"Maria Clara Bingemer dares to take on our contemporary secular culture and insists on our need for religious experience. While arguing for the reality of religion, she posits a particular course, for all of us, to rediscover the Transcendent. ... Through her account of how it is that we are this way, she proposes other narratives that bring us to an encounter of passion for God. It's Bingemer at her best."
James F. Keenan, Canisius Professor, Boston College
"Reading Dr Bingemer's book, the idea of mystical thought as an outdated, esoteric tradition fairly crumbles in our hands. By carefully laying out the spiritual experiences and ethical concerns of a number of modern mystical personalities who sought a life of grace outside the official church or at its fringes, she challenges people of faith to open their eyes to their tacit conspiracy in the ongoing degradation of human life and the ecology of the earth."
James W. Heisig, Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture