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Becoming an Ordinary Mystic


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Table of Contents

1. Right Here, Right Now: Mindfulness Breeds Mysticism
2. What's Missing? Self-Awareness Sabotages Sin
3. Jesus the Electrician: The Practical Mysticism of the Sermon on the Mount
4. Cardiac Spirituality: The Fruit of Mysticism
5. Insides Out: The Invitation to Transparency
6. A Finicky God: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
7. Groping in the Dark: Walking by Faith, Not Sight
8. Challenging the Ego: Forgiving God, Myself, and Others
9. Inspired by Jesus: Rediscovering God
10. Life, Words, Silence, and Action: The Surprise of Mystical Prayer
11. Ears to the Ground: Listening to God
12. Practical Practices: Responding to God
13. Staying Awake: Mindful Living

About the Author

Albert Haase, OFM, is a preacher, teacher, and spiritual director. A former missionary to mainland China for over eleven years, he is the award-winning author of ten books on popular spirituality and the presenter on five bestselling DVDs. He holds a PhD in historical theology from Fordham University and an MDiv from Catholic Theological Union. He is currently serving as chaplain at Cedarbrake Retreat Center near Austin, Texas.


"With scriptural insights and practical exercises, Albert Haase reminds us that God has an ardent longing for a deeper and deeper relationship with each of us. The disciple's journey is a mystical journey that leads to a deeper experience of the ordinary and mundane. To plumb the depths of the secular is to scale the heights of the sacred. An authentic expression of the Franciscan vision of the world!"--Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation
"A deeply personal and intimate look at what it means to be a mystic. Father Albert invites us to dive deep and unlock the mysteries of our faith. If we are willing to make the descent, Fr. Albert guides all of us on an adventure rooted in the depths of our heart. It is simple, insightful, and life giving."--Chuck Neff, host of The Inner Life, Relevant Radio
"Albert Haase holds keen insight for the subtleties of the spiritual journey. His guidance gently leads us along the path that makes meaning out of our life."--Phileena Heuertz, founding partner of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, author of Mindful Silence and Pilgrimage of a Soul
"Belief does not come as naturally for many of us as it did for our parents and grandparents. A world without God seems a live option. So if we are to believe, we will need to be people who have experienced a living God, people who are ordinary mystics. With lucidity, candor, and warmth, Father Haase helps us understand that while being an ordinary mystic isn't necessarily easy, it is simple, and he shows us how to become one."--Austin Fischer, lead pastor of Vista Community Church, author of Faith in the Shadows
"Want to be a mystic? I didn't, until I read what Father Albert has to say about this surprisingly accessible way of perceiving the road we're traveling. In this short book, you'll find yourself reading along with some of the greatest minds of the church. You'll recognize yourself in the stories, grow through the training exercises, and be inspired by the invitation to claim your inner mystic. And will you become, in the end, one of those blessed ones? That's up to you."--Alice Camille, coauthor of Fearless: Stories of the American Saints
"We are mystics because we are called to a relationship with God and to live that intimacy God desires with every person. So this is the book many folks have been waiting for. In ordinary language with great examples and stories of real people, Father Haase leads us to understand the spiritual journey in ways that truly touch the heart. Each chapter concludes with an exercise to practice, reflect, and ponder, which I found very helpful. Surely most of us want to become ordinary mystics and this work encourages us to continue seeking the deeper life with God."--Joseph Tedesco, superior of Mepkin Abbey Trappist Monastery, Moncks Corner, SC

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