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Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots

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Healing the Divide" is a bold call to understand Jesus according to the earliest lineage of Christian Mystics--a call to transform our dualistic minds and heal a divided Church. This book is a must-read if you find yourself frustrated by the fundamentalist and new age polarization of twenty-first-century Christianity; bewildered by religious pluralism; searching for ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 29th 2013 by Resource Publications
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Richard Lewis
Sep 21, 2015 Richard Lewis rated it it was amazing
Wow! Very powerful book! Opened me up to a new way of thinking about my faith. I will now re-read it, including the appendixes. This book has opened up a new world for me to enter and explore for the rest of my earthly life. This non dual path will make me more whole. I will share with others.
Cynthia Astle
Sep 21, 2015 Cynthia Astle rated it really liked it
Amos Smith gives today's Christians something they've needed since the Protestant Reformation -- a way to understand the divergent streams of Christian faith in a unified way. Not only does it illuminate the history of the faith, it offers something sorely lacking in today's proof-burdened world: a tool for understanding how human life intersects with the transcendent. Anyone who despairs of Christianity's future should do themselves a favor to read this book without delay.
David Arellano
Sep 17, 2015 David Arellano rated it it was amazing
In his book, 'Healing the Divide" Amos Smith, takes us to the secret wisdom made known in glimpses and mysteries. New mysteries may be revealed, maybe even the Messiah would appear. 'Wisdom’ is to be found in all of this and more. For me, personally, it has taken me on a journey with symbolic colored embroidery and mystical figures.
Scotty B
I enjoyed this book. It was kinda out there but sorta like it out there. I didn't agree with all it said but I rarely do with any book
Fred Grewe
Jan 24, 2015 Fred Grewe rated it really liked it
Karl Rahner, a theologian seer from the last century famously said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” If he is right (and I think he is) Amos Smith’s Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots is a gift for all seekers aching for just such a mystical experience.

The primary focus of the book is what Smith terms the Jesus Paradox: God is in the nitty-gritty stuff of everyday life and the transcendent mystery above all reality – both at the
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David Ramos
Nov 23, 2015 David Ramos rated it it was amazing
This book was able to put into words something that has frustrated me since I began seminary. I’ll try to explain.

Everything is simplified these days. There’s a shortcut to this, or a way to master this in only 5 mins a day. We are obsessed not with mastery but with small, bite sized versions of life. And by extension, bite sized versions of Christianity. But if you feel like there are things missing from your Sunday services or Bible studies it’s because there is!

There is a depth and beauty to
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Clark Eide
Jan 17, 2016 Clark Eide rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amos Smith brings a new perspective to modern Christianity. He looks to offer a solution to Christianity's present divide, "careening towards fundamentalism on the one hand and rootless new age Christianity on the other." The author does bring us a tremendously valuable tool via his study of the Alexandrian Mystics - and that is to find divine union through our own mystical experience - as they did. These "athletes of the soul" depended upon prayer ("they truly prayed") to experience God ...more
David
Sep 23, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
Amos SmithAmos Smith's book is a significant call to a more integrated understanding of faith. Inspired by some of the most ancient Christian contemplatives, he charts a course that bridges the false division between contemplative and activist, as well as liberal and conservative, interpretations of Christianity. The subject matter here is deep without being esoteric or academic. This is a very practical book, well-suited to a lay readership. Contemporary Christians live in a culture that often ...more
Gordon Hooker
Sep 24, 2015 Gordon Hooker rated it really liked it
I have read a number of books this year and this one is up the top of preferred list along with Richard Rohrs Eager to Love. The number of ahaa moments and the number of yellow highlights I have peppered through the kindle version pretty much sum up my impression of the book. I was a little wary at first and thought hmmmm I don't know about that, but on reflection it all started to fall into place. I recommend anyone serious about deeper reading on Christology and Christian mysticism should buy ...more
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Sep 19, 2015 Rleitcheastlink.Ca rated it it was amazing
Healing the Divide supports those of us who believe in the historic Jesus as well as The Cosmic Christ. The book is overwhelming with detail and needs to be "studied" . There are great questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate this approach. It would be useful for scholars and lay people alike. Actually the book could be the basis of an "ecumenical approach course" at a university. It sure has a universal and detailed approach to the good news of the Incarnation, the Jesus Paradox., the ...more
Amos Smith
Sep 21, 2015 Amos Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing Healing The Divide has been a wonderful journey, and as a result of the book I've gotten to know some amazing people like Rich Lewis and Kimberly Holman.

I'm glad that Healing The Divide has been well received and reviewed and is part of the curriculum for the Living School of The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC | Richard Rohr).

Thanks to my readers for your support! I enjoy hearing from you!
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Amos is a family man, hiker, seasoned Centering Prayer practitioner, retreat leader, Contemplative Christian writer, amateur musician, dish washer, desert dweller, and ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) pastor. His writing has been published in various newspapers and magazines including The Billings Gazette, The Spokesman Review, Friends Journal: Quaker Thought and Life Today, and Chicago ...more
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“Christianity’s job, in the words of George Fox, is to live in the “power, life, light, seed and wisdom, by which we may take away the occasion of wars.” 3 likes
“Faith cannot be about absolute certainty in the letters of the Bible and wrath against those who don’t comply (Ephesians 2:15). It has to be about overwhelming trust in God’s love,6 which as the apostle Paul confirms, is beyond the letter of law and narrow legalistic interpretations.” 3 likes
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