Book Review: Christian Mysticism, a Psychotheology

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This article is a review of the book, "Christian Mysticism". The author claims that the mystic is not trying to gain any spiritual power, but that they are trying to immerse themselves more deeply into God's love.

The mystical experience, at its true heart, is an experience with love. It is about finding a peace which does not just passively sit in us, but moves us into a loving mobilisation in the being of our true selves.

The book in a nutshell: A quick synopsis

"Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science."

The above quote is from the French philosopher, Henri Bergson, (1859 to 1941). He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927.

This book is about Christian mysticism. It purports to show you the Christian way for you to become a mystic. The author claims that it is only mysticism and mystery that can keep us healthily sane.

The mystic sees, "everything all at once against the background of eternality". Mysticism is, "our own experiential awareness of God".

The words bolded out in the line just above come from the back cover of this book.

This book is indeed a great introduction to mysticism, and it explains mysticism from the Christian perspective.

A deeper analysis of this great book

The writer claims here that all Christian mystics are deeply indebted to revelation for their mystical type of experiences.

He backs this idea up by quoting the well-known Christian mystic, Saint John of the Cross.


Saint John of the Cross, (1542 to 1591) was a Spanish mystic, and a Roman Catholic saint.

Saint John of the Cross advised us not to trust our everyday life experiences, nor our accumulation of Worldly knowledge alone. Both may prove inadequate and fail or deceive us at times.

Saint John of the Cross tells us to be guided more by divine scripture that has been written under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, than by our own thoughts about any of this.

Christian mysticism relies heavily on the Christian bible then. The two are inseparable.

"In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone."

The above quote is one from Saint John of the Cross.

Love of God is a command, but it is also an invitation, says the author of "Christian Mysticism". To love fully, we must embrace our own nothingness with such a great humility, that we are then lifted into God's everything. This is the ultimate mystical experience for us all.

Questions of our own, can we still ask them then, or not?

Is what Saint John of the Cross telling us above about our not just willy-nilly forever just following our own thoughts, really entirely true then though, or not?

Can we actually contemplate and pray about these things, and so can we then have these truths come into us as real truths then, or not?


Love, and all will be revealed.

God is love, and so are you when you love.

Christian mysticism is about living from love, and letting love lead you, as it's taking you to where it needs to take you to.

This is towards experiences with love that will continually give to you a greater understanding of your own role in spreading God's message of love through your living from this love from your own life, and by your loving it, your life, and what you are doing and becoming for God, that is, what he wants you to become for him, by your deeply living your life from only love for God.

An interior God reveals to us his greatest secrets with an unshakeable certitude when we are born again by allowing ourselves to receive his gift of the Holy Spirit, and allow this spirit then to forever after dwell within us, guiding us in God's way as we live our life now entirely only for God.

This experience can only be indisputably a mystical one, claims this author.

A summary of the ideas in this book, and a brief look at the author

The author of this book is William McNamara.

He writes this book not just for the thinking person. But he does say, that mysticism is not about "tripping out", but more about "standing in," as he so aptly puts it.


It is about becoming more deeply immersed within the World by seeing this world with the softened mystical eyes of a greater understanding. Sure, we might need to make certain sacrifices, but our life will be a richer one by our so doing.

William McNamara is arguably one of the most influential spiritual writers of our present time. At the same time, he is also one of the most mysterious, mystical figures of the twenty-first century.

William founded the Spiritual Life Institute, a Carmelite Hermitage, with branches in Colorado (United States), and in Ireland. He has written many other books on Christian mysticism too. He is a Catholic priest who has touched many lives through his running of retreats, and through his spiritual conferences, and lecturing. He is also a gifted spiritual counsellor.

Read this book, it will change who you think that you are, and reveal to you a much deeper you. It will help you and show you the simplest and the truest way for you to become a mystic.

Photo credits: All photos used in this article, (except for the book cover photo, which belongs to this author) have been sourced from the free media site, Wikimedia Commons.

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Book Review, Book Reviews, Christian Mysticism, Mysticism, Spiritual Writers, Spiritual Writing, The Christian Way, The Mystic, William Mcnamara

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I have been interested in the spiritual fields for over thirty five years now. My writing is mostly in this area.

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author avatar micheal
7th Jan 2015 (#)

interesting article, although I am a little suspicious of these mystics, especially catholic ones

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author avatar spirited
7th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks for commenting micheal. I like to explore all paths in my own way and see what they have to offer.

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author avatar micheal
7th Jan 2015 (#)

there is a man I have recently started to really take a liking too. His name is Tsarion, he is an irish man and has wrote books, but he can also be found on youtube, he's well worth checking out if you haven't already.

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author avatar spirited
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Yes, I like his approach in mixing history with metaphysics and coming up with different explanations linking in mythology, and various other New Age thinking.

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author avatar Utah Jay
7th Jan 2015 (#)

I wonder if sometimes we balance too much on he edge of love, most people have no idea what the word means. They think sex, or relation ships, but it is so much deeper than that...Again you have us thinking.

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author avatar spirited
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Utah Jay.

Yes, most of us are fence sitters. We need great courage to go love's way, and to follow where our heart is leading us too.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
9th Jan 2015 (#)

You are a one of a kind writer in this subject and happy to read all of your posts Spirited!

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author avatar spirited
9th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks Fern, we are all one of a kind writers in our way.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jan 2015 (#)

It is good to understand life and creation from different points of view but we may still be beating about the bush of reality. Keep exploring than blindly accepting and why not use our brain that we are born with as it should serve its purpose - siva

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author avatar spirited
11th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks siva. Yes, I think we have to look at things through our own eyes to properly see and understand these things.

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