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From the author of Praying for Strangers and four Southern gothic novels comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is personal, raw, wise, revelatory - and very funny. With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the ga From the author of Praying for Strangers and four Southern gothic novels comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is personal, raw, wise, revelatory - and very funny. With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the gamut from dancing disco nights and midnight desert rides to surprise visitations with the Divine. Included are comforting letters to personal friends and loved ones about faith, death, heartbreaks and their futures. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a highly original work about an extraordinary faith that never loses touch with current culture or everyday realities. Jordan invites us to join in on her wild ride searching for the holy mysteries of God. This haunting work will leave you deeply comforted and full of hope. Hailed as "a book for our times," Confessions gently leads us closer to that Divine mystery that shapes us and gives us life.


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From the author of Praying for Strangers and four Southern gothic novels comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is personal, raw, wise, revelatory - and very funny. With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the ga From the author of Praying for Strangers and four Southern gothic novels comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is personal, raw, wise, revelatory - and very funny. With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the gamut from dancing disco nights and midnight desert rides to surprise visitations with the Divine. Included are comforting letters to personal friends and loved ones about faith, death, heartbreaks and their futures. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a highly original work about an extraordinary faith that never loses touch with current culture or everyday realities. Jordan invites us to join in on her wild ride searching for the holy mysteries of God. This haunting work will leave you deeply comforted and full of hope. Hailed as "a book for our times," Confessions gently leads us closer to that Divine mystery that shapes us and gives us life.

30 review for Confessions of a Christian Mystic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a collection of fifty essays, stories and personal letters in which the author tells of her search for God and spirituality River Jordan is an excellent write, drawing me into the book so much so that I can feel like I'm there. A few of her stories have stuck with me, repeating over and over in my mind as I contemplate my own search for God and spirituality. Highly recommended if you want to look at faith and spirituality from a different perspective. **I was g Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a collection of fifty essays, stories and personal letters in which the author tells of her search for God and spirituality River Jordan is an excellent write, drawing me into the book so much so that I can feel like I'm there. A few of her stories have stuck with me, repeating over and over in my mind as I contemplate my own search for God and spirituality. Highly recommended if you want to look at faith and spirituality from a different perspective. **I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric Wilson

    River gives us tastes of life, the good, bad, tough, and miraculous. She writes with wisdom and mystery, making each chapter a rich meal to savor, ponder, and enjoy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    What is a Christian Mystic? If you don't know, it is okay. I wasn't sure either until I read Confessions of A Christian Mystic by River Jordan. However, as someone who has enjoyed her previous books, I was intrigued enough to read this one and find out. . .and she does define it within the pages. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a collection of fifty essays, stories and personal letters in which River shares her search for God in her every day life. River's writing encourages me to want to lo What is a Christian Mystic? If you don't know, it is okay. I wasn't sure either until I read Confessions of A Christian Mystic by River Jordan. However, as someone who has enjoyed her previous books, I was intrigued enough to read this one and find out. . .and she does define it within the pages. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a collection of fifty essays, stories and personal letters in which River shares her search for God in her every day life. River's writing encourages me to want to look for God in the every day of my life. Where is God in my story? How is He showing up? Am I looking for Him? River is a storyteller queen. She draws me into her stories and I feel like I am there with her. In the Pocketbook Saints chapter, I cried for little girl River when she was manhandled by the teacher in her day care and I rejoiced with her when Alice stayed and sat with her after the incident. I read Confessions of a Christian Mystic faster than I would have liked to of for the purpose of this review. This is a book that I could see me re-reading at least part of. Some of her stories now linger in my mind, staying with me and prodding me to think about my own faith and relationships. This is one of the reasons, Jordan remains a favorite author for me.Her work invites me to think and reflect and go about my life a little better or a little differently. I believe that is high praise for any author. Confessions of a Christian Mystic isn't your typical Christian book with some pat answers and trite sayings. I am sure it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I encourage you to give it a try if you want to have your faith stirred up and challenged into something a little bigger and stronger. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. #sponsoredbyfaithwords

