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Straight from the heart : reflections from twentieth-century mystics
Ryan, Dick.
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New York : Crossroad, [2001]

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viii, 184 pages ; 20 cm
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Being a mystic is not as hard as you may think. Many of the sayings in this collection come from spiritual masters in ordinary walks of life. The readings are arranged by theme and are chosen from Joan Chittister, T.S. Elliot, Edwina Gately, Benedict Groeschel, Anselm Gruen, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen and Joyce Rupp, just to name a few. "Here's the interesting, the tough, the beautiful truth: joy and sorrow come from the same place. It is only what we love, in other words, that can really make us suffer. So if you want to know from where your hard spots in life will come, just ask yourself what you really love the most. Be honest: REALLY love. It's there in that place alone where loss and lessons wait." - Joan Chittister: The Psalms

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In contrast to the Ullmans' book, which addresses mysticism in all eras and cultures, Dick Ryan's Straight from the Heart: Reflections from 20th-century Mystics presents writings from Christian (primarily Catholic) spiritual leaders of the last century. In this brief collection, he includes pieces by "official" (i.e., ordained) thinkers such as Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, M. Basil Pennington and Robert Morneau, as well as laypersons like W.B. Yeats and Joyce Rupp. Feminist theologians Joan Chittister and Elizabeth Johnson crop up often. The "mystics" of the title is a bit of a stretch, since the collection is arranged according to themes such as suffering, prayer, justice and faith, and does not typically attempt to describe the ineffable. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved