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Love's Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life

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Scott Cairns is convinced that "the words of the mystics sacramentally partake of the Word Himself, and as such are inexhaustible, generative powers." These selections are unified in their common claim that Love is the most compelling name of God, and also the most apt attribute of the Holy One in Whom we live and move and have our being. In that spirit, Cairns offers Love ...more
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published May 31st 2007 by Paraclete Pr
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Troy Bronsink
Live in this book for a year or two and see what happens. The words of mystics, desert fathers and mothers, and patristics begin to shape a place of listening within you. I was amazed at the synergy across centuries about the noetic: the space in which our communion-with-God souls, inhabit our made-for-good-works bodies.

I have read it for 3 years now, always surprised by how candid Cairns can be, and how truly long the path of the mystic is. A brilliant poet and a brilliant concept.
Michael Morris
Love's Immensity is a wonderful collection of sayings, encouragement, wisdom, and observations from many of Christianity's most influential mystics, all put into accessible and often time powerful verse by Scott Cairns. While some of the poems are a bit prosy for me, the overall collection is delightfully edifying.

Making poems of these wonderful words is certainly more than putting line in breaks in, and Cairns handles the task with the aplomb he puts into crafting his own marvelous verse. These
I like how the author used the ministry and focus of saints in the church to form poetry that reflects their contributions and thought.

This book was interesting to me from a historical standpoint, as I did not have any experience with the Christian mystics. However, I don't think it offered me any new revelations...
This is a wonderful idea: have a poet retranslate words by Christian writers from Paul to the 19th century. Gives their words new life.
Jonathan Hiskes
I'm not spiritual enough for these. Need more particulars.
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Scott Cairns -- how can I go wrong?
Excellent. Buy it, read it, re-read it.
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