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...]

Amazing Books from Blackwell

I know that I'm an odd duck. I'm not a scholar — I struggled my way through two years of graduate school, and now make my living as a humble bookseller for a monastery gift shop — but I enjoy keeping my finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world of academic religious studies. Of course, I know that many of the readers of this blog are academics, as well as clergy. So, whether you are just geeky like me, or actually have made the study of religion part of your livelihood, then I think y … [Read more...]

Beloved Dust

Beloved Dust: Tides of the Spirit in the Christian Life By Robert Davis Hughes, III New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanI’ve quoted from this wonderful book more than once in this blog. Now the time has come to write a more in-depth review of it. First, a disclaimer: I’ve known Bob Hughes since the late 1980s, when I managed the campus bookstore at Sewanee: The University of the South where Bob teaches theology. I learned a lot from Bob back then, and … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The closer we grow to God, the more intensely we experience the love of God and the desire for God that awakens in us, the more painful become all those defects of character to which we still cling because they are part of our self-definition; this includes even our definition of ourselves in relation to God as we have experienced that to this point. We are now called not merely to detachment of worldly things from our egoism but the very giving up of those structures of self that we believe … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

My own experience in a variety of contexts suggests that the number one problem, the most common source of resistance to both evangelization and spiritual growth in Christian terms, is the angry, punishing father-god of patriarchal oppression. It is something of a mystery to me that this God concept, so foreign to the actual contents of the gospel and Jesus' picture of his Abba, should be assumed by so many to be what in fact Christianity offers, and the degree to which it remains embedded in … [Read more...]

Beloved Dust

Beloved Dust: Tides of the Spirit in the Christian Life By Robert Davis Hughes, III New York: Continuum, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanThis is actually just a "teaser" review. I just got my copy of Beloved Dust yesterday, which means I've only given it a cursory glance:  so I'm only going to do a brief mini-review of this book for now. But this book deserves a careful reading, so after I've read it, I'll come back and write about it in greater depth. Let me offer a disclaimer: Bob Hughes was my … [Read more...]


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