Incandescence: 365 Readings with Women Mystics
Catholic News Service (March 9, 2006)
Lynn M. Browne, Catholic Library World (December 9, 2005)
Carmen Acevedo Butcher has produced a wonderful, contemplative, prayerful book. These women mystics wrote of a God of Love and our relationship with this God using beautiful language, symbolism and imagery. Butcher writes of Incandescence that "as a sort of mystics primer, it presents their most representative, most arresting, most convincing passages, and is intended to help readers create a cell or quiet space for focusing on God's love in the midst of busy lives." Butcher has in some instances modernized translations and condensed passages, so there would be some benefit to checking out primary sources with regard to any scholarly use of this book, but as a daily devotional it is fantastic.
Hopefully, exposure to and reflection on these spiritual readings would open the door for the reader to a wider exploration of the work and theologies of these amazing medieval holy women who still have so much of relevance to say to us today. I have already purchased and distributed numerous copies of this book as gifts to loved ones. I highly recommend it.