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Practical Mysticism: by Evelyn Underhill - This book is a great place to start if you are new to Christian Mysticism. Evelyn Underhill goes into detail concerning the practice of mysticism. Download the audio version at Audible.com
Christian Counsel & Spiritual Letters: by Fenelon - The first eBook published and designed through ChristianMystics Books. François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon, more commonly known as François Fénelon (August 6, 1651–January 7, 1715), was a French Roman Catholic theologian, poet and writer. He today is remembered primarily as one of the primary advocates of quietism and as the author of The Adventures of Telemachus, a scabrous attack on the French monarchy, first published in 1699. This publication features both books, Christian Counsel and Spiritual Letters
Imitation of Christ: by Thomas A Kempis - Probably the most read Christian book aside from the Bible. This is a modern translation in public domain.
On Loving God: by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux - A short treatise by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux on loving God. Originally written in the early part of the 12th Century, this book continues to speak to us today on the timeless subject of how we can love God.
Practice of the Presence of God: by Brother Lawrence - Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence. Short book, letters and conversations of Brother Lawrence.
The Cloud of Unknowing Annotated, The Art of Contemplative Prayer: by J. E. Mariconda - The original "Cloud of Unknowing" represents the first expression in English that is best in Christian spiritual wisdom. My book, the "Cloud of Unknowing Annottated", provides a review of each chapter (and sections of chapters) of the original "Cloud of Unknowing" along with matching excerpts from the Bible (both old and new testaments). These Bibical excerpts inspire the call to daily prayer, and they reveal the hidden contemplative message. The cited excerpts show that the contemplative message is intentionally woven throughout the Bible.
Self-Abandonment To Divine Providence: by Jean-Pierre de Caussade - Probably the greatest classic on surrendering our wills to Divine Providence (God's will). Filled with beautiful, penetrating insights, an incredibly rich store wisdom. Shows how sanctity is to be attained amidst our common daily activities when performed to perfection and for the love of God. Written to help those who despair of ever becoming holy. A great and famous classic!
Dark Night of the Soul: by St. John of the Cross - It is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that the verse and prose works combined of St. John of the Cross form at once the most grandiose and the most melodious spiritual canticle to which any one man has ever given utterance. The most sublime of all the Spanish mystics, he soars aloft on the wings of Divine love to heights known to hardly any of them...
Meister Eckhart's Sermons: Translated by Claud Fields - The first English translation of the Christian mystic's sermons.
The Interior Castle: by St. Teresa - St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), a Spanish mystic, is considered to be one of the most profound spiritual teachers in the history of Christianity. The Interior Castle is Teresa's spiritual masterpiece.
The Way Of Perfection: By St. Teresa of Avila - A practical guide to prayer setting forth the Saint's counsels and directives for the attainment of spiritual perfection. Through the entire work there runs the author's desire to teach a deep and lasting love of prayer beginning with a treatment of the three essentials of the prayer-filled life -- fraternal love, detachment from created things, and true humility.
The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus by Saint Teresa of Avila: By St. Teresa of Avila - Written at the command of her confessors, the books of this 16th century Spanish saint and mystic (a beloved friend to another great Spanish mystic, John of the Cross), St. Teresa's writings remain classics of Christian mysticism.
Mysticism, A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness: by Evelyn Underhill - First published in 1911, Mysticism remains the classic in its field and was lauded by The Princeton Theological Review as 'brilliantly written [and] illuminated with numerous well-chosen extracts . . . used with exquisite skill.' Mysticism makes an in-depth and comprehensive exploration of its subject. Part One examines The Mystic Fact, explaining the relation of mysticism to vitalism, to psychology, to theology, to symbolism, and to magic. Part Two, The Mystic Way, explores the awakening, purification, and illumination of the self; discusses voices and visions; and delves into manifestations from ecstasy and rapture to the dark night of the soul.
Christian Mysticism: by William Ralph Inge - Anglican prelate and author. He was dean of St. Paul's Cathedral from 1911 to 1934. Well known for his originality of thought and for his pessimism, the latter earned him the title “the gloomy dean.” His works include several on mysticism, a subject in which he was much interested. If you spend a bit of time with his Christian Mysticism (1897), you should see why it's considered a "lost classic."
This Mystical Life of Ours: by Ralph Waldo Trine - Ralph Waldo Trine was a philosopher, mystic, teacher and author of many books, and was one of the early mentors of the New Thought Movement. His writings had a great influence on many of his contemporaries including Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science. He was a true pioneer in the area of life-transforming thought.
Orthodoxy, The Romance of Faith: by G. K. Chesterton - If G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith is, as he called it, a "slovenly autobiography," then we need more slobs in the world. This quirky, slender book describes how Chesterton came to view orthodox Catholic Christianity as the way to satisfy his personal emotional needs, in a way that would also allow him to live happily in society. Chesterton argues that people in western society need a life of "practical romance, the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome."
Among the Mystics: by William Fairweather - Usually only available in very expensive reprints, when it can be found, Fairweather attempts to trace the history of Mystics in the Christian tradition. Well worth a study.
The Essentials of Mysticism: By Evelyn Underhill - One of the classics on mysticism, a bit easier to digest than her opus work, Mysticism. Still, the reproduction is not as high a quality as the book itself, but wonderful for your personal spiritual library.
Origen on Prayer: By Origen - Things in themselves so supremely great, so far above man, so utterly above our perishable nature, as to be impossible for the race of rational mortals to grasp, as the will of God became possible in the immeasurable abundance of the Divine grace which streams forth from God upon men, through Jesus Christ the minister of His unsurpassable grace toward us, and through the cooperant Spirit. Thus, though it is a standing impossibility for human nature to acquire Wisdom, by which all things have been established.