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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (15 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160868265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608682652
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"In this book Matthew Fox, one of the gigantic Christians of this century, engages and presents Meister Eckhart, one of the gigantic Christians of the ages, in dialogue with some of today's best minds. The result is a stunning new vision of Christianity that transcends both creeds and boundaries. It is a thrilling read."
-- John Shelby Spong, author of "The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic"

"Matthew Fox is perhaps the greatest writer on Meister Eckhart that has ever existed. No one paints as broad a portrait of the master as Fox does in this book."
-- Steven Herrmann, author of "Spiritual Democracy"

"I can't imagine a richer, juicier, or more relevant introduction to the grandeur and brilliance of Meister Eckhart's vision. Matthew Fox has given us yet another radioactive, stunning work. Every chapter is a pure, clear, and swift revelation."
-- Andrew Harvey, author of "The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism"

"[Fox] not only gives us his beloved spiritual father as a living presence for our lives but also brings us a whole rainbow of mystic-warriors as companions on the way."
-- Joanna Macy, coauthor of "Active Hope"

"Whether our species has a future on Earth does not depend on the development of more gee-whiz technologies, but on whether we are willing to move into the psycho-spiritual dimension proclaimed by Meister Eckhart and elucidated by Matthew Fox in this important book."
-- Larry Dossey, MD, author of "One Mind"

"Crucial! Fox brings Eckhart's voice into cogent meeting with a long list of pivotal global luminaries. Marrying these confluences may well determine the success or failure of our planet's inevitable process toward globalization and multiculturalism."
-- Kurt Johnson, coauthor of "The Coming Interspiritual Age"


"By connecting Eckhart's wisdom to the problems of today, Fox creates a sense of optimistic urgency; solutions do not wait in the future or lie in the past, but are present right now if people choose to act with compassion and conviction. The book is not only an excellent introduction to Eckhart's theology, but also an inspirational guidepost for connecting faith with activism."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"In this book Matthew Fox, one of the gigantic Christians of this century, engages and presents Meister Eckhart, one of the gigantic Christians of the ages, in dialogue with some of today's best minds. The result is a stunning new vision of Christianity that transcends both creeds and boundaries. It is a thrilling read."
-- John Shelby Spong, author of "The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic"
"Matthew Fox is perhaps the greatest writer on Meister Eckhart that has ever existed. No one paints as broad a portrait of the master as Fox does in this book."
-- Steven Herrmann, author of "Spiritual Democracy"
"I can't imagine a richer, juicier, or more relevant introduction to the grandeur and brilliance of Meister Eckhart's vision. Matthew Fox has given us yet another radioactive, stunning work. Every chapter is a pure, clear, and swift revelation."
-- Andrew Harvey, author of "The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism"
"[Fox] not only gives us his beloved spiritual father as a living presence for our lives but also brings us a whole rainbow of mystic-warriors as companions on the way."
-- Joanna Macy, coauthor of "Active Hope"
"Whether our species has a future on Earth does not depend on the development of more gee-whiz technologies, but on whether we are willing to move into the psycho-spiritual dimension proclaimed by Meister Eckhart and elucidated by Matthew Fox in this important book."
-- Larry Dossey, MD, author of "One Mind"
"Crucial! Fox brings Eckhart's voice into cogent meeting with a long list of pivotal global luminaries. Marrying these confluences may well determine the success or failure of our planet's inevitable process toward globalization and multiculturalism."
-- Kurt Johnson, coauthor of "The Coming Interspiritual Age"

About the Author

The author of thirty books, Matthew Fox has been an instrumental teacher and scholar in the revival of Western mysticism, particularly the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas. Fox teaches and speaks widely and lives in Oakland, California.