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Confessions of a Christian Mystic This book immediately blasted to the top tier of my permanent favorites, and I do not say this lightly or frequently. River Jordan has been a favorite author since I discovered her first book, and I love to recommend her blog and share information about her audio interviews of other authors. I barely resisted highlighting, underlining, and writing reactions in the margins (which I never do!). Every chapter led to a pause to reflect, dive into my own memories, or Confessions of a Christian Mystic This book immediately blasted to the top tier of my permanent favorites, and I do not say this lightly or frequently. River Jordan has been a favorite author since I discovered her first book, and I love to recommend her blog and share information about her audio interviews of other authors. I barely resisted highlighting, underlining, and writing reactions in the margins (which I never do!). Every chapter led to a pause to reflect, dive into my own memories, or wipe away tears. Several included all of these reactions, so each was savored separately. It will be on my nightstand for a while (as was Praying with Strangers) for late-night treat s into a random chapter. It is only January, but friends have already heard me mention that it will likely be my favorite book of 2019. It was uplifting, inspiring, and deeply meaningful. I believe it will have a positive impact on readers who are privileged to share River's warm and honest reflections of her personal journey.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Noting that she has a "pathological hunger for God," Southern Gothic Novelist and author of the acclaimed Praying for Strangers, River Jordan takes us on a series of what this reviewer calls a verbal photo album of her life, her faith, and her thoughts about life and faith with Confessions of A Christian Mystic. Confessions is a fifty chapter piece of wide ranging reflections on issues from politics to porn; family history to familiar friends who are closer than family. But it is tied together un Noting that she has a "pathological hunger for God," Southern Gothic Novelist and author of the acclaimed Praying for Strangers, River Jordan takes us on a series of what this reviewer calls a verbal photo album of her life, her faith, and her thoughts about life and faith with Confessions of A Christian Mystic. Confessions is a fifty chapter piece of wide ranging reflections on issues from politics to porn; family history to familiar friends who are closer than family. But it is tied together under the overriding thought that God is present in all of life, even in the dark moments and in the dark places. You may, and probably will, disagree where Jordan lands on some issues. But in other places you will find your self nodding in agreement. What this reviewer initially resonated with was Jordan's upbringing...southern upbringing. Though I was raised in Ohio my mother's family has deep roots in the south, Tennessee (where my late mother was born), Kentucky, Virginia, and the like. And so when Jordan begins speaking about going to church, a Primitive Baptist church, "on the hill," I recall my mother's stories about going to church in the hills outside of her hometown called Jellico. What shone through to this reviewer is Jordan's passionate pursuit of what she calls "the Divine." She has found in many places and it...has found her. It found her in her hard fundamentalistic upbringing, in her seeking (and finding) the Holy Spirit as she journeyed through the charismatic tradition and then to the Episcopal Church. There are many thought provoking passages throughout this wonderful book and none more powerful that in chapter 41 "A Coat of Many Colors" in which she says "We have been so busy bottling God in America that you can go to a Christian bookstore and buy just about any version of Jesus you want." If you are looking for a thematically coherent set of beliefs about faith and mysticism, this is not the book. However, if you are looking for a book in which someone takes a risk and shares their pursuit of the divine and His love, then Confessions of A Christian Mystic is for you! I really enjoyed this book. It was challenging to both mind and soul. I resonated with her train of thought in many places and valued her insights in other places.I gave this book a four-star rating on Goodreads Note: I received an eVersion of an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brandy Vallance

    Confessions of a Christian Mystic is an honest book that made me smile and ponder the deeper things of life. A must-read for anyone who has experienced some supernatural things that are out of the box. Reading this book made me wish that I lived in the same town as the author because I'd love to sit across from her and continue the conversation. I was reminded in this book that God delights in us, He is the Master Storyteller, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. River Jordan r Confessions of a Christian Mystic is an honest book that made me smile and ponder the deeper things of life. A must-read for anyone who has experienced some supernatural things that are out of the box. Reading this book made me wish that I lived in the same town as the author because I'd love to sit across from her and continue the conversation. I was reminded in this book that God delights in us, He is the Master Storyteller, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. River Jordan reminds us that it's okay not to have all the answers; perhaps in admitting our pain and human fragility, we'll have a few more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claire Fullerton

    Bold, daring, and yes, confessional, River Jordan’s collection of personal essays warns you going into it that you’re in for something unique. After all, what is the art of writing, if not a venue to compare notes on this business of life? Only a master can make this plain through the power of fifty delightful stories. This is a writer who asks the big questions for us; who owns a steady faith base yet thinks outside the box. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is devout and dauntless. It is sonor Bold, daring, and yes, confessional, River Jordan’s collection of personal essays warns you going into it that you’re in for something unique. After all, what is the art of writing, if not a venue to compare notes on this business of life? Only a master can make this plain through the power of fifty delightful stories. This is a writer who asks the big questions for us; who owns a steady faith base yet thinks outside the box. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is devout and dauntless. It is sonorous, beautiful, soul-deep, and fearless. And it is sardonically funny in its skirt-lifted vulnerability. The chapter titled, “Sometimes Good Girls Get Naked” is a case in point. With a deft hold on sentiment without being overly sentimental, I won’t cheapen this important book by suggesting it’s a page-turner—it is better. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is something to savor. You’ll want to pause and ponder at the end of each chapter. I applaud every essay in this gorgeous gift of a book. River Jordan has woven vignettes of her personal narrative at such an engaging, introspective pitch that I defy every reader not to see themselves in its pages.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Cushman

