“Those who walk the pathless path of contemplation owe an immense debt of gratitude to Chad Thralls for the gift of this book. It is at once learned, clearly written, and most especially born of his own contemplative practice. As he puts it so succinctly, ‘We are the silence that blossoms.’”—Martin Laird, O.S.A., author of Into the Silent Land, A Sunlit Absence, and An Ocean of Light
Deep Calls to Deep introduces the theological issues of Christian mysticism and explains the primary practices necessary to experience mystical consciousness.
Deep Calls to Deep explores mysticism through the text Christians already read, the Bible. It explores the metaphors and images found in scripture and the contemplative tradition that can enliven the spiritual imaginations of Christians. Highlighting these treasures illuminates fresh possibilities for understanding scripture for envisioning God, the human person, our connections to our fellow human beings, and how we live in relation to the natural world. The work integrates the work of scholars and teachers of contemplative prayer so that readers can appreciate Christian mysticism and the necessary practices to cultivate mystical consciousness for themselves.
Chad Thralls teaches at Seton Hall University. He lives in New York City.