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By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2015
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This work by Matthew Fox has all the marks of being both well researched and well written and it is certainly very readable. It also has the commendable trait of stimulating the reader into finding out more about the various characters referred to in the text. However, the reader needs to be aware that, good as it is, we have here just one scholar's interpretation of the relevance of Meister Eckhart's teaching with regard to realistic religious belief. For instance, there is no mention of the obvious connections between the teachings of Meister Eckhart and such inspiring religious teachers as Hui Neng, Bankei and Thomas Ken or anything about the connection between Eckhart's teachings and the Diamond Sutra. Then again, although Mother Julian of Norwich is given a page to herself, the reader is not taken to the heart of the real resemblances between her teachings and those of Meister Eckhart.

This work will be of more interest to those who already know quite a bit about most of the religious teachers and mystics mentioned in the text. Matthew Fox tries too hard to relate Meister Eckhart's teachings to too many people, some of whom are clearly some way from seeing things as Eckhart did. Where this work becomes truly valuable is in how Eckhart is shown to be the true reformer seeking to inspire spirituality rather than to replace papal dictatorship with biblical dictatorship in a world in which women continued very much to be regarded as inferior to men. Eckhart knew better than this. His teachings reflect a spirituality that is beyond gender, dogma and qualified deification, and this is something that Fox skilfully brings out as we read what he has to say about the host of inspiring characters. For this alone, this work deserves five stars. People of various beliefs and no beliefs at all will find it helpful in all kinds of ways.
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HASH(0x9e808bac) out of 5 stars Meister Eckhart 27 July 2014
By Sheri Newton - Published on Amazon.com
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Meister Eckhart by Matthew Fox is a book written based on the teachings from Meister Eckhart in the 13th century. Fox is able to write in a way about the teachings that transcends religions, and gets to the heart of all of it no matter what religion you may be, because beneath all of it – it is spirituality.

Meister Eckhart is a must read book that really shows us all that what we do in our life matters, even if it is doing something not as “big” as you may think it really is. Fox is able to show in this book that the teachings of Meister Eckhart from the 13th century are actually very influential even in this modern world we live in now.

I really enjoyed learning about Eckhart through this book. It is actually the first time I had read about him, but a lot of what he taught is what I have believed in. Not 100% of all of it, but such is spirituality, right? The overall message is there for all of us to take in and become a better spiritual being.

Overall, I really like this book and will re-read it again. It is definitely an excellent resource for teachings of Eckhart and just being true to one’s own spirituality. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Meister Eckhart, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e808c00) out of 5 stars ---a significantly jolting "thrill to experience!" 18 Feb. 2015
By S.F. Campos - Published on Amazon.com
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It is next to impossible to describe either the depth, or the breadth of the exploding nebula of comprehension which simply spontaneously unfolds through this deeply insightful probe into the heart of humanity's spiritual and conceptual evolutions. It is also equally difficult to summarize Meister Eckhart's far-reaching vision which, according to Fox, encompasses it all.
The book spans centuries and every major belief system to expose the essential kernel of mysticism revealed as glowing through the works of a host of justly courageous (though not always popular) thinkers and activists, and whom Fox positions as exemplary voices in a comparative interface with the teachings, writings and actions of Meister Eckhart.
Condemned by papal bull post-mortem, Eckhart, a Dominican who lived around 700 years ago in Germany and France, little known to most people was nevertheless highly influential especially through his preserved writings---which over the centuries have inspired many great men and women and thus, the quite often revolutionary movements of thought and social change spearheaded by them. (The reader may be surprised to learn who among the well-known have embraced Eckhart's worldview.) Spotlighted also are many worldwide, who never having even heard of Eckhart, nevertheless were or are now prototypes of a similar thought and message---proof in itself that a mystical current of truth, independent of any physically discernible means of conveyance, runs directly from the same source and flows through the veins of all genuine humaneness.
And, the skill with which Fox is able to synthesize and transform deeply complex meaning into simple, clear revelations---is a downright breathtaking thrill to experience!
There was only one chapter which struck me as oddly incongruent..in places. "The Historical Jesus" opens with mention of the intensive work done recently by historical Jesus scholars who have whittled down the sayings of Jesus in the Bible to only 15% authentic (pp. 97-98). While their intent was allegedly to make sure that what is written isn't merely words put in his mouth by misinterpreters, or tacked on to propagate "the agendas of empires and bureaucracies" (p. 103), based on some comments by the various theologians cited, I couldn't help but wonder if the baby might be getting thrown out with the bathwater. For one thing, the emphasis on required self-annihilation and suffering (pp. 109-110) was sounding to me like a carryover from the "born sinner" themes which have always disparaged the importance of inborn inclinations towards joy and optimism, childhood itself, and the individual's intrinsically deserved sense of self-worth. "Self-annihilation,"
"self-abandonment," "self-shattering" are harsh words, are not the ones used in any traditional scriptures, and establishment of such necessity as a "lifelong principle" sounds like a persistent taboo against ever identifying one's self as a part of God too!
After wrestling quite awhile with this seeming incongruency, certain ideas came to me so strongly that I've decided to leave them here as a cushion, in case any other readers encounter a similar jolt: Acquired identity-aspects, such as the smug, conventionally-superior self as well as the convention-intimidated inferior one (which may deserve self-annihilation), are significantly different from the self which is rather automatically differently-inclined to be egalitarian---despite all onslaughts of criticisms it must suffer to remain so...When in recognition of "this" self as of the primal One, "letting go" of the "dead" self is not an extinction but a self-silenced/surrendered/relieved/welcomed expansion" from single self-conscious aloneness into greater allness-awareness...And, former conceptions---of what anyone has thought "heaven and earth" is---pass away, to be replaced by greater Clarity [ref. Matt. 24:35/Mark 13:31/Luke 21:33]. ---Perhaps, using harsher terms, this is what Eckhart and the theologians were all driving at? (I'm not sure, but all the other chapters in the book seem to be going that direction!)
Even though there were a few other questionable conjectures or superior/inferior-designative presumptions, I along with Fox also do applaud the historical researchers for bringing to life, from documented and archeological evidence, a vivid depiction of what the Roman empire-affected cultural setting looked like, because it helps us to better understand how "radically different" the changes that Jesus proposed were,as perceived in those days. (Tough situations do sometimes require "tough love," and tough words.)
Of course, in "this" work by Fox, Jesus' life is but one among many dozens of others which are also inviting and deserving a much deeper consideration and perhaps a good, long second look!
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HASH(0x9ed8b42c) out of 5 stars but it is a wonderful book since it brings these ancient truths with immediate ... 31 Aug. 2014
By Karin Finell - Published on Amazon.com
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My step-father a follower of Rudolf Steiner had informed me of many of the thoughts and principles, but it is a wonderful book since it brings these ancient truths with immediate clarity into our minds. I love reading git at special times, when I feel a need for centering myself and looking into my past and anticipating my future. it helps me in many ways, and I am grateful for a friend who had suggested it to me.
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HASH(0x9ed27444) out of 5 stars a great mystic writer 8 Oct. 2014
By David W Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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a great mystic writer.and Matthews Fox has opened him up for us to understand and compare with other mystics and great thinkers.there is so much more about our connection and part of God that is left untold by our churches.these are writers who have met their god and which to share their journey with you so you may learn the same path.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1351d4) out of 5 stars A Champion of the Mystic Soul is Fox! 31 Oct. 2015
By Morgana Morgaine - Published on Amazon.com
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Matt Fox has much to offer an old and airless Christianity. He has fluffed up the tired beds of belief and asked people to come alive and assert their intelligence through a dynamic heart. He has given us a resurgence of the mystic and I applaud that. My only critique is that as many religious writers, the text feels caught in the academia of thought so popular in former times; A need to justify, to present one's case, for what one writes through quotes and top heavy rational knowledge. When Matt Fox speaks in person, his passion is so much more compelling.
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