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This work of spiritual rediscovery casts light on six women mystics who teach us that "the experience with God is inexhaustible". Extensively researched, Enduring Grace draws from actual letters, teachings, and sacred poetry of these real historical figures to portray how God can enter the life of anyone and help create divinity in flesh and blood form.

Author Carol Flinders combs rare archival sources and recently discovered documents to take us to the very heart of feminine mystical experience. She documents the spiritual journeys of Julian of Norwich, Saint Clare of Assisi, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Teresa of Avila, and others. As Flinders brings these women to life, we feel their strength and wisdom flowing toward us across the ages, to help us welcome enduring grace into our own lives.

©1994 Carol Lee Flinders (P)1994 Carol Lee Flinders

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The uniqueness of spirit

My spiritual journey is strictly my own. I can share it with otbers witbout need for my way to be the only way.

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Blessed women - an inspiration

Thank you Carol Lee flinders! Both inspirational and moving, helps me to reconsider my own femininity and how I approach it and fully embody it within myself. One note to listeners - the audible version differs some from the book.

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Ahhhh, the Mystics made real

I have had this book for many years, but I love listening to Ms. Flinders lovingly describe each of these women. I recommend it as a must read/listen for every person I know!

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And inspiring...One reviewer mentioned author drew her own conclusions. I am only a bit tempted to agree in some of her summaries. Yet, I still thought the book was absolutely wonderful and inspiring!

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  • mcfirth
  • 07-29-18

on behalf of the women herein, context's all askew

I never write reviews but, evidently, I just can't let this one go without comment...... while I'm very grateful to Carol Lee Flinders for all the hard work she's put into the compilation of this very inspirational and informative book of brief biographies her introduction to the same shows me just how far off she is in her understanding of where these women were 'coming from'
To illustrate:
In the introduction she speaks of having a 'code' through which she herself transposes Julian of Norwich's references to God as really meaning 'her deepest self', Carol's 'deepest conviction' is that this is how all these women themselves really saw what they were doing.
What's lacking on the part of Carol's understanding is the Spiritual rebirth which comes from the recognition and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour, Redeemer and Lord. THIS is the common factor which unites all these women. This is what I too recognise and relate to, the 'inward tug of love' of which Mechthild of Magdeburg speaks is the Holy Spirit drawing us into 'Rest' which is relationship with our Eternal Father (yes 'Father') through Jesus Christ, 'deep calling to deep' Our bodies are 'temples of the Holy Spirit' (1 Corinthians 6:19) but ONLY once we're cleansed from sin through faith (alone) in the Divine Blood, willingly shed by Christ on the cross...this was foundational to all these women's experience and was the widely accepted view of their audience at the time, this contrary to the authors suggestion 'they were not really trying to become united with a transcendent masculine god but that they were really seeking their own deepest self'
On behalf of the women of whom she writes I'm compelled to speak out, I'm absolutely confident that these wonderful and dedicated women of God would be 'turning in their respective graves' at this suggestion...'seeking their own deepest selves' is the antithesis of what they were doing.. 'Unless of grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains alone' (John 12:24) it is to this which they aspired, to in fact 'die to themselves' that the new birth in Christ, through His Spirit, might reign in their lives..herein lies the 'peace that passes understanding' (Philippians 4:7) it is this 'death to self' to which Catherine of Genoa speaks when she proclaims "My me is my God' and this, surely, can be paralleled with the apostle Paul's 'it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me' (Galatians 2:20)
I suggest the Carol reads the likes of Madame Jean Guyon for further context....neither is she (nor I) a 'pale shrinking bride of Christ' ... well certainly not 'pale and shrinking' anyways ;o)

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