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Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ Paperback – October 11, 1999
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Andrew Harvey's Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ is a strange and wonderful book about learning to become like Jesus. Harvey, a scholar, poet, novelist, and translator (he's perhaps best known for helping incite a resurgence of interest in the 12th-century Turkish poet Rumi), draws on his extensive knowledge and experience of Christian and Eastern spiritual practices to create a profound and wide-ranging meditation on who Jesus was and why Jesus matters today. The connection between this book's beginning (a summary of historical-Jesus research) and its end (a series of meditations to help believers grow more Christ-like) is perhaps best summarized by the following passage, which also conveys the sweeping momentum of Harvey's prose:
Paying attention to how Jesus acted and in what context and to what he really said--and not on the dogmas surrounding his divinity--can have the paradoxical effect of making us take him and his actions and words even more seriously and, above all, and in the highest, most urgent sense, practically.Son of Man is also profusely illustrated with haunting black-and-white photographs by Harvey's partner, Eryk Hanut. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Poet/novelist Harvey, who attained self-revelation in his native India (A Journey to Ladakh, LJ 6/15/93) and has since been acclaimed as a mystical writer, here aims to guide the seeker in "an unfolding initiatory journey into the full nature of Christ." He sees Jesus as a mystical revolutionary who never claimed any divine or unique status but instead sought to empower people with "their essential divine identity." To that end, Harvey lays out the stages of "Christing" from the human Jesus through the Mystical Christ to the final mysteries and creative powers of Christhood. This Mystical Christ is the "androgenous, mystical, and practical Christ child that the Divine Mother, as Mary, is working to engender in all of us now." Harvey includes spiritual exercises, drawn from "early Christian traditions of mantra," medieval mystics, Gnosticism, and his own experiences. A well-thought-out book by a skilled writer that will interest mystics and New Agers.?Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This brings me to Andrew Harvey's SON OF MAN. If Christianity is to come alive again, it will have to be in a radically different form, and it will have to mean to us - at least emotionally - what it meant to the early Christians. Harvey treats Christianity not as THE way but as a way that works for him. Harvey infuses Christianity with passion, while in no way watering down or abandoning his remarkable intellect. With grace and lucidity Harvey links the two aspects of religion that interest me - mysticism and activism towards social justice - into natural and obvious aspects of the same reality. Harvey restores to our arid mindset a mythopoetic way of viewing reality that makes life rich and meaningful.
Central to Harvey's thought is the vision of Mary as the Mother of God. She is the divine feminine, who gives birth to Christ in the physical world. The justice and compassion of God's Kingdom is not, for Harvey, pie in the sky. It is here. It is now. It is physical. And it needs birthing. All of us are called to work for peace, justice, compassion, social equality. Read the Magnificat in the first chapter of Luke. Mary was the archetypal radical, a great champion of social justice. In the name of God, she demanded - as her divine Son would also demand - that the rich and powerful stop standing on the backs of the poor. Mary was indeed that very person who is demonized daily by Glenn Beck and company. It is largely because of Andrew Harvey that I can once again call myself a Christian.
The path consists of three continuous/cyclical processes: birth, death, and sacrifice. This book only teachs two of the three. The author knows how to develop a "superior I", but Is limited on devolving the ego.
If your calling is for an integral self revolution then look elsewhere.
is a book filled with jewels of the Christian mystical tradition. Anyone who is hungry to know the Son of Man intimately will hungrily devour this gem on the mystical Christian path as practiced by the mystical saints.
Discover deep, intimate revelations from the heart of a loving and compassionate God who hungers for his creation and runs after them with total abandonment within the pages of this book. Discover the heart of God through the lives of Christian saints who have known God as intimate lover and 'Beloved'. Saints such as Theresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis of Assisi, Mechthild of Magdeburg, St. Therese of Lisieux, Julian of Norwich, St. Catherine of Siena and many others who reveal glimpses of divine truth and ecstacy through their journals and writings.
In a time of stife and division, this book celebrates diversity and unity in the One. This book is not just for Christians or for those following the Western Judeo path to illumination, it is for everyone who yearns to know God intimately and to experience the beauty and depth contained in His heart of flaming love for all His creation. A must read for those who are called to be 'lovers of God.' reviewed by author: Marie Atkinson.
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Best part for me are the Spiritual exercises
Which are the first I've seen in any the
books I've read about the Mystical path.