Between 1924 and 1938, Evelyn Underhill compiled two personal prayer books for use when conducting spiritual retreats at Pleshey (the retreat house for the diocese of Chelmsford). The prayers were carefully selected and include quotes from a variety of theologians and writers in Christian spirituality, as well as her own very rich, metaphorical and theologically deep prayers. These collections are now available for the first time.
Despite being dead for over 60 years, Christian mystic Evelyn Underhill still offers spiritual wisdom for Christians today. Christopher Webber, a priest and Underhill fan, has compiled carefully selected inspirational passages from her most significant works providing readings for every day of the Advent and Christmas season, to share the timeless treasure of Underhill's spiritual vision. Christians are not as well catered for with spiritual reading for Advent as they are during Lent, so this book will find a welcome home with the Christian book buying public.
This book is a study of how Christian worship, viewed in its deepest sense, is a response of the human to the Eternal. There is first an examination of the basic characteristics, in ritual, symbol, sacrifice, and sacrament. The nature and significance of the Eucharist are thoroughly treated. In the second part of the book there is a detailed discussion of selected traditions of worship, including Reformed, Anglican, Catholic, Eastern, and Western churches. Recognized as both a historical study and a spiritual classic of our time, Worship has had a long series of editions since it was first published in 1936.
Evelyn Underhill's classic book on mysticism shows not only the historic development of Christian mysticism and its influence on the Church, but gives a deep insight into the spiritual growth of the individual mystics, their struggles, achievements and influence. Covering the whole development of the Christian Church from St. Paul to the present century, the author illustrates the differing backgrounds and approach of many of the great mystics such as St. Augustine of Hippo, whose writings helped to create the Church's understanding of its mystical character; and St. Francis of Assisi, whose example proved an inspiration to many. The book gives much more than an opportunity to meet the great mystics: it also provides a framework for the analysis of true mysticism and false, contrasting Catherine of Sienna, a girl of the people whose transcendental mysticism benefited many in an age of ecclesiastical degradation, with the well-born and beautiful Madame Guyon, whose excesses brought mysticism into disrepute. Evelyn Underhill illuminates the whole of her subject by drawing attention to the differences of approach that can bring mortals along the road to the divine, from the zealous militancy of a Loyola to the passivity of the Quietists. This absorbing study by one of the great writers on mysticism covers every aspect of the subject and gives a clear understanding of the mystics' world in writing that is both informative and stimulating.
Release on 2002-10-01 | by Margaret Cropper,Dana Greene
An Intimate Portrait of the Groundbreaking Author of Mysticism
Author: Margaret Cropper,Dana Greene
Pubpsher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An detailed portrait of one of the most influential women in twentieth-century spirituality covers her early days of agnosticism, her championing of contemplative prayer, and her conviction that modern science enhanced, rather than threatened, spirituality. Original.
Over half a century has passed since Evelyn Underhill's death, yet her devotional writings have endured as a beacon to those who seek a deeper understanding of the interior life in the mystical Christian tradition. These selections aim to deepen Lenten observance by allowing the reader to follow the thought of Underhill.
"British writer of prose and poetry EVELYN UNDERHILL (1875 1941) was a fellow of King s College for Women and King s College, and was the first woman to lecture to the clergy in the Church of England. Through her radio appearances and her stint as editor of the political magazine The Spectator, she was a familiar voice in British public life between the wars. She authored more than 30 books (some under the pseudonym John Cordelier), including Concerning the Inner Life and Radiance: A Spiritual Memoir. This collection of her essays includes: The Essentials of Mysticism The Mystic and the Corporate Life Mysticism and the Doctrine of Atonement The Mystic as Creative Artist The Education of the Spirit The Place of Will, Intellect And Feeling in Prayer The Mysticism of Plotinus and more. Every reader interested in a practical, lucid take on the mystical will want a copy on the bookshelf. "