- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (February 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571746773
- ISBN-13: 978-1571746771
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McColman, a Christian layman who practices contemplative prayer and retreat, offers an accessible guide for those who feel the need to respond to a similar call. He divides his presentation into three stages: recognizing the contemplative call, preparing to follow it, and undertaking it. He writes for an audience that he assumes shares his interest, but he doesn’t claim contemplation as either a panacea for all spiritual needs or as specific to Christianity. Relying on historical examples of such famous contemplatives as Teresa of Ávila and Augustine of Hippo, McColman also acknowledges how contemplation now is contextualized by a social and scientific world far different from that of the Middle Ages. Ending with a discussion of the community aspects of contemplation, this is a complete handbook that can lend comfort and credence to the felt needs of latter day followers of Thomas Merton. Source notes provide a wealth of resources for interested readers to consult. --Francisca Goldsmith
"Mysticism is a process and one in which everyone is called to participate. That is McColman's starting point. From there he discusses mysticism, meditation, and comtemplation. He uses the Judeo-Christian tradition as his framework. He weaves writings by and about Christian mystics through the text to help communicate his ideas, but while the quotes date back to the time of Jesus, McColman's writing brings it all forward into the 21th Century. There are sections of the text that echo Zen, Taoist, and Buddhist practice, making it an excellent natural bridge to interfaith study for Christian customers who are ready for that. Those who aren't will learn how to make traditional Christian beliefs more personally fulfilling. The mix of history and practice, communicated in real world language, makes this a very valuable resource." --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight, February 2013
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I always wanted to act and be like Christ, but McColman tells you to simply love Christ. Trying to act like Jesus is putting too much emphasis on yourself.
Being still within so God can act within you is a radical change from the Catholic understanding I had before mysticism. Prayers without words are still prayers and worship to God. On a personal note, I do zazen daily and I am Catholic. I am partial towards forms of prayer without images. I see the balances of prayers with words and without, as Carl McColman makes sure the reader understands to try both forms of prayer.
I recommend this book for someone who is inclined to resting in the will of God. I recommend this book to any of my fellow Christians, too, who like me may have interfaith dialogue or meditation with Zen Buddhists as a priority. Why? There are many agreements upon which all mystical paths can take, and a peaceful world exists where we can appreciate our differences and stay true to our roots of religious practice.
Above all -- love God, neighbor and yourself. McColman is an expert on Christian mysticism and you will learn quite a lot in this book. I haven't even touched upon other insights that you may have reading this wonderful book. But after reading, sit down and shut up. Silence is there for you to grow and be in love with God.