Carl McColmanMonasteries are archetypal. Even for Protestants who live in a religious milieu that does not include monastic communities, monks and nuns (and their communal way of life) symbolize either strong positive or negative concepts: at worst, they represent religious decadence or hypocrisy, no doubt a lingering after-effect of the hostilities of the reformation era or the … [Read more...]

Almost Catholic

Almost Catholic: An Appreciation of the History, Practice, & Mystery of Ancient Faith By Jon M. Sweeney San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanRaised evangelical and now an Episcopalian, Jon M. Sweeney (who is the editor of an ecumenical Christian publisher) has plenty of cred as a Protestant. But like many who were born on Luther's side of the Reformation, he enjoys a deep love and attraction to Catholic culture, without feeling impelled to actually become a Catholic. In … [Read more...]