The Spiritual Teachings of Madame Guyon, Including Translations Into English From Her Writings

Author: James, Nancy C.
This work includes an essay examining the apophatic mysticism of Madame Guyon, the French mystic and writer, along translations of portions of her works, letters and poems. Annotations provide needed information to understand both the history of this important era and Guyon’s influential theology of pure love.


“Rev. Dr. James’s selection of Mme. Guyon’s works displays all of the insight and thoroughness we have come to expect from this gifted Episcopal priest and theologian. It guides us to the center of the great and under-recognized mystical spirit who was Jeanne Guyon. But in the end, Mme. Guyon delivered her message even more through her life than through her writing.” - Rev. John M. Graham, Grace Church, Georgetown, Washington D.C.

“This comprehensive introduction to the life and work of Madame Guyon makes a very important yet much-neglected figure in the history of Western spirituality come alive. ... Rev. Nancy James has captured the essence of Guyon’s unique personality and distilled the substance of her contributions, highlighting what still makes her attractive and relevant in the twenty-first century.” - Dr. Carlos M. N. Eire, Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University

Table of Contents

Foreword by the Rev. John M. Graham
Introduction: The Apophatic Mysticism of Madame Guyon
Selections from Autobiography
Selections from A Short and Easy Method of Prayer
Selections from Song of Songs
Selections from Spiritual Torrents
Selections from Poems
Selections from Letters of Madame Guyon