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This review is from: Big Book Of Christian Mysticism (Paperback)
This, as the slightly tongue in cheek title suggests, is a book for anyone wanting an overview of this often misunderstood area of the Christian experience. It is not an academic book and does not pretend to be, however the reading list is comprehensive with an eclectic range of some leading academic contributors mixed in with popular authors. The same can be said for the list of names to look out for in the 'Communion of Mystics' section. 'Experts' may be surprised at some that do qualify for inclusion or perhaps more so, some that do not. This is to be expected in a subject area that is often very personal.
This introduction is much enlivened by being written from the personal perspective of an author who clearly wishes to bring what he describes as 'Christianity's best kept secret' to a wider audience. It combines a fairly wide view of the main issues of the subject area with an introduction to some of the practices of the contemplative tradition. As a personal verdict I think this book does its intended job well.