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Love Burning in the Soul: The Story of Christian Mystics, from Saint Paul to Thomas Merton

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The heart of the Christian faith is a direct encounter with God so profound that it can be referred to as union. It is an experience that cannot be described in words, but it can be glimpsed—in the radiant lives of the men and women called mystics. Here James Harpur presents the stories of some of the most influential Christian mystics from the past two thousand years. He ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by New Seeds
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Aug 02, 2011 Rebeccameder rated it really liked it
Took me forever to read. Was really good at putting the peoples/ mystics/ saints lives in historical context. Made me realize that most of these people weren't supernatural and far removed from us, rather they were responding to very common concerns and situations in their everyday lives and world.
Kate Davis
Started reading it for Church History I, but much of it is redundant from material covered in other courses. Probably a great introduction to lives and works of mystics, but not for the advanced student.
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Information is good. But not sure of the audience for this book. It seems halfway between a brief guide and a textbook. But written in a manner that's not really engaging.
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James Harpur has had four poetry collections published by Anvil Press: A Vision of Comets (1993), The Monk’s Dream (1996), Oracle Bones (2001) and The Dark Age (2007). Anvil have also published his Fortune’s Prisoner, a translation of the poems of Boethius. In addition, he has published a sequence of religious poems called The Gospel of Joseph of Arimathea (Wild Goose, 2008). His prose publication ...more
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