For an outline of a book idea, with the title Evangelical Mysticism, the table of contents (tentative) would be a profile of chapters on certain evangelical mystics and their own particular brand of mysticism. I put the qualifier of “mysticism” after each name, because these are not merely profiles or biographies of these men’s lives; they will be studies of their mystical theology: on subjects such as meditation, contemplation, visions, dreams, the voice of God, the presence of God, ecstasy, spiritual discernment, healing, prophecy, deliverance, etc.
DEFINED AND TAUGHT BY VARIOUS PROTESTANT SAINTS
1. Isaac Ambrose’s Mysticism (Tom Schwanda’s Soul Recreation)
2. John Wesley’s Mysticism (Robert Tuttle’s Mysticism in the Wesleyan Tradition)
3. A. B. Simpson’s Mysticism (Clyde McLean Glass, “Mysticism and contemplation in the life and teaching of Albert Benjamin Simpson”)
4. William J. Seymour’s Mysticism (Vinson Synan’s William J. Seymour)
5. Smith Wigglesworth’s Mysticism (Stanley Frodsham’s Smith Wigglesworth)
6. A. W. Tozer’s Mysticism (E. Lynn Harris’ The Mystic Spirituality of A. W. Tozer)
7. John Wimber’s Mysticism (Carol Wimber’s The Way It Was)
My Mysticism: Preserving the Gold, Rejecting the Dross
1/11/14 UPDATE: After finishing chapter 6 of Robert Tuttle’s Mysticism in the Wesleyan Tradition (1989), I have a clear idea of Wesley’s “ascetical-mystical theology,” which were highly regarded in his old age, as exemplary works for cultivating Christian perfection and holy living. This was Wesley’s “mystical gold,” by the 1780s:–the last decade of his life.
1. The Life of Monsieur De Renty
2. The Life of Gregory Lopez
3. Francois Fenelon’s Letters (or Let Go; or The Complete Fenelon)
4. The Life of Madame Guyon (or Jeanne Guyon: An Autobiography)
5. Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ (Ignatius Press, 2005; Hardcover)
6. Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God
In light of this discovery:–John Wesley was surprisingly not very interested in the prophetic. He was an evangelist at heart, and nearly came towards such a restrictive view of miraculous gifts, that he was almost a cessationist. Of course, he was always “open but cautious,” and that small gleam of faith in mystical experience was evidenced in his Journal many times (see Daniel Jennings’ The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley).