Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book
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Such is the far-reaching influence of the modern mystic Evelyn Underhill that she is commemorated liturgically by the Church of England on 15 June. Her best-known book, Mysticism, was widely read in the first half of the twentieth century and her work continues to have great impact on the theology of contemporary spiritual writers, such as Richard Rohr. Between 1924 and 1938, Evelyn Underhill compiled two personal prayer books for use when conducting spiritual retreats at Pleshey (the retreat house for the diocese of Chelmsford). The prayers were carefully selected and include quotes from a variety of theologians and writers in Christian spirituality, as well as her own very rich, metaphorical and theologically deep prayers. This volume makes these collections available for the first time.
Foreword by Eugene Peterson Preface by Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, who was delighted to hear of the discovery of the prayer books and wrote to Robyn Wrigley-Carr, 'they surely must be published.' He suggested SPCK as the publisher and is completely behind project Prayers modernized for accessibility Divided into sections such as suffering, hope, Christ, etc, with a full index for ease of use Features a book plate showing a page of the original two-colour text (calligraphy) and photographs of Evelyn Underhill Includes an accessible introduction by Robyn Wrigley-Carr to Evelyn Underhill - her significance as a woman theologian, writer in mysticism and retreat leader; also tells the story of how the prayer books were rediscovered and provides notes on the main themes in the prayers It's rare to discover a personal book of prayers belonging to an important spiritual author after such a long period Will appeal to an educated popular audience with or without an affiliation to the Church
About the Author
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacificist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism. Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr is senior lecturer in Theology and Spirituality at Alphacrusis College, Sydney, Australia. She has a Masters degree in Spiritual Theology from Regent College, Vancouver, and was awarded a PhD by the University of St Andrews in 2013 for her doctorate on Baron Friedrich von Hugel, Evelyn Underhill's spiritual director of whom she said, 'I owe my spiritual life'.
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