Knowledge alone is not enough. Knowledge alone will never change anyone permanently. But the experience of being loved will!

Quote from 'Wisdom of the Western Isles - the Making of a Mystic'


Welcome to David’s Website

David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology.

His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, his Mystical Theology Carmelite. He has sold over 300,000 books in more than twelve different languages.

He was educated at the Franciscan Study Centre, England and the National Catholic Radio and Television Centre, Hatch End, London where he was later appointed to the post of Dean of Studies.

He was extra mural lecturer in Mystical Theology at the Dominican University in Rome (The Angelicum). In addition to giving Retreats and lecturing all over Europe, he undertook five prolonged lecture tours to Africa, mainly Equatorial Africa, speaking on Prayer and Spirituality to Religious, Monks, Diocesan Priests and lay people.

His latest book, Wisdom from the Christian Mystics was published in January 2018 and will be followed by his autobiography Injured Innocence.

When he is not writing, he spends time on his boat on the peaceful Beaulieu river in the New Forest, Hampshire. He is a member of The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London

David’s Publications

David considers his latest book, Wisdom from the Christian Mystics to be his life’s work. After many years of studying the early sources, he reintroduces us to the profound mystical spirituality which was the staple diet of Christians in the first centuries.

David’s most successful book is Wisdom from the Western Isles,  the popular Peter Calvay Trilogy (Hermit, Prophet, Mystic) re-edited in one volume, in which he teaches the reader how to pray, from the very beginning to what St Teresa of Avila calls the Mystical Marriage. 

Wisdom from Franciscan Italy shows how the essence of Christian spirituality is restored by Francis and details the implications of the revelation of the Primacy of Love received by Francis moments before he received the Stigmata. The book explains how this is the starting point for St Bonaventure’s spirituality and John Duns Scotus’ Mystical Theology of love.

Other  publications include:     Inner Life:     How to Pray:     A New Beginning:    Dear Susanna.

Both Wisdom from the Western Isles,  and Wisdom from Franciscan Italy, have been published by John Hunt Publications and are  available to buy from and  

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Latest Blog Posts

Mystical Theology

The Art of The Impossible – A Book Launch – Part 2

The Art of The Impossible – A Book Launch – Part 2

I said  in the first part of  the lecture to launch my book, that the famous moral philosopher Professor Joad insisted  that the teaching of the Gospels was absolutely impossible. In saying this he wrongly believed that he was damning Christianity for good, when in...

Christian Prayer

From Selfishness to Selflessness

From Selfishness to Selflessness

During a series of talks that I gave to Cistercian monks in the Cameroon, I was able to spend many hours with the holiest man I have ever met.

Contemplative Prayer

Deus Caritas – God is Love

Deus Caritas – God is Love

When Charles Dickens wrote, “God is love,” on the workhouse wall, he was of course being sarcastic. He knew there was no love in that workhouse, as Oliver Twist was about to find

A Sideways Look at the Christian Faith

A Personal Journey


Latest Podcasts

Lecures and Talks

Mystical Prayer

Podcast: In the Carmelite Tradition

Podcast: In the Carmelite Tradition

Talk to the Discalced Carmelites, Boars Hill, Oxford, England. A historical perspective. Monasticism to Mendicants and back to Contemplation


Podcast: Entering into the Prayer of Christ

Podcast: Entering into the Prayer of Christ

Progress in the Spiritual Life is rather like trying to walk up a downward escalator. The moment you stop going forward is the moment when you start going backwards.

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