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11jono11

United Kingdom
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Posted - Aug 13 2011 :  12:37:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Message
Recently felt an interest in Christian Mysticism. Can anyone advise any good writers?

Also

Has anyone read any Meister Eckhart? Recently been drawn towards him. Any advice on books? Also does anyone know what work of Eckhart's the quote used in Jacobs Ladder comes from: "If you're frightened of dying and you're holding on, you'll see demons tearing your life away. If you've made your peace, then the demons are really angels, freeing you from the earth."
- Meister Eckhart

Additionally, anyone know any good St John of the cross work?

Hari Om. x

Etherfish

USA
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Posted - Aug 13 2011 :  2:43:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit Etherfish's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Google "Christian Meditation". Quite a few sites come up.
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bewell

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Posted - Aug 13 2011 :  5:45:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
For a detailed scholarly history of Christian mysticism, I have found the writings of Bernard McGinn the best off the press recently.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_McGinn_(theologian)

Evelyn Underhill's writings about the history of Christian mysticism are modern classics.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Underhill

Both McGinn and Underhill comment on Meister Eckhart, but the most trendy treatment of his writings is by Matthew Fox.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Fox_(priest)

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bewell

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Posted - Aug 13 2011 :  5:52:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
For John of the Cross, I recommend going straight to the sources. I read his writings with a in a class with John Welsh who wrote this commentary/introduction to his works:
http://www.amazon.com/When-Gods-Die...p/0809131838

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stevenbhow

Japan
347 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2011 :  12:07:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Not quite Christian Mysticism, but "The Gnostic Gospels" is a good historical account of Christianity before Rome got a hold of it.
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cosmic

USA
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Posted - Aug 16 2011 :  3:17:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
I like Jean-Yves Leloup. He's translated and commented on The Gospel of Thomas, and a few other Gnostic gospels. His bio says he's a Christian mystic, and I found his commentaries insightful.

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11jono11

United Kingdom
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Posted - Sep 21 2011 :  12:21:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all as always for the advice. I've gone with this for now: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meister-Eck...21982&sr=8-2

"Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing: Sermons, Writings and Sayings
David O'Neal"

I'll let you know how it is.

Love
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Kirtanman

USA
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Posted - Sep 22 2011 :  6:55:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Kirtanman's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Jono,

I just saw this thread.

I also highly recommend anything by Tau Malachi - I've posted about him here at the forum, quite a bit.

You may want to check out his forum, here:

http://www.sophian.org/forum/

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11jono11

United Kingdom
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Posted - Sep 23 2011 :  6:42:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Hey Kirtanman,

Just read this and was sure I had seen that name before.

I've just got into Jed (through infinite causes but mainly your recommendation) and have finished the first book and so started reading the monster Jed-thread here (a book in itself) to see what AYPers have to say about him. Anyway, after a quick search realised that is where I had seen the name. Love Jeds writings by the way but will save my praise (which is extensive) and possibly questions for the Jed-thread .

As always, thank you.

Love

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Lili

Netherlands
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Posted - Nov 13 2011 :  5:53:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
I recommend the Five Pillars of Life
http://www.warriorcoachinginternati...-pillars.php
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