The mystical path is not some sort of static experience for the select few, says Carl McColman, rather, it is a living tradition, a rich and many-layered dimension of spirituality that is in large measure a quest to find the mysteries at the heart of the universe, paradoxically nestled within the heart of your own soul.
McColman first introduced readers to Christianity’s lost mystical roots in his popular book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. Now McColman is back with Answering the Contemplative Call, to show readers how to apply the riches of the mystical tradition to daily living.
This book is organized in three sections:
• “Recognizing the Call,” Explores how each one of us is called to the mystical life, and what that might look like.
• “Preparing for the Journey,” shows what we need to do in response to the contemplative call.
• “Embarking on the Adventure” considers what those first steps on the path might look like.
Along the way McColman quotes from the great mystics of the Christian tradition who have also traveled this path, including Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill and more.
In Answering the Contemplative Call, McColman offers a practice that will help readers come to a place meaning and purpose in their lives.
Carl McColman is a Lay Cistercian, spiritual teacher and retreat leader. He is the author of a number of books, including The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA. Visit him online at www.anamchara.com.
In this book, aimed both at beginners and those hoping to steer their faith in a more contemplative direction, McColman (The Big Book of Christian Mysticism) acts as guide and companion on the journey to becoming a Christian mystic. "A mystic," writes McColman, "is simply a man or woman in love with God, and the Church is hungry for such people." McColman fleshes out the "spiritual journey" metaphor, using it in robust ways to describe preparing for and embarking on the mystical path. The book is divided into three parts recognizing the call, preparing for the journey, and setting out on the adventure. Although McColman covers well-trodden ground and perhaps overuses the word "silly" in the first part of the book his apt choice of quotations and stories from Christian mystics (including the Desert Fathers, Julian of Norwich, and Thomas Merton) and his strong final section make the book an informative and worthwhile read.