Confessions of a Christian Mystic
Hardcover ISBN: 1546035680
From the author of Praying for Strangers and four Southern gothic novels comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is personal, raw, wise, revelatory - and very funny. With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the gamut from dancing disco nights and midnight desert rides to surprise visitations with the Divine. Included are comforting letters to personal friends and loved ones about faith, death, heartbreaks and their futures. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a highly original work about an extraordinary faith that never loses touch with current culture or everyday realities. Jordan invites us to join in on her wild ride searching for the holy mysteries of God. This haunting work will leave you deeply comforted and full of hope. Hailed as "a book for our times," Confessions gently leads us closer to that Divine mystery that shapes us and gives us life.
Entering the Castle
Finding the Inner Path to God and Your Soul's Purpose
Paperback ISBN: 074325533x
The author of Anatomy of the Spirit draws on her popular workshops to make recommendations on how to maintain a palpable connection with the Divine while living in the real world, in a guide that metaphorically likens the human soul to a crystal castle with rooms representing various stages of spiritual development. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Hildegard Von Bingen's Mystical Visions
Translated from Scivias
Paperback ISBN: 1879181290
Twelfth-century Rhineland mystic Hildegard von Bingen records her exquisite encounter with divinity, producing a magnificent fusion of divine inspiration and human intellect. Hildegard von Bingen's Mystical Visions is perhaps the most complete and powerful documentation of mystical consciousness in recorded history. Now after 800 years, these visions are again available for those seeking to reawaken mystical consciousness.
Genius of the Transcendent
Mystical Writings of Jakob Boehme
Paperback ISBN: 1590307097
Jakob Boehme (1575–1624) was one of those remarkable teachers, like Meister Eckhart, who pushed language to its limits to describe an experience that happens above and beyond rational thought. He was a Bohemian shoemaker who, in response to the overwhelming visionary experiences he began to undergo as a teenager, wrote a series of theosophical treatises that explored the relationship between the One and the many, existence and nonexistence, the inner process of divine emanation toward self-consciousness, the relationship of good and evil, and the personal and cosmic urge toward reintegration. Some hear in him resonances with alchemy, kabbalah, and Platonism. His influence is seen in the Quakers, the German Romantics, Pietism, various American utopian experiments, and in the European mystics who came after him. The great scholar of mysticism Evelyn Underhill called him “one of the most astonishing cases in history of a natural genius for the transcendent.” Michael Birkel and Jeff Bach’s translation liberates Boehme into modern English. Previous editions have tended toward the academic, or have been couched in intentionally archaic language reminiscent of the King James Bible. This collection includes five essential texts, among them “Life Beyond the Senses,” Boehme’s explanation of the relationship between God and the soul.
The Modern Christian Mystic
Finding the Unitive Presence of God
Paperback ISBN: 1556436696
In this new work, Albert LaChance presents a complete reframing of Christianity as an experiential rather than dogmatic approach to the presence of Christ. It emphasizes the idea of Christ as the source and sustainer of the cosmos, the Earth, the life community, and global culture. As such, it takes a “unitive” approach, with Christianity understood as being in mystical union with global culture, and with the ecological realities of the Earth. In the author’s view, Christianity thus joins hands with Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism in a unitive oneness with all that is. Consisting of twenty-eight short chapters, The Modern Christian Mystic focuses on the presence of God permeating and organizing the beginning of existence, in the form of consciousness giving birth to energy, and then the material reality of the universe. The author argues that just as St. Augustine introduced the “pagan” Plato to Christianity, and a millennium later St. Thomas Aquinas revitalized his faith with the “pagan” philosophy of Aristotle, so in the modern age the “non-theism” of Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism holds the key to a revivified mystical practice. The Modern Christian Mystic posits a nurturing new world based on commonality rather than conflict in the world of spirit.
The Mystical Life of Jesus
An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ
Hardcover ISBN: 052595001x
Bringing a unique perspective on the life of Jesus, the renowned psychic and best-selling author of Insight shares her vision of the birth, youth, travels, ministry, miracles, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Christ, answering questions about such controversies as virgin birth, the Star of Bethlehem, a Jesus lineage, and more. 200,000 first printing.
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality
Paperback ISBN: 1571746242
An introduction to the mystical component of Christianity reveals its ancient traditions of meditation, philosophy, enlightenment and devotion to the blissful experience of a Divine presence, in a volume that combines practical instruction with historical, biographical and biblical information.