Synopses & Reviews
A fresh, readable introduction to Christian spirituality, God Seekers brings to life thirty-three spiritual masters from throughout Christian history. Through capsule biographies, selected quotations, and questions for reflection, Richard Schmidt presents and explores diverse ways of relating to God. Each chapter personalizes a major stream or movement of Christian spirituality by focusing on a particular key figure.While God Seekers may be read with delight or for information . . . it is impossible to engage it for long without being seized as well by the grandeur of the panorama it lays out before us. Here, in living people, in living saints, is the history of the church, the body of Christ as we and our kind have shaped it and are shaping it.
-- Phyllis Tickle (from the foreword)
Table of Contents
Irenaeus (c. 130-c. 200) : early Christian spirituality -- Origen (c. 185-c. 254) : Alexandrian spirituality -- Antony (c. 251-355) : the Desert Dathers -- Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-c. 394) : the Cappadocians -- Augustine (354-430) : the birth of western spirituality -- Patrick (c. 390-c. 460) : Celtic spirituality -- Benedict (c. 480-547) : western monasticism -- Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022) : experiencing the spirit -- Anselm (1033/4-1109) : medieval spirituality I. Bernard of clairvaux (1090-1153) : medieval spirituality II. Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226) : the Mendicants -- Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) : Hesychasm -- Julian of Norwich (1342-c. 1420) : the English mystics -- Martin Luther (1483-1546) : Reformation I. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) : the Jesuits -- John Calvin (1509-1564) : Reformation II. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) : the Spanish mystics -- George Herbert (1593-1633) : Anglican spirituality -- John Bunyan (1628-1688) : the non-conformists -- Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751) : acceptance -- John and Charles Wesley (1703-1791; 1707-1788) : Methodism -- S