I purchased the book because I expected to gain ideas on the mystical in everyday life that I could use in a setting Yes, I got that And, I gained personal inspiration, energy, and enthusiasm for my own experiences of everyday life. In this memoir, the author revisits ordinary moments in his life and distills the wondrous in the terrible, and the sublime in the remarkable Carse freezes moments of time and consciousness, infusing them with insights from Sufi, Hindu, Zen, Taoist and numerous Western sources He writes with some beautiful metaphores and for me this book will require re reading to digest Had I not liked patches of this book, then I would not read it again I did not understand a lot of it, and surely didn t figure out how portions related to the chapter maybe, a second try will clarify This is a book which require much thought. No comments If you like nonsensical questions like What is the sound of one hand clapping, you might like this book I found it devoid of insight, or even emanations of insight The things Carse finds worthy of contemplation remind me of a story from years ago about how a person tripping on LSD could spend hours marveling at the geometry of a fingernail clipping After reading this book, I have even less respect for the subject of mysticism than when I started. Wow This guy takes pages and pages to try to get the point across I generally like metaphors and illustrative writing but he overwhelms this reader for one trying to depict important historical thinking in what he believes are simple pictures of daily life He fails Truxton King This book is not about concepts, it s about comprehension, the space behind ideas The ah Ha If you like to reflect on the words of others to see how they fit into your life experience, this book is a must for you You might think that to plumb the depths of this book book might require some familiarity with schools of philosophical thought, Eastern and Western Yet it doesn t require any additional background because each chapter explains these concepts through the course of the experiential narrative This book is a glimpse into a history and literature of religion teacher s life experiences and thinking, which he so aptly describes in each chapter of the book This book is to be savored for its depth and insight. Professor Carse is an engaging writer, and the subject matter for his book comprises selected experiences he relates with ease and clarity.For perhaps the first time, I believe I understand what mysticism means to a present day person.I enjoyed the reminders that desire underlies all progress, but cannot be expressed by that progress and that this fact is in itself significant to mystics.Professor Carse has the ability to make a reader wonder and so engage with his viewpoints closely.I recommend this book for a relaxing and engaging read