The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach
by Elaine A Heath
Although each generation searches for effective ways to be salt and light, Elaine Heath argues that the church is currently in an especially difficult placea dark night of the soul. She calls the church to embrace, rather than ignore, its difficulties and find different ways of doing outreach. Heath brings a fresh perspective to the theory and practice of evangelism by approaching it through contemplative spirituality. By looking to mystics, saints, and martyrs of church historysuch as Ignatius of Loyola, Julian of Norwich, St. Francis, John Wesley, Mother Theresa, and Henri Nouwenshe suggests we can discover ways of thinking about God that result in a life of outreach.