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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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buy this book 61. CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: HEAVEN AND HELL, DIVINE LOVE AND WISDOM, AND DIVINE PROVIDENCE
by Emanuel Swedenborg; John C. Ager (translator)
Publisher: Swedenborg Foundation (ISBN #: 0877852820, Paperback 1700 pages, 3 Vol., Boxed Edition, May 1996)
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Three volumes of Swedenborg's best-known works are offered in a slipcase format. "Heaven and Hell" describes the wonders of the world of spirits, the transitions from this life to the next, and the inner order of both heaven and hell. "Divine Love and Wisdom" shows the spiritual structure and operation of the universe. "Divine Providence" explains God's care of humanity and articulates the way to redemption.

buy this book 62. CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: JOHN OF THE CROSS: SELECTED WRITINGS
by St John the Cross, Kieran Kavanaugh (editor)
Publisher: Paulist Press (ISBN #: 0809103842, Hardcover, 326 pages, January 1987)
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"I abandoned and forgot myself
Laying my face on my beloved;
All things ceased; I went out from myself,
Leaving my cares forgotten among the lilies.

--John of the Cross 1542-1591--
from backcover of the book.

buy this book 63. CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: MEISTER ECKHART: THE ESSENTIAL SERMONS, COMMENTARIES, TREATISES AND DEFENSE
by Edmund Colledge, Bernard McGinn (editor)
Publisher: Paulist Press (ISBN #: 0809123703, Paperback, 366 pp, August 1982)
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The most important writings of the controversial medieval Dominican philosopher, Meister Eckhart.

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The thought of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327), Dominican philosopher and spiritual master, is among the most daring and difficult in the history of Western mysticism.

buy this book 64. CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING
by (unknown), Everlyn Underhill (editor)
Publisher: Element (ISBN #: 1852309202, Hardcover, 194 pp, March 1997)
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A book of contemplations. Edited from the British Museum M.S. Harl. 674 with an introduction by Evelyn Underhill. "The little family of mystical treatises which is known to students as 'the Cloud of Unknowing group,' deserves more attention that it has hitherto received from English lovers of mysticism: for it represents the first expression in our own tongue of that great mystic tradition of the Christian neo-platonists which gathered up, remade, and 'salted with Christ's salt' all that was best in the spiritual wisdom of the ancient world".

buy this book 65. CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING AND THE BOOK OF PRIVY COUNSELING
by (unknown), William Johnston (editor)
Publisher: Image Book (ISBN #: 0385030975, Paperback, 188 pp, October 1971)
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Originally written in Middle English by an unknown mystic of the fourteenth century, The Cloud of Unknowing represents the first expression in our own tongue of the soul's quest for God. A literary work of great beauty in both style and message, it offers a practical guide to the path of contemplation. The author explains how all thoughts and concepts must be buried beneath a "cloud of forgetting," while our love must rise toward God hidden in the "cloud of unknowing."
Also included here is the author's other principal work, The Book of Privy Counseling - a short and moving text on the way to enlightenment through a total loss of self and consciousness only of the divine.

buy this book 66. CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: THE COLLECTED WORKS OF SAINT JOHN OF THE CRSOSS
by St. John of the Cross, Otilio Rodriguez (translator)
Publisher: I C S Publications, Institute of Carmelite St; Rev (ISBN #: 0935216146, Paperback: 814 pages, January 1991)
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An Insight Into The Mystical, February 5, 2003
Reviewer: James Gallen (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.)

"The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross" consists of the writings of this 16th century Spanish Mystic and Doctor of the Church. St. John was a Carmelite friar and friend of St. Theresa of Avila. A valued spiritual counselor, many of his works were written as instruction to religious who sought his guidance. The book consists of four major works and many minor works. The major works are "The Ascent of Mount Carmel", "The Dark Night", "The Spiritual Canticle" and "The Living Flame of Love". Each of the major works consists of a poem, written by St. John, and an extensive, word by word, explanation. In the explanation, St. John reveals his own theology, supported by verses from Scripture.

buy this book 67. CHRISTIANITY: BROTHER FRANCIS
by Lawrence Cunningham (editor)
Publisher: Harper & Row Publsiher (ISBN #: 0606164074, Hardcover, 201 pages, January 1972)
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This is an anthology of writings by and about St. Francis of Assisi.

"Francis of Assisi" was "brother" to every human - and to everything. He loved the earth. He loved the sky. He loved animals and insects and people and cities. He was one of the two or three Christians in whom Christianity most nearly reached its fullness..." - (from front flap of the book).

buy this book 68. CHRISTIANITY: CITY OF GOD
by St. Augustine - Gerald G. Walsh, et al (translators); Verb=non J. Bourke (editor)
Publisher: Image Book - Doubleday & Company, Inc. (ISBN #: 0385029101, Paperback 551 pages - Abridged Edition, February 1958)
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Here is a book that was written over fifteen hundred years ago by a mystic in North Africa. Yet to those who have ears to hear, it has a great deal to say to many of us who are not mystics, today, in America... The City of God is the autobiography of the Church written by the most Catholic of her great saints... The City of God, for those who can understand it, contains the secrets of death and life, war and peace, hell and heaven. — Thomas Merton

buy this book 69. CHRISTIANITY: FRANCIS AND CLARE - THE COMPLETE WORKS
by St Francis & St Clare; Regis J Armstrong & Ignatus C Brady (translators)
Publisher: Paulist Press (ISBN #: 0809124467, Paperback 272 pages, January 1986)
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Francis (c. 1182-1226), "The Little Poor Man" of Assisi, and Clare (c.1193-1254), "The Clear One," the woman who lived out his vision with heroic simplicity, together shaped the spirituality of early thirteenth-century Europe. Each gathered communities of like-minded persons to live out a radical commitment to the Gospel message of poverty and in the process left a legacy that has captured the imagination of both believer and nonbeliever throughout the ages.
Here for the first time in English the complete writings of both Francis and Clare have been brought together in one volume.

buy this book 70. CHRISTIANITY: INTRODUCTION TO ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
by St Thomas Aquinas; Anton C. Pegis (editor)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities (ISBN #: 0075536536, Paperback, 690 pages, February 1965)
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To bring within the compass of a Modern Library volume of nearly 700 pages the essential thought of the "Prince of Scholastics and Doctor of the Church" is a notable contribution to philosophy, religion and education. Designed to meet the needs of students and general readers alike, this book offers St. Thomas's teachings on God, Creation, Man, Law, Grace, Habit, Virtue and kindred subjects, derived from the "Summa Theologica" and the "Summa Contra Gentiles". The selections and the illuminating Introduction are by Anton C. Pegis, President of the Pontifical Institue of Mediaeval Sthudies. (From front flef of the book).

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