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  1. Desert Father

    Desert Father

    A Journey in the Wilderness with Saint Anthony

    • by
    • James Cowan
    The spiritual exploits of Saint Anthony the Great—the prototype of the Christian "Desert Father"—have been immortalized in stories and art since the fourth century. Here is the stunning account of a modern seeker's quest to get beneath the legends that surround Anthony and to determine whether his extreme way of life has something to offer people in today's world. James Cowan's quest takes him to Egypt, to the monastery that… Read More

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  2. The Very Lowly

    The Very Lowly

    A Meditation on Francis of Assisi

    • by
    • Christian Bobin,
    • Michael H. Kohn
    Why have we come to revere Francis of Assisi, a simple thirteenth-century Italian merchant's son, as a saint? Why has his appeal endured over eight hundred years and even expanded beyond the world of Catholicism to make him one of the most beloved religious figures of all time? This penetrating meditation on Francis's life gently but sure-handedly cuts through every pious legend to uncover what is timeless and universally true… Read More

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  3. Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer

    Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer

    From the Early Church to the Present

    • by
    • Lorraine Kisly
    From John Chrysostom in the fourth century to Teresa of Avila in the sixteenth to William Butler Yeats in the twentieth, this wide-ranging collection is a treasury of writings on prayer from throughout the history of Christianity. Lorraine Kisly has arranged the material according to the great general themes of prayer—such as praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and purification—to make this anthology serve as a course in Christian prayer for anyone, as… Read More

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  4. Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing

    Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing

    Sermons, Writings, & Sayings

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    • Meister Eckhart
    • edited by
    • Dave O'Neal
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  5. The Pocket Thomas Merton

    The Pocket Thomas Merton

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    • Thomas Merton
    • edited by
    • Robert Inchausti
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  6. Love Burning in the Soul

    Love Burning in the Soul

    The Story of the Christian Mystics from Saint Paul to Thomas Merton

    • by
    • James Harpur
    The heart of the Christian faith is a direct encounter with God so profound that it can be referred to as union. It is an experience that cannot be described in words, but it can be glimpsed—in the radiant lives of the men and women called mystics. Here James Harpur presents the stories of some of the most influential Christian mystics from the past two thousand years. He… Read More

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  7. The Unknown Sayings of Jesus

    The Unknown Sayings of Jesus

    • by
    • Marvin Meyer
    Hundreds of sayings were attributed to the sage from Nazareth by ancient admirers. More than fifteen hundred versions of five hundred quotations are attributed to Jesus in the New Testament, the Gospel of Thomas, and other Gospels found at Nag Hammadi. Marvin Meyer has combed additional Jewish, Muslim, and Christian sources for another 200 of the most fascinating epigrams and parables ascribed to Jesus. Dr. Meyer includes… Read More

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  8. The Book of Mystical Chapters

    The Book of Mystical Chapters

    Meditations on the Soul's Ascent, from the Desert Fathers and Other Early Christian Contemplatives

    • by
    • John Anthony McGuckin
    The early Christian monks of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine were the spiritual heroes of their age—fleeing the security of civilization for the desert, where they sought God in lives of prayer, contemplation, and radical simplicity. This book is a portable collection of their teachings, and those of their contemplative contemporaries, ranging from the fourth through the eleventh centuries. It is arranged to the traditional model of three ascending "books": … Read More

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  9. Inner Christianity

    Inner Christianity

    A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition

    • by
    • Richard Smoley
    Inner Christianity is the first introduction to mystical and esoteric Christianity for the general reader. It speaks from a nonsectarian point of view, unearthing insights from the whole of the Christian tradition, orthodox and heretical, famous and obscure. The esoteric tradition has traditionally searched for meanings that would yield a deeper inner knowledge of the divine. While traditional Christianity draws a timeline from Adam's Fall to the Day of… Read More

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  10. Seeds

    Seeds

    • by
    • Thomas Merton
    • edited by
    • Robert Inchausti
    Thomas Merton is often considered the most prominent Christian contemplative of the twentieth century, but he was also a political activist, social visionary, and literary figure whose writings combine the candor of Thoreau and the moral vision of Gandhi. Here is a remarkably accessible introduction to his work: a collection of a short, vivid excerpts arranged in four parts so as to parallel the journey of a seeking soul in… Read More

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