    In her latest book, River Jordan confesses to having a pathological hunger for God, and 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. From asking where God was when she was five and moving to an Army base in Germany where she went skinny dipping and also chased after a band of gypsies that called to her on some primordial level, to driving topless through a New Mexico desert at two in the morning, and then experie In her latest book, River Jordan confesses to having a pathological hunger for God, and 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. From asking where God was when she was five and moving to an Army base in Germany where she went skinny dipping and also chased after a band of gypsies that called to her on some primordial level, to driving topless through a New Mexico desert at two in the morning, and then experiencing a supernatural phenomenon in the hills of Tennessee, she circles back to the realization that she is the thin place—the gossamer veil between this world and the next. 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 of which can lead us to communion with God when those words are in the gifted hands of River Jordan.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beth Shepperd

    I was neutral until I participated in discussion about this book. It has some really beautiful ideas.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    River Jordan’s latest book clearly connects with my heart and soul. Her words speak to me like a faded photo album of my own childhood. River’s talent as a writer oozes through her “dancing swirl of words” in her description of the serenity surrounding her Nashville home. Her observations reflect an inner peace relatable to me as a Christian and, I hope, serve as a witness for those who might be looking for a relationship with Christ. Skeptics of the term “mystic” need not be disheartened. River b River Jordan’s latest book clearly connects with my heart and soul. Her words speak to me like a faded photo album of my own childhood. River’s talent as a writer oozes through her “dancing swirl of words” in her description of the serenity surrounding her Nashville home. Her observations reflect an inner peace relatable to me as a Christian and, I hope, serve as a witness for those who might be looking for a relationship with Christ. Skeptics of the term “mystic” need not be disheartened. River believes a mystic is “someone who desires to live and breathe and move in the presence of the divine.” Her story attests that she is doing just that. Her analogies paint delightful pictures of the people in her life. I can easily imagine an Episcopal priest “as grand as Gandalf” and a guy “channeling James Dean.” Her references to pop culture from the last several decades make her story relevant to Baby Boomers as well as Gen X, Y, and Z. River Jordan reveals her humanness in this book. She gives an honest and beautiful account of what a real Christian should confess to be: a flawed, but fueled-by-the-Holy Spirit child of God. She reminds us that all Christians, mystic or not, should show tolerance, empathy, and forgiveness. I often pray for strangers because of River Jordan. Now, I will be more aware of the “company I keep and what conversations and influences fuel [my life].”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Confessions of a Christian Mystic by author River Jordan is an insightful journey into the thoughts and beliefs of a modern Christian who questions and pushes the boundaries of conventional religion. The author weaves her own path seeking God and finding a place of peace within the Divine. As I read the book, I could sense the energy with which it was written. The author seems to write exactly as she is thinking and sometimes the thoughts, words, and revelations tumble like a waterfall of words Confessions of a Christian Mystic by author River Jordan is an insightful journey into the thoughts and beliefs of a modern Christian who questions and pushes the boundaries of conventional religion. The author weaves her own path seeking God and finding a place of peace within the Divine. As I read the book, I could sense the energy with which it was written. The author seems to write exactly as she is thinking and sometimes the thoughts, words, and revelations tumble like a waterfall of words to express her lively and quick wit. The deep hunger she feels for the understanding and spirit of God collide with expressions of her true beliefs which are born from study and life experiences. I could easily identify with her tribe of strong southern women who believed in Jesus. River Jordan writes of her personal experiences and her own revelations as she seeks her path to the heart of God. The author shares her theological principals and beliefs in a vigorous heartfelt honesty. Confessions of a Christian Mystic are her words and her truths from the deepest chambers of her soul. She was put on a spiritual journey of truth-seeking as a child of five when she asked her mother, “Where is God?” Publication Date: March 10, 2020 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    In short essays, River Jordan shares autobiographical stories and nuggets of truth that point readers to God. For the most part, I enjoyed her writing style. Some chapters did move slowly, but others, particularly the beginning of chapter 33 , were funny and engaging. I recommend “Confessions of a Christian Mystic” to readers who are interested in God, spirituality, faith, and hope. Here are a few of my favorite quotes. What is a mystic? “Someone who desires to live and breathe and move in the pr In short essays, River Jordan shares autobiographical stories and nuggets of truth that point readers to God. For the most part, I enjoyed her writing style. Some chapters did move slowly, but others, particularly the beginning of chapter 33 , were funny and engaging. I recommend “Confessions of a Christian Mystic” to readers who are interested in God, spirituality, faith, and hope. Here are a few of my favorite quotes. What is a mystic? “Someone who desires to live and breathe and move in the presence of the divine.” “To thine own self be true.” Which does not mean step all over people. It simply means find your truth and follow it. I wonder what it would be like if everything was put into perspective. If the words “Seek first the kingdom of God” shook out in my life, what would that look like? Even if someone doesn’t like me or irritates me in some small way, I imagine if there were a sudden catastrophe what good they’d be. How I’d survive with them. Coming up to bat in full swing. I see them bringing what they have to the table for our survival, and it’s always something that benefits the rest of us. Helps me see them in the light of their potential, no matter what they think of me or about anything else. Chatter is okay in a kind of balanced moderation. But when our days and nights are consumed with mindless consumption and regurgitation, we might get a little sidetracked from what’s truly important. The great obstacle is not the hate that is from a coworker or on Facebook or a neighbor. It is the obstacle that hate and intolerance grow inside of us. I have been here and I have been where you are and I have survived. So will you. As painful as these days are, there are better days ahead. Go on now, and do what you must do. Be strong. This is not the end of things but a new beginning.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    In Confessions of a Christian Mystic, River Jodan bears herself and her spirtuality for her reades. This frank and honest look at her lsmspiring for anyone who didn't fit in teh Envangelical cubby hole. This may not be everyone's cup of tea and I love it all eth mroe for it. Jordan lets her thoughts roam and this is more like a book of essasies than a true memoir. She includes letters and other formats to tell the stories that affected her life breaking out of the typical manuscript set up. Some In Confessions of a Christian Mystic, River Jodan bears herself and her spirtuality for her reades. This frank and honest look at her lsmspiring for anyone who didn't fit in teh Envangelical cubby hole. This may not be everyone's cup of tea and I love it all eth mroe for it. Jordan lets her thoughts roam and this is more like a book of essasies than a true memoir. She includes letters and other formats to tell the stories that affected her life breaking out of the typical manuscript set up. Some people will not enjoy that, so I warn them away from that now. Who I don't warn away are Christians who are uncomfortable with a view outside their own. By reading Jordan's work you can experience the same ideals just seen and lived differently. Christianity as a whole needs to stop looking through a denominational leans and open up themselves to the ways God speaks to all his children. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is beautiful and emotional. I am touched to had the change to read it. I received an ARf from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I didn't realize before I started reading this that it's a collection of essays rather than a more coherent book. It felt disjointed to me but that's why. I also had not heard of this author or read her other books, so I suspect someone who is more familiar with her would appreciate this one more than I did. And there is no denying that River Jordan is a very good writer and story teller. If you enjoy spiritual memoirs you might like this one. **I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an h I didn't realize before I started reading this that it's a collection of essays rather than a more coherent book. It felt disjointed to me but that's why. I also had not heard of this author or read her other books, so I suspect someone who is more familiar with her would appreciate this one more than I did. And there is no denying that River Jordan is a very good writer and story teller. If you enjoy spiritual memoirs you might like this one. **I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Betty Koval

