This is a list of great books on Christian Mysticism. All the reviews are attached to Goodreads.com so you can build your own "to read" list and recommend them to your friends. Also, please feel free to connect with me on Goodreads here. If you feel I am missing anything critical, or that you would like to see added, please let me know!

Christian Mysticism Classics

The Cloud of Unknowing
really liked it
This book a legend of mysticism in general, Christian or not. The core concepts of being vs. knowing, experiencing vs. defining, and connecting vs. understanding are all here in a profoundly old and timeless book. However, this book is o...
Dark Night of the Soul
really liked it
The Dark Night of the Soul is a spiritual lifeline. There is a deep dark valley which all who seek spiritual maturity must cross. It is the valley between our initial cultural or religious assumptions and the true unbridled nature of a r...
The Divine Milieu
it was amazing
This book is truly close to my heart. It bridges the gap between the best wisdom of mysticism regarding the personal spirit to apply these concepts to our collective spirit. So often mysticism in an introverted discipline, focusing on th...
The Great Divorce
it was amazing
This book is still the best look, to date, at what a practical Heaven and Hell would look like should it coincide with our own habits, sins, and spirituality in this life. The Great Divorce is a radical and challenging look at how we cre...
The Imitation of Christ
it was amazing
A collection of short powerful essays on examining the heart and refining the soul. It many ways it is a predecessor to Oswald Chamber's "My Utmost for His Highest." In that light, both books are designed around self-examination and shou...
Interior Castle
really liked it
The Interior Castle is one of the only books I know of which charts the course of the spiritual maturity. In that light, the book can be very hard to read as those steps which one has yet to take are hard to relate to in Teresa's book. F...
No Man Is an Island
it was amazing
This book is true soul food. Thomas Merton was an expert in humanity and the divine spirit. This collection of essays can breath new life into hardened cynics and downtrodden idealists alike.
Practical Mysticism
it was amazing
Evelyn Underhill was the first person to try to combine modern methods of instruction with the ancient traditions of mysticism. In many ways it is the original "Mysticism 101" introduction. Evelyn strives to put the deep reaching intuiti...
The Prophet
it was amazing
This is the original "Life's Little Instruction Book." A beautiful and powerful summary of how to see the divine inspiration of Creation in every day life which I regret not having read when I was younger. What today would be seen as a...
Tao Te Ching
it was amazing
by Lao Tzu
As a Christian mystic, I see the Word of God (Christ), the Logos, and the Tao as one in the same. In that light, the Tao Te Ching helped break me out of many stagnant western habits of "stinking thinking." In fact, I can say that without...
The Way of Chuang Tzu
it was amazing
This book feels like a sequel to the Tao Te Ching. With quick-to-read small parables and koans of wisdom, often as a conversation between two people, The Way of Chuang Tzu can bring a dose of enlightenment to any extended restroom trip. ...

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Contemporary Christian Mysticism Works

An Adventure in Mysticism
0 of 5 stars
tagged: contemporary-mysticism and to-read
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality
4 of 5 stars
By his own admission, Carl McColman sets out to revisit the initial efforts of Evelyn Underhill in bringing the "Ivory Tower" distance of mysticism to the life of everyday Christians. I think Carl does a great job of "hand-holding" (and ...
tagged: contemporary-mysticism
The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism
4 of 5 stars
A wonderful collection of writings all through the history of Christianity. While containing many expected works, it is the deep cuts and rare gems which make this collection shine. Even if you feel your library is exhaustive, this colle...
tagged: contemporary-mysticism
The Five Vows: Raising Your Spiritual Commitment to the Next Level
4 of 5 stars
The Five Vows by Michael Maciel is subtitled “Raising Your Spiritual Commitment to the Next Level.” But don’t misunderstand, this is not a book about monasticism. Instead, it is a book about living intentionally and with purpose (hence: ...
tagged: contemporary-mysticism

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