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, all welded together with a solid blend of Benedictine moderation. 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.

He is at present working on his latest book, Wisdom from the Christian Mystics which 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, and exploring the Jurassic coast, Dorset. He is a member of The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London

David’s Publications

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

Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit

The Vatican document on New Age Spirituality is subtitled, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian reflection on the New Age. Published in 2003, it insists that a clear understanding of our own tradition is the best antidote to alien influences…..

Christian Prayer

The Resolution to end all Resolutions

The Resolution to end all Resolutions

A hermit I know used to say, “When you stop falling you will be in heaven, but when you stop getting up, you will be in hell.” The fact of the matter is, we all fall. The secret of spiritual growth is how long we take to get up again.

Contemplative Prayer

Mystical Contemplation is for All

Mystical Contemplation is for All

Recently I wrote about the sacred touch used by the first Apostles and their successors to hand down the love that had been received by Jesus to successive generations.

A Sideways Look at the Christian Faith

A Personal Journey

From Light to Darkness

From Light to Darkness

It took more than twenty years after leaving school years before I discovered that I was a dyslexic, thanks to a chance meeting with a doctor..


Latest Podcasts

Lecures and Talks

Podcast: When I Saw the Light

Podcast: When I Saw the Light

An experience of human love whilst awaiting a train at Waterloo station gave David hope when he was beginning to think everything seemed hopeless. It helped inspire his next book – ‘Wisdom from the Christian Mystics.’

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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