The Book of Mystical Chapters wants to slow you down. Its 300 brief meditations, drawn from the writings of the earliest Christian contemplatives, are meant to be read over the course of 300 days. The book's translator and editor, John Anthony McGuckin, explains that this is how early Christian pilgrims learned the wisdom of the Desert Fathers, ascending through three stages of spiritual understanding, from the practical to the transcendent. Pilgrims repeated these meditations until each one broke "like a fruit on the tongue of the monk and revealed its inner flavor to the searching mind." The Book of Mystical Chapters suggests that readers ask of each aphorism, "How have we already experienced it; how could it illuminate a truth about our own heart or the troubles of our friends' hearts or the secret ways that God wishes to develop our seeking soul?" If you're sick of wasting time waiting at the bus stop, waiting between appointments, or waiting to go deeper in faith, maybe this is just the thing for you. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Esoteric ReligionAlthough Shambhala usually publishes books on Eastern religions, particularly Buddhism, The Book of Mystical Chapters: Meditations on the Soul's Ascent from the Desert Fathers and Other Early Christian Contemplatives is a rare and well-conceived foray into Christian mysticism. Drawing from 300 short meditations by Christian mystics and contemplatives from the fourth to 11th centuries, John Anthony McGuckin's collection is arranged around themes of practice, theory and gnosis. He cautions that the book is not meant for a rapid half-hour read-through from cover to cover in one sitting, but is instead designed to be digested slowly and thoughtfully.
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outstanding. bought a copy for a close friend who likes it a lot.Published 2 months ago by Philip A. Esserwein
Great book that captures the thoughts of early Christian mystics from the first century to early middle ages. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gary Parker
great quality, as posted - delivery prompt - many thanksPublished 14 months ago by David E. Stringer
Excellent, but I want to read more than 'snippets' of the Desert Fathers. Am looking for cheaper books as these Classics of Western Spiritualiy are so pricey.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have loved reading this book. It is a book one reads slowly, for each section is a gem that one wants to ponder. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Peter H. Davids
John Anthony McGuckin has compiled an illuminating and mystical little Philokalia (love of the beautiful), containing a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom from the early Christian... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Pierian
I had purchased this book a few years ago in New York and when I moved to another country, among a library of hundreds of spiritual books within my own collection this was one I... Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Naz Georgas