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

Into the Redeeming Christ – A Course

Journey Over as Real Prayer Revealed

Journey Over as Real Prayer Revealed

This series in story form sums up a great adventure. It details all that the author has written on prayer and mystical contemplation, how to search for and find what is the greatest possible human achievement. It is replete with his most recent research and latest inspirational insights

Contemplative Prayer

A Sideways Look at the Christian Faith

Christian Prayer

When you stop falling you will be in heaven

When you stop falling you will be in heaven

Some weeks ago I went to a special Mass prepared by a group of laypeople to ask for God’s mercy on them and on their families as part of their preparation for Lent .

Franciscan Spirituality

Latest Podcasts

Lecures and Talks

Mystical Prayer

David Torkington Reads from The Hermit – Episode 5

David Torkington Reads from The Hermit – Episode 5

James asks Peter to teach him how to pray from the very beginning. The first time that question was asked of Christ by his first followers, was by giving them the prayer that we call the ‘Our Father’.


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