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The Impact of God: Soundings from St John of the Cross (Hodder Christian Paperbacks) Paperback – 21 Sep 1995

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (21 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340612576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340612576
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This impressive book introduces us to the beautiful, painful world of John of the Cross, who is still our surest guide into the mystery of God's love. (Abbott Christopher Jamieson)

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A modern insight into the legendary Christian mystic St John of the Cross.

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In my opinion, no other mystic offers instruction on the spiritual path in such a systematic and helpful way as St. John of the Cross. This book is unique too, because (as far as I know) there is no other non-academic work which explores John's ideas so thoroughly and carefully.
It's a book to be read slowly, though, as John talks of a world and an experience which is utterly beyond and above most of our imaginations... yet one, he assures us, that is open and available for us all.
I can't recommend this book enough. It gave me hope, courage and inspiration - I hope it has a similar effect on you.
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This book takes John of the Cross off the shelf & out of the incomprehensible realm of 'mystic'. Matthew succeeds in making John's teaching relevant without compromising John's message. No small task but one for which modern readers should be grateful. I am.
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This is a MUST, if you are interested in close union with God and Prayer. It is simple to read and the examples are every day ones that make much sense and make it easier to understand.

I have recommended it to numerous people and probably will also buy copies to hand to some contacts of mine. It has made a big difference to my prayer life. I hope it sill do the same for you.
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The Impact of God is profound, beautiful and a must read for those who want to discover the richness of the carmelite spirituality. It also explains John of the Cross wonderfully. It is also pleasant to read.
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The Impact of God is my favourite book on the life of St John of the Cross.
Easy to read and get a real insight into the life of the Saint and his sufferings. Some books about St John of the Cross try too hard to intellectualize him, which makes him harder for lay persons to understand. But this book really explains his deep Love for Christ and the spiritual path that led St John to encounter Him.
I loved it so much, I bought another copy for a friend.
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Fr. Matthew writes well and authoritatively on St. John of the Cross. Perhaps most useful is his explanation of what St. John of the Cross means and how to interpret his writings. I was recommended to read this book before reading other works of St. John of the Cross. It was an enjoyable book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in his Catholic faith.

The book's only (to my mind) negative trait is that he defies convention and refers to the person (3rd person singular) as "she" instead of "he". It is explained in the beginning that this is due the Latin "alma" (soul) which is feminine. I accept that I may simply be over-sensitive to social engineering via politically correct language, and therefore my criticism is based on my own possible misinterpretation.

My criticism in no way detracts from the message of the book, nor the information with which I was provided. Excellent work.
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Very helpful in an emotional context and amazing insight on the human condition. Don't get hung up on the God part as its used as a metaphor for those unseen forces that surround and influence our lives.
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Read a lot on St John Of The Cross,always left me a little bit to hard,to do,or understand.This book is the best interpretation of his work,without missing ::the meat;;of what John is trying to say.Makes it possible for the average Christian to get to grips with,and if you feel like it,put into practise.A book,I am sure I will be returning to again and again::excellent.
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