Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2006 - Religion - 295 pages
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When contemporary Americans, even Christian ones, go looking for "spirituality," they look to Eastern religious traditions, New Age fads, and the self-help section of their local bookstore. They look almost anywhere, in fact, but to orthodox Christianity. In "Ecstasy and Intimacy," Edith Humphrey sets out to counter this trend by helping the reader rediscover the spiritual riches of the Christian tradition -- Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.As Humphrey reveals, Christian spirituality takes its cue from the Trinity, from the "ecstasy" ("going out" of oneself) and "intimacy" (profound closeness with another) marking the relations between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; it is within God's own ecstatic actions and intimate love -- seen particularly in the Incarnation -- that human ecstasy and intimacy are meant to take shape."Ecstasy and Intimacy" spreads a banquet from the great spiritual writers of the past -- such luminaries as St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, St. Teresa of Avila, the Wesleys, and Thomas Merton. Humphrey's elegant prose, embroidered with stories and images from her own life, leads the reader into a deeper understanding of the ecstasy and intimacy inherent in a Trinitarian spirituality.
  

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Quotes "Thomas Merton" six times. New AGE!

Contents

The Holy Tryst and the Great Story The Incarnation the Holy Spirit and the Human Spirit
13
Separation from God and Approach
31
Word and Wisdom Knowledge and Faith
53
LIGHT
79
On Mount Tabor Jesus in the Center in Communion with Father and Spirit
81
The Flame of Love The Witness of Our Older Siblings in the Faith
102
Icons of Love Communion in Friendship Family Marriage and Church
155
LIFE
199
When Spirituality Goes Wrong
201
The Holy Spirit Hope and Healing
222
Suffering Transformation and New Creation
247
Generic Spirituality Abomination or Open Door?
271
BIBLIOGRAPHY
280
INDEX OF SUBJECTS AND NAMES
287
INDEX OF SCRIPTURE AND OTHER ANCIENT SOURCES
292
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Page 11 - I the unkind, ungrateful ? Ah my dear, I cannot look on thee. Love took my hand, and smiling did reply, Who made the eyes but I ? Truth, Lord, but I have marred them : let my shame Go where it doth deserve.
Page 10 - Holy Ghost! our souls inspire, >-" And lighten with celestial fire. Thou the anointing Spirit art, Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart. Thy blessed unction from above Is comfort, life, and fire of love. Enable, with perpetual light, The dulness of our blinded sight.

About the author (2006)

Edith M. Humphrey (PhD, McGill University) is the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, including "Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven "and "Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit". She has also authored numerous articles on the literary and rhetorical study of the Bible.

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