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Man Before God [Paperback]

Adrienne Von Speyr

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28 Feb 2009
In Man Before God, the mystic Adrienne von Speyr offers her reflections on this personal encounter with the God who is eternal love. Acknowledging the limitations of man in the face of the boundlessness of God, she considers both the various ways God continues to speak to man through his Word in Scripture, through his Son in the sacraments, though saints and neighbors as well as the necessity for man to respond. Through her guidance, we come to see every circumstance as an invitation to encounter and worship God. From this perspective she explores with clarity and simplicity such topics as: the meaning of prayer and contemplation living in the Word the relationship between discipleship and Eucharist the place of Mary and the Church the meaning of work and the religious life, joy and truth, knowledge and darkness

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Adrienne von Speyr was a contemporary Swiss convert, mystic, wife, medical doctor and author of some 70 books on spirituality and theology. She entered the Church under the direction of one the greatest theologians and spiritual writers of the 20th century, Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar, who became her spiritual director and confessor for the last 30 years of her life. Her writings, recognized as a major contribution to the great mystical writings of the Church, are being translated and published by Ignatius Press. Among her most important works are Book of All Saints, Confession, The World of Prayer, Handmaid of the Lord, and The Passion from Within.

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5.0 out of 5 stars deep contemplation of man's encounter with God 11 May 2010
By Matthew L. Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Man Before God (2009) or in German, Der Mensch vor Gott (1966), was written by Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967), who was a Swiss Catholic physician and mystic. This work is a detailed spiritual work presenting her thought on man's encounter with the God and in a sense presents a sketch of her theological anthropology. As a scholar of Adrienne von Speyr, I find particularly fascinating her interrelation of man's limit and God limitlessness. These ideas correspond with a close friend and significant theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar, in his work Theo-Drama, volume 2, and his book Engagement with God. Many will find this spiritual work more approachable than his yet just a profound.

It is a great work formed out of her contemplation and teaches one deep yet simple contemplation.

As I encourage you to read this work, I leave you with these important lines from pages 54-55:

"Man's whole helplessness, indeed, his whole lack of future, yawns open--that is, unless he resolves to jump over his own abyss to God. God's `thou' is so surpassingly powerful that man, no matter which way he moves, always remains in his clasp. A truce with God is out of the question. You have to stick it out right where you are until you have heard everything. God does not just go his way; he wants to be listened to now, and man has to be all ears. ... as man's Creator and Redeemer, God is so close to him and understands him so well that he knows precisely how he has to handle him, how to make himself heard, what word man will respond to without fail. Much of the above lies in the Lord's words to the disciples: `Follow me.'"
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