Confessions of a Christian Mystic (Hardcover)
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About the Author
River Jordan is an established literary figure, speaker, teacher, and radio host. Her work has been featured by: Publishers Weekly, Booklist, NPR's Book Talk, Guideposts Magazine, and The Southern Literary Review. She has written four novels and her most recent book is nonfiction: Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit. Her work has also been featured in anthologies such as Southern Writers on Writing, Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South & Women Behaving Badly, and A Second Blooming. Jordan has spoken at The Southern Festival of Books, Festival of Faith and Writing, and other conferences, book festivals, churches, universities and retreats. She travels the country speaking on The Power of Story, is a regular contributor to Psychology's Today's Spirituality blog, and is the host and producer of the literary radio program, Clearstory, which airs from Nashville, TN where she makes her home.
"There will be signs and wonders. River's book is one of them."—Lauretta Hannon, author of The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life
"In her latest book, River Jordan confesses to having a pathological hunger for God. To guide those who would seek Him, she says the world must have its mystics-its Joans and its Johns. And I would add, its Rivers. Jordan raises the bar that writers like Anne Lamott have set, as she shows us how to find the mystical divine-which she calls 'God's wild card'-in the messy stuff of everyday life. This is a must read for everyone who loves the beauty of language and the power of story. Both can lead us to communion with God when those words are in the gifted hands of River Jordan."—Susan Cushman, author of Cherry Bomb and Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer's, and editor of A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be and Southern Writers on Writing
"River Jordan once again explores the spiritual aspect of the human journey through her tender lens. She nudges us out of our comfort zones and into realms of personal discovery. With a master's hand, she peels open every raw corner of her own experiences so that we close the book forever shaped by this soul-stirring story. Delivered in small but powerful doses, River's words offer good medicine to any heart that has known hunger or hurt, love or loss. This is a book for any heart that dares to remain open in this great, big, beautiful, cruel world."—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials
"In Confessions of a Christian Mystic, River Jordan's adventures in faith are both honest and revelatory. We are extraordinarily fortunate to travel alongside River Jordan as she speaks to us with wit, wisdom, and clarity about the path she has taken, the mystical understandings she has discovered, and wounds revealed and healed. In chapters that connect us with everything from our faith to our doubt, this is a book for everyone forging ahead on their own mystical journey. With her storytelling magic, Jordan brings us into her world while asking the important questions about faith, purpose, and love. A profound book to keep on your shelf, and to give to those you love."—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
"From growing up surrounded by a band of strong, faith-filled Southern women to encountering God while sleeping in an Airstream trailer, Confessions of a Christian Mystic allowed me to glimpse behind acclaimed author River Jordan's veil, proving my supposition that she has led - and continues to lead - an extraordinary life. Part American history, part autobiography, while filled with River Jordan's penchant for lyrical writing, Confessions of a Christian Mystic is an intimate glimpse at one woman's spiritual journey and encourages us to look at our own journeys with the same introspection and gratitude."—Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of How the Light Gets In
"River's ability and willingness to prove into the deepest part of herself is what has always characterized her work, and Confessions of A Christian Mystic is no exception. In fact, it is the epitome of her collective work, always a glimpse of her very human soul. She reminds me to live in the now and not to be distressed in the ordinary life that demands so much of my attention. I'm assured that prayer is often a state of being rather than hidden in the closet, and that both are equally accepted and needed. River shows her map, torn and dirty, with footprints in no particular order and yet they always lead back to the very heart of our existence. This richness, rawness, heart light, heartbreak, a glimpse beyond the veil speaks and speaks and speaks."—Karen Schwettman, FoxTale Book Shoppe, Woodstock, GA
"Extraordinary . . . Jordan writes eloquently about her experiences and the lessons she learned . . . The idea of praying for strangers is admirable, and a reader looking for inspiration may find hope and grace in this account of the blessings of a prayerful life."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review (Praying for Strangers)
"Gently beguiling . . . [a] very personal journey in self-discovery."—Booklist (Praying for Strangers)
"Praying for Strangers will bless you and alter the way you see those seemingly random people that God places daily in your path."—Ron Hall, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me (Praying for Strangers),
Witty, intelligent, and gorgeously written, Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a book that is sorely needed right now in a time when so many of us are trying to rectify our beliefs and convictions with a strange new world that seems to offer us moral quandaries every day. River Jordan is like Thomas Merton, Patti Smith, and Anne Lamott all rolled up into one compassionate, timely, and bracingly honest gift.
—Silas House, author of Southernmost