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 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.
Both Wisdom from the Western Isles, and Wisdom from Franciscan Italy, have been published by John Hunt Publications and are available to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
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Latest Blog Posts
Over thirty years ago, by accident rather than by design, I became aware of the terrible sexual scandals that hit the headlines ten or so years later.
In answer to a recent letter asking me how to pray, I sent back nine prayers that have been a great help to me over the years.
When Edmund Burke wrote: “These things are unspeakable, but I cannot remain silent,” he could have been speaking about the terrible sexual scandals that are taking place in our Church.
A Sideways Look at the Christian Faith
When transposed from the sporting life to the spiritual life my coach’s teaching taught me more about how to progress spiritually than any spiritual director whom I have even known.
A Personal Journey
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..
Two years before his death St Francis received the stigmata which we celebrate on the 17th September.
Lecures and Talks
David gives a talk at his Book Launch of Wisdom from the Christian Mystics – How to Pray the Christian Way on 15th February 2018 at The Athenaeum, Pall Mall, London.
Talk to the Discalced Carmelites, Boars Hill, Oxford, England. A historical perspective. Monasticism to Mendicants and back to Contemplation
Each morning after his mother’s death, David’s father brought two cups of tea into his bedroom.