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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401923879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401923877
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Housden is the author of many books, including the Ten Poems series and Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living. His work has been featured in the New York Times and O: the Oprah Magazine. He has been a guide all over the world for contemplative journeys and is an expert on transformative poetry.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tariki on 5 Sep 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the reality around them and in them. Each selection is followed by an insightful commentary on the text. Selections are drawn from the Gospel of Thomas, Thomas Merton, R.S Thomas, St John of the Cross, Mary Oliver, Simone Weil, Rainer Maria Rilke and many many more. Though the tile speaks of "Christian" mystics, those who are attracted to the Zen tradition of Buddhism would find little to offend! The Kindle edition is faultless as far as I can see. Thank you Roger Housden for gathering these gems together.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V Brodie on 9 Oct 2014
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Spiritual poems to inspire and lift the heart!
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For lovers of mankind everywhere 21 Dec 2009
By Gregory Gieber - Published on
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One doesn't have to be strongly religious or even a Christian to enjoy this book and the insight it to life it can help you explore. I say that easily as I am not a Christian but rather a Zen Buddhist. While the poems may be those of Christian mystics, their messages are universal. I learned of this book at Zen monetary retreat that was led by Paul Haller, the abbot, and Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. Often when a question came up, they would start their reply with a poem from this book which always seemed to be appropriate. And those poems would led us in to further and often deep discussion of the nature of spirituality. For each poem, Roger Housden provides his own commentary. And while his commentary is useful [particularly on the background of the poet] his readings of the poem may not necessarily be yours or mine. But this what poetry is about: it opens your mind and gives it a general, but not precise, path for your spiritual thinking and understanding of your place in this wonderful, but troubled, world. For my many Christian friends, these poem can have, if you allow them, the same power as a Zen Koan.
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Great mystic poetry 13 Feb 2010
By Norman E. Babbitt - Published on
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This collection of Christian mystic poetry, is one of the finest books of mystical poetry of any and all kinds, I have come across. Every single poem is a jewel of (and to) the soul. I agree with another reviewer, that though it is a collection of poetry from Christian sources, it is perfectly universal in theme and flavor. The type is aethetic and somehow illuminates the paradoxical spareness and fullness of the words of the various writers. The poems strike like brief but brilliant lightning bolts, which are easily sat with in meditative fashion. I find myself reflecting silently and wordlessly with each poem. This is unusual for me, since I tend to be rather restless and eagerly "rushing" to the next poem or page of writing. Yet this work, compiled with commentary on each poem by the author, draws one to take one's time and savor each word for what they reveal of the truth and beauty behind the words. I am a lover of the mystic poets, from Rumi, to Mirabai, to Hafiz, to St John of the Cross, but this book has a special place in my heart, to which I repeatedly return often for spiritual refreshment.
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Excellent, a pleasant surprise 22 Oct 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who is far better read than I, and highly educated. I confess that I was quite skeptical, because I find most poetry does not measure up to the standard set by Shakespeare, and so I discard it. For better or worse, I am a prose person. But I'm also blessed to have had several mystical experiences, and to have learned the Christian contemplative prayer techniques. This book resonates with me. The poems are well chosen, they are helpful to the reader, and they keep me engaged. I highly recommend the book, even to prose guys. In addition, I want to recommend the Kindle edition. My Kindle is the original Fire, which fits in my slacks, or in my sport coat. Thus, I always have this poetry available, to access in all sorts of situations, for inspiration, for a resource, for simple pleasure.
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Powerful Poetry 7 Jun 2010
By Vera M. Hummel - Published on
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Housden's subtitle, Poems of the Christian Mystics, seems a bit subjective, since poets are included that I have not seen in any other lists or books of mystics. That said, the poetry Housden has selected is spiritual, deep, and powerful. Further, his brief commentaries on the poems often cause me to reread the poet with new eyes. For example, "I am, oh anxious one." in one of Rilke's poems now seems to be a poem written in God's voice.

If poetry speaks to you, this book is sure to delight you.
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mystical love 27 May 2011
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I keep this in the car to dip into at the traffic lights and other delays in my schedule, some of the verses and authors are benchmarks I return to, or contain favorite expressions. This wonderful selection of poetry is alive with enlightened imagery and is very uplifting, filled with observations from 'another life and time' it is immediate and evocative, even humorous, transforming my day and my life.
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