This work focuses on a reality central to each human life and basic to every branch of theology; namely, the immanent transcendence of God. This study begins by exploring that theme of mystery hidden yet revealed from the perspective of the interrelationship of transcendence, self-actualization and creative expression. The book goes on to describe the interplay of those three elements in the lives and the works of,Thomas Merton, monk and writer, and Georgia O'Keeffe, artist. People from a wide variety of backgrounds and traditions will find this study a stimulating source of insight for their spiritual quest.
Endorsements & Reviews-
What is missing so badly in our current culture is a sensitive, deeply intuitive yet compelling understanding of how meaning and transcendence work and support our ordinary efforts to be the best persons we are called to be. What Dr. Coombs so vividly describes for us, through two very valuable case studies - Thomas Merton and Georgia O'Keeffe - is that we are never alone on this journey.
Dr. Michael Rock University of Guelph M.A. and MBA programs Guelph, Ontario, Canada
'Mystery Hidden Yet Revealed' is a dynamically engaging work of art. Coombs weaves the threads of paradox into a tapestry of beauty. Like all art, this work needs to be contemplated over and over. Each line, each paragraph opens new insight and wonder, causing the reader to stand back in awe only to be drawn deeper into the creative process which makes this book unique.
Through presenting Merton and O'Keeffe as icons, Coombs helps us experience Mystery unfolding and finding expression throughout their lives and their particular works.
This book is a mystical vision of the interrelatedness within all of life. Readers will be captivated by its message and excited about its possibilities.
--Jean Springer EREMOS, A center of Contemplative Life www.eremos.org
Marie Theresa Coombs
Marie Theresa Coombs lives as a canonically recognized hermit at Lebh Shomea, a contemplative-eremitical house of prayer in the desert region of south Texas. She earned a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. Besides co-authoring several books on prayer and spirituality, she is a frequented spiritual director.