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Carl McColman: Biography, Book Synopses, High Resolution Images


Photo by Fran McColman

Photo by Fran McColman

Carl McColman is a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader, catechist and spiritual companion. He is the author of several books, including Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He is a life-professed Lay Cistercian (a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Cistercian monks) affiliated with the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He also received formation in the practice of Christian spirituality and contemplative leadership through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Carl regularly leads retreats and speaks on the contemplative life at monasteries and retreat centers, cathedrals, parishes and seminaries. His ministry is ecumenical in scope, and he has also participated in a number of interfaith initiatives. He maintains a blog at his website, He also blogs for Patheos ( and is the co-host of a podcast, Encountering Silence (

About his ministry, Carl says, “I help Christians and other seekers respond to the healing love of God through prayer, silence, and discernment, so to embody a joyful life of creativity, service and delight.” He does this by passionately encouraging his audience to embrace contemplative spirituality, to drink from the deep wells of Christian wisdom beginning with scripture and the wisdom of saints and mystics, and to apply such insight to the challenges and concerns of everyday life.

Carl McColman lives near Atlanta, GA. In addition to his blog, he is active on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.



  • The Unteachable Lessons (Forthcoming; Tentative Title)
  • An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom (Forthcoming) —
  • The Little Book of Christian Mysticism (2018)
  • Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages (2016)
  • Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Celtic Spirituality (2015) —
  • Answering the Contemplative Call (2013)
  • The Lion, the Mouse, and the Dawn Treader (2010)
  • The Big Book of Christian Mysticism (2010)

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Author of Befriending Silence, Christian Mystics, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Catechist. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.