An Accessible Introduction To Several Key Medieval Mystics That Explains Both Their Significance And Their Immediate Practical Relevance For Spirituality Today Provides Extensive Direct Text From Mystical Writings, As Well As Easy To Read Commentary An excellent short introduction to mysticism, featuring the very helpful lens provided by Friedrich von H gel that shows mysticism as one of three elements of religion along with speculation and tradition It takes up and takes a stand on the nature of mystical union with God a digression which does not harm the book s flow Nor is its light dimmed by its Christian perspective Well written and a good door in to the topic.