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

Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One

What on earth was I going to talk to her about I was thinking when, discovering that I was a Catholic writer, she made everything simple for me. She asked me to explain to her the mystery of the Holy Trinity!

Christian Prayer

Are you a self-made man who worships his maker?

Are you a self-made man who worships his maker?

Like most European Catholics I was born and brought up in the aftermath of the Renaissance influenced by a spirituality that owed as much to the rise of humanism as to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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

From Toy Town With Love

From Toy Town With Love

Love cannot be forced on anyone, and if that is true of our love, it is the same with God’s love that is at all times being poured out from the loving heart of the Risen Christ.

A Personal Journey


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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