If you have ever opened a door for the first time and been blown away by the vista that presented itself to your vision, then you will begin to understand what it is like to read The Carmelite Way by John Welch.
Welch manages to present an amazing overview of the history of the Carmelite order. In this book, modern Christians are confronted by a form of Christianity that is altogether different from what we see in most of the traditions that are prevalent in today's world.
The Carmelite story is rich and colorful. It is a story of a spirituality with roots that come from a fountain on a mountain (Mt Carmel) in the desert-and the saints that first sojourned there. It is a song that sings beautifully of the themes of failure and renewal.
Welch gives not only a great overview of the history of the Carmelites; he also delves into the riches of Carmelite teachings and thought; outlining a path for the modern pilgrim.
I know of no better introduction to the Carmelite tradition. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the life of and through the Spirit.
Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my thoughts. See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths. (Psalm 139) The Carmelite Way is indeed a spiritual guide book along the ancient path up Mount Carmel. The author uses his knowledge and insights to provide an historical overview of the foundations of this Religious Order and also points out its fundamental beliefs and visions. St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross ( two of the more well known and major influences in the Order) are used extensively throughout the book to illustrate important concepts. The Carmelite Way has helped me better understand my Order's rich traditions and "roots". It will also be very useful to anyone searching for a deeper spiritual understanding. Read the book and come join us as we journey in Carmel