Saturday, October 3, 2020

A Book for Our Times

     A couple of years ago, I was browsing through a lovely used book store and a book practically shouted at me to take it home.  Of course, being the obliging sort, I did so (of course, I paid for it first).

     And this is a book for our times.  Even though it was copyrighted in 1994, it was definitely meant for our current generation to read.  What is this book, you ask.  It's Dialogues with a Modern Mystic by Andrew Harvey and Mark Matousek.  You may know Andrew Harvey as one of the foremost writers and speakers on the mystic life, but Mark Matousek is also a deep-thinking modern mystic.

     The book takes the form of a series of conversations between the two men on various topics.  It starts out with Harvey, primarily, warning of the dark future that faces humanity if we do not return to our hearts and live with compassion, justice, and love.  It then touches on several topics, including fear and courage, death and deathlessness, work, visions, humility, grief, and humor.  It is a book to read slowly, savor, and contemplate.

     I think we need to heed the call within this book.  Let it be a guiding light in our path to building a better future for all of us.  Highly recommended.

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