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“Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America.”
Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work

About the Author

The author of twenty-eight books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. He lives in Oakland, California, and is a visiting scholar with the Academy for the Love of Learning.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1.2.2011 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577319524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577319528
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By C. Hoopes on August 9, 2011
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I came to Matthew Fox's work like many ex-Catholics, having tossed the spiritual baby out with the dogmatic bathwater and moved on to pursue Spirit through other paths. His work, particularly in Christian Mystics, has reaffirmed for me that there is worth and beauty and true inspiration even in the Christian tradition. It is found in the voices of those who speak for the people, for the earth, for the heart's direct perception of Spirit, for oneness with the Cosmos, for the strength found in darkness, silence and letting go, and for the paths of creativity and prophesying truth to power. It is found in the mysteries of human love as well as Divine love.

There is not an aspect of life that these meditations leave untouched. I found myself lifted into joy and awe...found affirmation that Spirit is present even in the darkest times...found creative inspiration and the challenge to speak my convictions. There were mornings when, reading the meditation, I was moved to tears and emerged with a heart at peace.

I have picked up many books of daily readings over the years...very few have I actually stayed with from Day 1 to Day 365. This is one of those few...and I am by far the richer for the experience.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By denis j. dunn on July 3, 2011
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Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations
By Matthew Fox

"Relation is the essence of everything that exists." Meister Eckhart

There are times when it isn't vitally important what is said, but who said it.
I fully expected to see in the volume the likes of Thomas Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart and other mystics, including Thomas Berry. Who I didn't expect to meet in these pages was William Everson, at one time Brother Antonius.

The first time I met him in print was as a Beat author, akin to Jack Kerouac (first-thought, best thought, a true mystical insight!). At that time Everson was being published by Black Sparrow Press, infamous for carrying the horny corpus of Charles Bukowski, who shocked me out of my almost monastic Catholic idealism which I held in my head, but which my other member wildly rejected.

It's been a few decades but I've come to what Everson calls "the bridge between the sacred and the profane...the problem of greater consciousness." Matthew Fox's comments and provocative questions on the mystics are consice and precise. He asks the reader is he or she "senses this division between the sacred and profane in your life and your spirituality? Who do you know who bridges that divide? Have you done so yourself?"

As a devotional volume of 365 readings and meditations Christian Mystics is something of an advanced placement course on the subject. It doesn't fall into the "I'm OK, You're OK" sort of placating booklets that you find in the nave at so many churches, nor is it a guilt-producing set of testimonies that wear you down day by day to a set of total submission.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2011
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Who would suspect that a collection of quote-a-day mystical writings could be so uplifting, so inspiring, so thought-provoking as "Christian Mystics" proves to be? Some quotes are deceptively short, yet profoundly transformative when allowed to percolate inside, such as Master Eckhart's, "Whatever happens to another, whether it be a joy or a sorrow, happens to me." Matthew Fox adds insights in the manner of a congenial spiritually oriented professor, guiding us to view hidden connections and better grasp deeper meanings that might otherwise remain concealed.

There is genius in the organization of "Christian Mystics," as quotes by particular authors such as Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomas Merton are grouped in sections, so many pages in a row continue with gifts from a particular perspective. Matthew Fox adds his own mystical views via questions he poses following each quote, so each day's quote takes readers on delightful journeys of spiritual discovery.

"Christian Mystics" succeeds both as a spiritual guide through mystical realms to be explored one page a day, and as a beloved addition for conversational stimulation and inspirational reference for any seeker's coffee table, desk, or nightstand. Highly recommended!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sammytassie on September 19, 2011
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The book has been inspirational. I have recommended the book to several colleagues. What a breath of fresh air from these courageous mystics.
Melbourne Australia
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gene Barrette on August 18, 2012
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I have always felt that Aquinas simply handed on rationalistic, Aristotelian definitions about God, with little or no
reference to Revelation. His work became the highly approved and promoted Scholastic Theology of the Institutional Catholic Church.
It's wording of all-knowing, all-powerful, etc was woven in Catechisms, etc., yet it was not truly helpful for an experiential
spirituality. I was seldom, if ever, moved by the "unmoved, mover". Hard to fall in love with the all-too-bigness of it all.
In this book, however, Fox gave me access to writings of Aquinas that I did not even know existed.
Aquinas reportedly had a mystical vision at the end of his life, after which, despite the pleading of his friends,
he did not write another word. It was told that on his death bed he waved his hands at shelves filled with his speculative
theological, philosophical writings and said, "It is all straw." I would doubt that he intended his sweep of hand to include
the mystical insights Fox gives us in these pages. Like so much in this book, Fox, as always, gives us fundamental, deeply
radical (rooted) stuff necessary for the kind of transformational experience, after which "nothing is the same." And better yet,
it is connected with the very Kingdom of the "here and now" - not the "there and then". Reading this book has been an energizer
which for me is a sure sign of Spirit inspiration. Thank you Matthew for another amazing grace gift to us all.
Fr. Gene Barrette
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