About The Book and Author

About The Book

What is a mystic? Bruce Epperly defines mystics as people who see holiness in everyday life.

We can be mystics without leaving our families, disengaging from daily responsibilities, becoming a priest, or joining a monastic order. Epperly shows how we can experience the living God in the midst of daily life and never again take everyday events for granted.

Bruce Epperly introduces readers to 12 individuals or groups of mystics through the ages: St. Francis of Assisi, the desert mothers and fathers, Benedict of Nursia, the Celtic mystics, Hildegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Brother Lawrence, the Baal Shem Tov, Howard Thurman, Etty Hillesum, Rumi, andJulian of Norwich.

Each chapter describes each mystic's life, spiritual experiences and worldview, and provides spiritual exercises to help us experience the mystic firsthand. Through his conversational, down-to-earth approach, Epperly inspires us to realize that we can encounter God wherever we are, whatever we are doing.

 

About The Author

Bruce G. Epperly is a theologian, pastor, spiritual guide, author, and recognized leader in lay and pastoral faith formation. He serves as pastor of South Congregational Church, Centerville, Massachusetts. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, Dr. Epperly has authored or coauthored more than 30 books on theology, ministerial excellence, spiritual formation, spirituality, and healing and wholeness.

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