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Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr

Heaven Opens

The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr

Matthew Lewis Sutton (Author)

Adrienne von Speyr was one of the most important mystical theologians of the last century. However, her work has been eclipsed in many ways by her personal connection to Hans Urs von Balthasar. Heaven Opens provides one of the first comprehensive accounts of von Speyr’s theology.
Matthew Lewis Sutton argues that the eternal, immanent relations of the Triune God ground the mystical theological vision of von Speyr. Here, von Speyr’s work is for the first time given an independent hearing, expositing its content, features, and connections, and assessing its contribution to contemporary Catholic theology.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451473018
  • eBook ISBN 9781451479881
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 272
  • Publication Date February 1, 2014


Chronology of Adrienne von Speyr
1. Encountering Adrienne von Speyr
2. Trinitarian Mysticism as an Opening of Heaven
3. Trinitarian Mysticism in the Drama of Redemption
4. Original Image of the Immanent Trinity
5. Love Theology of the Immanent Trinity
6. Obedience and Mission
7. The Son’s Mission of Obedience
8. The Holy Spirit’s Mission of Obedience
9. The Trinitarian Origin of the Sacraments
10. The Trinitarian Origin of Prayer
11. "Lift High Your Heads, O Gates"


"In this significant monograph, Matthew Lewis Sutton brings expositional clarity and conceptual rigour to the extensive textual legacy of Adrienne von Speyr. It is a real accomplishment that this is achieved without any unnecessary sacrifice of the vibrancy and immediacy of her Trinitarian mystical theology. But perhaps the greatest achievement of this volume is to demonstrate that von Speyr's contemplative work is worthy of attention and study, not simply as an adjunct of the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, but in its own impressive right."
—Paul T. Nimmo
University of Aberdeen