The Mystic in You

Can ordinary people become mystics? Are some people already mystics but they just don’t know it? Practical and accessible, this book helps us experience our world through the eyes of a mystic—becoming aware of the many ways we experience God’s presence in our daily lives. Bruce Epperly introduces us to 12 mystics from a variety of historical settings and backgrounds, giving insights about their spiritual experiences, lives, and visions of God and the world.

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The Mystic in You by Bruce Epperly

What is a mystic? Bruce Epperly defines mystics as people who see holiness in everyday life. We can be mystics without leaving our families, disengaging from daily responsibilities, becoming a priest, or joining a monastic order. Epperly shows how we can experience the living God in the midst of daily life and never again take everyday events for granted.

Bruce Epperly introduces readers to 12 individuals or groups of mystics through the ages: St. Francis of Assisi, the desert mothers and fathers, Benedict of Nursia, the Celtic mystics, Hildegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Brother Lawrence, the Baal Shem Tov, Howard Thurman, Etty Hillesum, Rumi, and Julian of Norwich.

Each chapter describes each mystic’s life, spiritual experiences and worldview, and provides spiritual exercises to help us experience the mystic firsthand. Through his conversational, down-to-earth approach, Epperly inspires us to realize that we can encounter God wherever we are, whatever we are doing.

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