The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism: An Essential Guide To Contemplative Spirituality by Carl Mccolman
Is mysticism necessary for the survival of Christianity? What exactly is Christian mysticism? Questions like these inspired a newly updated edition of The New Big Book of Christian Mysticism from author Carl McColman. Read more
This book serves as both introduction and practical instruction for a living contemplative practice today. In addition to the overview of mysticism, spiritual and prayer practices in mysticism, the various types of mysticism in Christian tradition, and influential mystics through the millennia, it is now expanded to include mystics of color and queer contemplative voices, past and present.
This 'bigger' book introduces both Christians and non-Christians to the contemplative tradition within Christianity, a tradition that has often been marginalized or cloistered (to the church's detriment). As a practice-oriented book, this is an invitation to embrace the mystical element within Christianity—a practice that can equip faithful persons with a joyful sense of divine intimacy, not just for personal benefit but as a foundation to a life of service and activism in the interest of justice.