    This is a ”MUST READ” - not in the conventional way as you would speed through a book to see how it ends! Oh no, this book is to be read slowly and pondered over! I truly savored this book in small bites - each chapter savored as I would a sweet & delicate pastry! River Jordan truly is a wonder when it comes to getting one to ponder their own beliefs - non-judgemental in any way leading us on our own path to serenity in our beliefs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anam Cara

    I just don't have the words to express how unimpressed I was with this book. I received this book from Netgalley to review. I have had several others from the same publisher. I have learned that this is a publisher I should put on my list to avoid, no matter how alluring the title and description are to me. I just don't have the words to express how unimpressed I was with this book. I received this book from Netgalley to review. I have had several others from the same publisher. I have learned that this is a publisher I should put on my list to avoid, no matter how alluring the title and description are to me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joy Snyder

    Bravo! Rarely do I give a 5 star rating, but I could so relate to this author. She’s my same exact age, divorced, mother of 2 boys, lives in my same city.... and so on. Funny, heartwarming, and raw. So very good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    NancyKay Wessman

    Only River Jordan could have written this! And it's a mighty good read and guide to living. Only River Jordan could have written this! And it's a mighty good read and guide to living.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    While not a terrible book or anything, it just didn't capture me. The author had some good stories, but I didn't connect with this book. While not a terrible book or anything, it just didn't capture me. The author had some good stories, but I didn't connect with this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Modisett

    She has such a unique way of sharing experiences of life. It isn’t a quick read; you have to savor it one chapter at a time. Highly recommend

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynnea

    I was drawn to the quote on the cover saying she is the South’s Anne Lamott. I am a fan of Anne Lamont, but I couldn’t get into this one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara Howard

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Haynes

  24. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Butler

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Leah Cooper

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

  30. 5 out of 5

    Curious

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