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February 10, 2017
Seven Essential Books on the Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
The headwaters of the Christian contemplative and mystical tradition — aside from the Bible, of...
January 01, 2017
A Christian Mystics Bibliography
In my books The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages, I suggest...
December 03, 2016
Books to Give Away this Christmas
It's that time of year again... Advent! And if you're like me and many other...
September 14, 2016
Who’s Your Favorite Mystic? Here’s a Book to Help You Find Out
I'm happy to announce that my latest book — Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages...
August 20, 2016
Books For Celebrating the Canonization of Mother Teresa
Next month, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized — the process by which the...
June 09, 2016
Rodney Stark is a Protestant historian who teaches at a prominent Baptist university. He's not...
May 18, 2016
Who’s Who Among the Christian Mystics…
My friends, I'm happy to announce my forthcoming book, due in October 2016. Christian Mystics:...
March 10, 2016
Dear Pope Francis… (or as they say in Ireland, A Phápa Proinsias, a chara…)
Did you know that when Pope Francis was a little boy, he wanted to be...
March 01, 2016
A Memoir with a Message
As part of the Patheos Book Club, I've recently read Operating on Faith: A Painfully...
February 12, 2016
Faith, Doubt and Perseverance
A couple of years ago, Bart Ehrman's book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a...
January 12, 2016
Busting the “Goody Two Shoes” Stereotype of Saints
One of the perks of being a Patheos blogger is the opportunity to review books...
December 04, 2015
Talking about “Befriending Silence”
Earlier today I joined Deborah Arca, one of the editors of Patheos, for a Skype...
November 09, 2015
Why Trappists Make Great Spiritual Guides
If you want access to a living Catholic contemplative tradition, look to the Trappists. In...
May 15, 2015
The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Prayer
Like so many folks in the blogosphere, I was fascinated by the story of Leah...
January 31, 2015
Seven Essential Thomas Merton Books
Today is the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth. To celebrate this day here is...
January 26, 2015
Following the Ancient Path Today
If you're anything like me, the first thing you'll notice about The Ancient Path: Old Lessons...
August 20, 2014
Elaine A. Heath is a true friend of contemplation. She recognizes the vital importance of bringing...
August 08, 2014
A Beautiful New Bible and a Contemplative Request
Today I wrote a letter to Adam Lewis Greene, who is known for his wonderful...
July 04, 2014
Monastic Life from the Inside
Recently I have read two wonderful books that offer a glimpse into the life of...
April 16, 2014
Finding Faith in Midlife
Talk about a trip down memory lane. Richard Cole's Catholic By Choice: Why I Embraced...
March 31, 2014
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Blessed are the peacemakers, and today I want to celebrate two such persons in particular....
March 20, 2014
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life… and Beyond
It's been almost three years now since the release of Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A...
March 14, 2014
The Silence of the Heart
In its very last paragraph, Norris J. Chumley describes Be Still and Know, his new...
January 22, 2014
Seven Books I Hope to Read in 2014
Are you looking for a book or two to read, on the topics of contemplation...
December 10, 2013
Keeping Spirituality Grounded
One of the pitfalls of contemplative practice is that we can easily get stuck in...
December 05, 2013
Mirabai Starr: Giving Julian of Norwich a Lucid Voice
Julian of Norwich's Showings shines with luminous mystical wisdom. If there is one mystic I...
December 04, 2013
The Kenosis of Clutter
True confession time: I'm a clutter bug. I always have been, with books, CDs, and...
August 09, 2012
Journey to the Heart
A relatively new offering from Orbis Books provides a very nice overview of the history...
July 20, 2012
The Nondual Writers of Footnote #45
A reader of this blog writes to me: Hi Carl. I was reading Richard Rohr's The...
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