Learning from the Contemplative

I’m just going to be honest, the contemplative writers aren’t my favorite. The mystics. The poets. The feel-ers. I get lost in the imagery and similes. I skim the repetitive and verbose. I like writers who answer questions more than those who ask questions.

But maybe I’m turning the pages too quickly. I’m spending so much time with the Pauls I’m missing what I can learn from the Johns. Or with Moses, who wrote out the law, instead of David, who mostly wrote about the emotional roller coasters he was on. After all, John was called “the disciple Jesus loved” and David “a man after God’s own heart.”

Matthew 22:37 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” My favorite way to love Him is with my mind, maybe even to the neglect of the heart and soul.

So in August, I’ll be spending time with the contemplatives. Here’s where I’ll start: (affiliate links)

I’ll share what I’m learning on Fridays with my usual posts on what I’m reading from blogs, my Bible, and books. I’m open to what God will teach me through these new voices.

Do you have a favorite contemplative writer?

6 thoughts on “Learning from the Contemplative

  1. It’s odd that people often consider Paul less contemplative just because he didn’t write in “emotional” terms. I don’t consider him any less so. Much of his writing did come out more like propositions, but he did use figurative language. I think anyone who was converted so radically and so suddenly had to have contemplated a great deal!

    • True. I do think Paul was less driven by emotions and more driven by logic overall, and that’s why I’m putting him in the not-so-contemplative category. It’s hard to find a Bible character who is not contemplative at all, so I had to get as close as I could.

  2. It’s been years since I read Rgamuffin Gospel, but it made a positive impact on my walk with God. I think you’ll like it.

  3. You named all my favorites!! I look forward to this. Great!

  4. I haven’t read much of the contemplatives, but impressed by them from one of my pastor’s wives who is also an author on a few contemplative prayer type books. I went through a season where I was so works focused in my studying of the bible that she encouraged me to practice lectio divino for awhile instead of just jumping from bible study to bible study.

    You might want to check her out: Tricia McCary Rhodes (The Soul at Rest, Contemplating the Cross, Intimate Intercession, Sacred Chaos. Intimate Intercession is the only one I haven’t read. Sacred Chaos is really good for busy lives.)

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I’m Sandra Peoples. I’m a pastor’s wife and a special-needs mom. But to be honest, those descriptions weren’t my plan A. Click here to learn more about my journey.