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Publication Date: 19 Nov 2015
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 168
Author: Magdalen Smith
ISBN-13: 9780281073849, 9780281073856

Fragile Mystics

By Magdalen Smith
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Fragile Mystics reworks traditional concepts of prayer and gives them a contemporary ‘spin’. Like Steel Angels, it draws on the author’s own experience as a Christian priest and offers illustrations from the world of visual arts, film and contemporary culture. It includes some biblical examples, and connects present day yearnings and wrestling’s as a ‘person who wants to pray better’ with those of the mystics and holy people from the Christian past. It is about ‘reclaiming’ and transforming our inner spaces so that we have a renewed and hopeful approach to life and ministry.
Each chapter has a short, sharp contemporary title, with a further subtitle to unpack the content, and ends with ideas for both individuals and leaders on how to put the concept under discussion into practice.
About the Author
The Revd Magdalen Smith is Diocesan Director of Ordinands and a priest in the Diocese of Chester. She has a background in the visual arts and is interested in the dialogue between faith and contemporary culture. She is a retreat leader, spiritual director, and the author of Steel Angels: The personal qualities of a priest
Press Reviews

· Praise for Steel Angels (SPCK, 2014):
An excellent contribution to the discernment canon . . . [Smith’s] beautifully written book offers many delights. Her capacity for taking the mundane and finding an illuminating illustration from scripture, literature, the visual arts of popular culture ensures that there is no dryness of approach.

- Church Times

I warmly recommend this book for those who want to deepen their prayer life and think more widely about the call to be a “fragile mystic” given to all Christians. It would be helpful for preachers, individuals and facilitators of prayer and discussion groups.

- Judith Lampard

As well as helping individual readers refresh their own prayer life, this book could be useful in ministry, especially for those engaged in spiritual direction, or leading home groups or prayer groups. There is much to discover and reflect on here that might offer new ideas and approaches for enriching your prayer ministry with others

- Sue Boorman

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