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The Way of Paradox: Spiritual Life as Taught by Meister Eckhart
This volume provides an introduction to the work of Meister Eckhart and a guide to the spiritual life.
Published November 1st 2004 by Darton Longman and Todd
(first published January 1st 1987)
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A brilliant book on the thought of Meister Eckhart. Instead of giving an exegesis of some of Eckhart's works, Smith describes in broad strokes the spirituality of Meister Eckhart, and how his ideas hang together. But Smith also describes how Eckhart's thought can be a source of inspiration for spirituality today. Interestingly, because of Smith's description of Eckhart's thought - especially in the way Eckhart's ideas are shot through wich paradox - Eckhart's spirituality comes very close to tha ...more
I enjoyed this book, it was an engaging enough bite-sized chunk of Meister Eckhart's teachings from a very astute and knowledgeable author. It was fascinating for me to read what are essentially non-dual teachings from the perspective of a Christian. Having had a catholic upbringing, dropping the faith and coming to advaita and nonduality via buddhism, this felt like a coming home of sorts to a Christian language that, although familiar, has remained utterly mysterious to me. To finally understa ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Charlotte Wrenn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like Eckart Tolle, C.S. Lewis
Recommended to Charlotte by: John O'Donohue, writer
This is a an incredible book that I am now reading for the third time - I want to breathe this knowledge. Cyprian Smith lucidly explains the main themes of Meister Ekhart's teaching, while relating it to the insights of modern psychology. It is as current and alive a spiritual book in 2012 as if the Master actually lived as though 'time' was now. Riveting! I cannot recommend it highly enough!
I found this to be an interesting and engaging guide to the spiritual insights of Meister Eckhart and his relevance for spiritual life today (particularly for Christians, though non-Christians with some understanding of Christian theology and its concepts may find this a fruitful read too). Smith links the work of Eckhart with the spiritual challenges, insights, and yearnings that he identifies today. The book is not a how-to guide for specific spiritual practices, but in this way Smith encourag ...more
Fr. Smith does a decent job of summarizing and interjecting aspects of Eckhardt's teachings into palatable formats that can be chewed for nourishment of spiritual lives. The book should be read several times slowly to allow time for meditative thought on the keys that it contains. It is definitely worth keeping in your library for reference over time. ...more
I found this book to be interesting, but not particularly well written. The author often fails to distinguish between his thinking from Eckhart's. Worse, he uses confusing metaphors and fails to define key terms adequately. I wish I could recommend this book, but I can't. ...more
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