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Let Yourself be Loved: Elizabeth of the Trinity
Let Yourself be Loved: Elizabeth of the Trinity
by Eugene McCaffrey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to a beautiful soul, 15 April 2013
Thérèse of Lisieux and Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity were both French and were also near contemporaries in Carmel. The enormous impact of Thérèse over the years has inevitably resulted in Elizabeth being less well known. Since Elizabeth's beatification more and more are getting to know her and coming to love her own message, which is quite distinct from that of her better known sister in religion. With the testimony of the often bewildering array of saints that is now available it is sometimes difficult to know where to start, so this pleasantly written introduction by Eugene McCaffrey is just such a place. Elizabeth changes lives and through this little book she will now hopefully reach many more.


Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery
Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery
by Hans Boersma
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.78

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent study, 15 Mar 2013
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Anyone with an interest in the development of the Nouvelle Théologie movement in France in the first half of the 20th century should not miss this book. What is remarkable is that this apparently very Catholic subject matter is given such an insightful reading by a non Catholic author.

The result is a study that makes a real contribution to an ecumenical understanding of a movement that had a major influence on the changes in the Catholic Church that came about after the Second Vatican Council.


Elizabeth of the Trinity: the Unfolding of Her Message: Volume I: In the World & in Community
Elizabeth of the Trinity: the Unfolding of Her Message: Volume I: In the World & in Community
by Joanne Mosley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wide ranging study, 15 Mar 2013
At the time of writing, hopes for Elizabeth of the Trinity's canonisation have never been higher, and with this in mind, these two volumes are a welcome addition to the material that is available in English. These volumes will not disappoint provided it is understood what they are not. This is neither an introductory work, nor is it an academic study and if we add that (by the author's own admission) it does not set out to be a biography, one might wonder on what basis it is to be recommended. It is these apparent omissions, which one review that I have seen counts as weakness, that for me are really the strength of this attractively priced two volume study.

Good introductory works in English exist already, for instance Jennifer Moorcroft's biography and Marian Murphy's spirituality study. What Mosley has managed to do is fill in some of the missing pieces for the reader who wants to go a little further. Conrad de Meester's 2006 biography in French remains the unassailable standard work, but is not yet in English translation. Mosley manages to transfer and reference much valuable material from the French study as part of her own project and this is a real bonus

Volume One deals with Elizabeth's life up until her final eight months and gives access to source material from diaries, personal notes and poetry. In the past this material, also not available in English, has sometimes been dismissed as either naïve or sentimental. Debate over the literary merit misses the real value, which is to give us insights into the process of Elizabeth's personal transformation. For both these reasons Mosley's focus is thus to be welcomed.

Volume Two is really a set of mini studies and none the worse for that. As one might expect in looking at Elizabeth's last year, we have the author's very personal exegesis of the two important treatises 'Heaven in Faith' and 'Last Retreat', written shortly before her death. What is however new is that for the first time Mosley has collected together in one place the story of how Elizabeth has been received since her death and how the beatification process has developed. This is a useful summary for future students.

Not a basic introduction, not a study for the academic expert but for those in the middle this will be a 5 star choice.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what was needed, 30 Dec 2012
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I was looking for something to use for office power points and occasional DVD use at home. The spec was much improved by getting a small plug in thingy to change the slides. As is apparent from my comments, I really am not a technical person but this did exactly what it said on the tin and as it required not much more than plugging in, even I was able to get it working!


Spiritual Pilgrims: Carl Jung and Teresa of Avila
Spiritual Pilgrims: Carl Jung and Teresa of Avila
by John Welch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.72

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting comparison, 30 Dec 2012
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This is an interesting comparison between two great thinkers: Carl Jung and Teresa of Avila. The author provides an accessible introduction to the thought of Jung which considering the extraordinary breadth of Jung's life work is wisely limited to his thoughts on personal transformation and religious symbolism. John Welch as a Carmelite of the Ancient Observance does not claim to be a Jungian expert and the spirituality of Teresa's Discalced Carmelite reform is equally not his home territory. What therefore may appear at first glance to be a weakness is actually one of the books strengths as it makes it accessible to anyone new to thinking about the crossover between the 'languages' of the mystical tradition and depth psychology. The subject is well set out and clearly invites further reflection.


