Sages, Saints, & Seers

A Breviary of Spiritual Masters

Richard H. Schmidt, Illustrated by Dean Mosher

May/2015, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 7 x 10

ISBN-13: 9780819229267



• Illuminates figures from all major spiritual traditions (Christian and non-Christian, Western and Eastern)

• Includes line drawings and study questions

Explore the variety of ways humans experience the holy through 150+ one-page biographies of notable masters from the world’s great spiritual traditions. Key historical figures vividly come to life, with pertinent biographical details presented in a readable, conversational style by a well-respected figure in the Episcopal Church.

For laity and clergy interested in spiritual edification and information about the world’s great religious figures.

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Dean Mosher's epic historic paintings are on display in museums and public building around the country, including the Smithsonian Institute, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He specializes in reconstructing naval battles and air flights and rendering them on large murals. He lives and works in his home and studio in Fairhope, Alabama, which he built by hand.

Richard H. Schmidt has served as a parish priest in four Episcopal dioceses. He retired recently after serving as editor and director of Forward Movement and is now a popular retreat and workshop leader. He is the author of five other books. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama.

“This is a book worth adding to your personal collection. It is a fabulous reference work; a map of the spiritual greats who have shaped the spirituality of the world. Accurate, informed, and interesting. The sort of book you will refer to again and again.”
- Ian S. Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary

“As much an epiphany as a book. Sages, Saints, & Seers will feed your soul and inform your spirit. The story of Sages, told in vignettes, of the evolution of humanity’s engagement with the Other across time, cultures, and religious contexts, is simple in its organization, accessible in its prose, and absolutely dynamic in its impact.”
-Phyllis Tickle, author of thirty six books, including The Divine Hours and The Great Emergence

Sages, Saints, & Seers is impressive in its breadth and in its accessibility. Schmidt manages to take us on an engaging tour through history and across many nations to glean wisdom, insight, and inspiration from women and men of all sorts and conditions. I’m left wanting to learn more about many of these figures. Surely, that makes Schmidt’s book a great success.”
-Scott Gunn, Executive Director, Forward Movement

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