Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Practical Mysticism; and, Abba: Meditations on the Lord's Prayer” as Want to Read:
Practical Mysticism; and, Abba: Meditations on the Lord's Prayer
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book

Practical Mysticism; and, Abba: Meditations on the Lord's Prayer

by
4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"God gives without stint all that the creature needs, but it must do its part. He gives the wheat: we must reap and grind and bake it." –Evelyn Underhill

In these two classics, British poet and mystic Evelyn Underhill shows herself to be one of the most authoritative modern voices on mysticism. Written on the eve of World War I, Practical Mysticism reviews the works of the
...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 19th 2003 by Vintage (first published 1915)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Practical Mysticism; and, Abba, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Practical Mysticism; and, Abba

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
David Mullens
At times I struggle with the writing style of Evelyn Underhill. At times there are very long and descriptive paragraphs. Yet, I'm glad I stuck with it. There is a wealth of insight into living an active life and still having a strong inner life.
Catherine Corman
Jan 30, 2014 Catherine Corman rated it it was amazing
You have long been like a child tearing up the petals of flowers in order to make a mosaic on the garden path; and the results of this murderous diligence you mistook for a knowledge of the world

-Evelyn Underhill, Practical Mysticism
Joseph Dunn
Jun 24, 2012 Joseph Dunn rated it really liked it
Clear, concise, articulate, heady, and cerebral. This is a fine supplement to those interested in the mystic realm of spirituality, especially those comfortable with the Christian method. Too often, many books of this nature are "floaty" and seem to dance around the point they mean to make. Underhill's strength is her intellectual gift with language. It is also fused with real spirit and inspiration. I would recommend accompanying this book with something like, "Grist for the Mill" by Ram Dass, ...more
James
Mar 21, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
I keep this one on my Kindle so I can read it randomly.
BookDB
BookDB marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2016
 Flav
Flav marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2016
Sarah
Sarah marked it as to-read
Sep 18, 2016
Demi
Demi marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2016
Liketothelark
Liketothelark marked it as to-read
Aug 10, 2016
Daniel Coburn
Daniel Coburn rated it it was amazing
Jul 04, 2016
Steven Chang
Steven Chang marked it as to-read
May 22, 2016
Ruth Crocker
Ruth Crocker marked it as to-read
May 16, 2016
Galaxy
Galaxy marked it as to-read
Apr 30, 2016
Gil Johnson
Gil Johnson marked it as to-read
Apr 09, 2016
Xxnailz
Xxnailz is currently reading it
Apr 09, 2016
Alexa Burks
Alexa Burks marked it as to-read
Apr 05, 2016
Bertie
Bertie marked it as to-read
Mar 23, 2016
Patrascu Delia
Patrascu Delia marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2016
mary
mary rated it really liked it
Feb 11, 2016
Ian Donnelly
Ian Donnelly marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2016
Robby
Robby marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2016
Jim Kuhlman
Jim Kuhlman rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2016
Marcas SOG
Marcas SOG marked it as to-read
Dec 11, 2015
Robert McDermott
Robert McDermott rated it really liked it
Dec 10, 2015
Katherine
Katherine marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2015
Crystal
Crystal marked it as to-read
Nov 16, 2015
Scott
Scott rated it it was amazing
Oct 08, 2015
Ted
Ted is currently reading it
Sep 27, 2015
Pj Muncy
Pj Muncy marked it as to-read
Sep 18, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is
  • The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism
  • Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion
  • Guide to Prayer: For Ministers & Other Servants
  • The Wound of Knowledge: Christian Spirituality from the New Testament to St. John of the Cross
  • The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross
  • The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance
  • Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey Into Meditative Prayer
  • 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics
  • The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth
  • Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices For Personal Renewal
  • Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life
  • A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
  • Selected Writings
  • Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year
  • The Spiritual Exercises
  • Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor
  • The Cloud of Unknowing and The Book of Privy Counseling
112836
Evelyn Underhill was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism.

In the English-speaking world, she was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the twentieth century. No other book of its type—until the appearance in 1946 of Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy—
...more
More about Evelyn Underhill...

Share This Book



“Therefore it is to a practical mysticism that the practical man is here invited: to a training of his latent faculties, a bracing and brightening of his languid consciousness, an emancipation from the fetters of appearance, a turning of his attention to new levels of the world. Thus he may become aware of the universe which the spiritual artist is always trying to disclose to the race. This amount of mystical perception—this “ordinary contemplation,” as the specialists call it—is possible to all men: without it, they are not wholly conscious, nor wholly alive. It is a natural human activity, no more involving the great powers and sublime experiences of the mystical saints and philosophers than the ordinary enjoyment of music involves the special creative powers of the great musician.” 4 likes
“As the beautiful does not exist for the artist and poet alone—though these can find in it more poignant depths of meaning than other men—so the world of Reality exists for all; and all may participate in it, unite with it, according to their measure and to the strength and purity of their desire.” 4 likes
More quotes…