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Journey to the Heart: Christian Contemplatives Through the Centuries

There is a rich tradition of mysticism within Christianity, but it has often been underplayed.

Journey to the HeartAt one time or another, all of us have been awed by our inability to understand something strange or powerful that we have experienced. There are so many mysteries: God, human nature, the ties that bind us together, the goodness that brings tears to our eyes, and the disasters and tragedies that lie beyond reason.

Journey to the Heart by Kim Nataraja presents a diverse and soul-stirring group of Christian mystics who have paved the way for a richer and deeper devotional life and understanding of God's presence in all that we do, say or think.

This survey takes us from Jesus (an essay by Laurence Freeman) to the contemporary contemplative John Main (an essay by Stefan Reynolds). Other mystics covered include the desert fathers, St. Benedict, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Merton and Bede Griffiths.

Journey to the Heart is bound to open doors for those who are unfamiliar with these Christian pathfinders (Orbis Books).


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