Books are great and all, but we live in a modern age where we can use the Internet to actually have interactive conversations. Even so, with all the billions of people online, finding the "good stuff" can be hard. This is list of authors and bloggers who I respect, and who's writings I enjoy. While not necessarily directly related to "Christian Mysticism," they all share passion for looking a faith and spirituality beyond the walls of traditional religion.
Carl does what I pretend to do. He is a respected author, speaker, teacher, and beard aficionado for Christian Mysticism. I have enjoyed his work greatly, and he is a great author to follow if you are just getting into a pursuit of a healthy contemplative practice.
He also wrote "The Big Book of Christian Mysticism" which was in my library list.
Rachel wrote "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" and is a great advocate for gender equality in the church, and in general. She is highly engaged in the progressive Christian community, and stays active on her blog and around the web. She also regularly reviews other books and connects with other authors, so following her is like staying in touch with a whole community.
by Brett Fish Anderson
Brett is a fellow idealist, and certified "sexy beast," who is out to change the world. He is part of Common Change, an innovative software solution for managing resources in a Christ-centered community. He also runs TwoCents.co which speaks about money and faith.
Stephen is a talented blogger who is as insightful as he is fun to read. He has a cutting wit, and is often a source of therapy for me to say, "Oh good, so it's not just me..." He has a great heart for Christ, for the Church, and for social justice. I would consider him a "fellow discontent" in that he spends just as much time facing the issues in Christian culture, as he does defending Christianity.
The Integrated Person
by Jonathan Dunnemann
Jonathan has a "hands on" perspective with applying our beliefs and convictions to those around us in a way that heals, others and ourselves. His blog is actively engaged in current culture, is delightfully personal, and has a lot of insight in working through bad thought-habits. We hold in common the belief that much of our inner-turmoil comes from trying to deny parts of ourselves, self-deception, and thinking we are divided from our fellow man. Hence, "The Integrated Person" - http://jonathandunnemann.blogspot.com/
The Naked Pastor
by David Hayward
The Naked Pastor is a cartoonist, artist, and writer who entertains while he confronts the biggest issues in the Christian community today. His one-panel comics have often done a better job nailing an issue or communicating a problem better than many books and essays I have read. David also has a strong heart for those who have experienced trauma, especially when that trauma is from inside their own church communities. If you have been wounded by religion, David's site is good therapy.
The Mystical Christ
by Michael Maciel
One thing that makes Michael really stand out is that he is actually a writer. What I mean is that he writes long-form well-thought-out and proofed articles, which are kind of rarity in today's age. He is also more directly an actual mystic author. I have found all his writings to be stimulating, creative, and imaginative. He also recently wrote "The Five Vows" which I recently reviewed (positively).
by Matt Stone
Matt has a global view of Christianity with an appetite for diversity, culture, history, and art. He frequently examines diverse beliefs and traditions from a Christian perspective, not to ridicule them, but to draw parallels, enrich, and expand our own perspectives. Not to mention he has a great sense of humor and tends to be fun to follow on social media in general.
by Leo Babauta
I have found Leo to be extremely insightful and thoughtful in applying Zen teachings to modern life. His blog is a simple and effective as his advice. I recommend it for just about anyone as worth reading and examining. I don't always take his advice, but I seldom brush it off either.