Maximus the Confessor (The Early Church Fathers)
Maximus the Confessor (The Early Church Fathers)
by Andrew Louth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful volume, 31 Oct 2012
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Maximus the Confessor seems to be getting more of the attention he deserves in recent years. A good selection of commonly quoted sources is available elsewhere in the excellent 'Classics of Western Spirituality' series. This volume is a real bonus as it makes available an alternative selection from the 'Ambigua'. For myself, as someone beginning to find my way about Maximus, this edition would have been worth buying for Andrew Louth's excellent 77 page introduction alone.


Word and Silence: Hans Urs Von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter between East and West
Word and Silence: Hans Urs Von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter between East and West
by Raymond Gawronski
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very usefully focused study., 31 Oct 2012
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The range of the thinking of Hans Urs von Balthasar is so vast and also spread across the many books that he wrote so it it particularly useful to have a study that concentrates on one aspect of this huge output.This book looks at von Balthasar's relationship with the East. Raymond Gawronski uses the term 'East' fairly broadly to encompass neo-Platonism, the Eastern Christianity focused around Evagrius Ponticus and pseudo-Dionysius with occasional forays into Buddhism. The author illustrates his study with many quotations so the copious footnotes locating these references amongst von Balthasar's vast output is very useful for anyone who wants to follow them up. Unfortunately for the English speaker the references are to the original German editions but at least one has somewhere to start looking! Not light reading but a real help to anyone trying to get closer to this great thinker.


St. John of the Cross OCT (Outstanding Christian Thinkers)
St. John of the Cross OCT (Outstanding Christian Thinkers)
by Peter Tyler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction, 27 April 2012
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It is good to see such a useful introductory text being available. I fear that St John of the Cross is often more quoted than read and I hope this book by Peter Tyler will encourage more to get involved in actually reading this great thinker's works. Peter Tyler has wide interests in the field of spirituality, both academic and practical. This allows his appreciation of John to range across the disciplines of theology, philosophy and psychology which will help anyone new to John to appreciate the depth and breadth of his thought and its continuing relevance for us today. This multi-disciplined approach ensures that this book will provide a valuable background not only for students but also for the practitioner of prayer.


A Short Method of Prayer and Other Writings (Hendrickson Christian Classics)
A Short Method of Prayer and Other Writings (Hendrickson Christian Classics)
by Madam Guyon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful resource, 15 Feb 2012
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A great deal has been written about Madame Guyon and most of it fairly critical of either her alleged Quietism or her role in the downfall of Francois Fénelon. It is good to now have access to two of her most characteristic works, which are available in what appears to be a good idiomatic English translation. It does not ultimately matter whether you agree with Madame Guyon's theology or prefer the criticisms raised by her tormentors: at least with access to some of her writing it is now possible to decide for oneself. Hendrickson Christian Classics are to be thanked for making this available.


The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality (Michael Glazier Books)
The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality (Michael Glazier Books)
by Michael Downey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £59.87

5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous resource, 27 Dec 2011
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Like all specialist dictionaries the price of this book will make one pause. I used it to support post-grad study in spirituality, which I came to without much of a formal theological background so I found this a very useful tool to fill in some of the gaps. G A Gerrard is quite right to say that one should not think that its focus on spirituality implies a narrowness of approach, indeed it would be true to say that 'spirituality' by definition leads to an engagement with a range of modern life issues. Have a look also at the SCM Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (ed. Philip Sheldrake). The SCM approach is less specifically Catholic but prefaces the main dictionary with some very good introductory essays that survey the main issues for someone new to Spirituality. I have to admit that I solved my indecision in the end by buying both and did not regret it!


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