The word “mysticism” often brings to mind suspicions of an obscure hobby having little or nothing to do with real life. What the reader of An Emerald Earth will discover, however, is exactly the reverse: a mystical orientation that is accessible, relevant, and eminently natural.

—Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Sufi Order International

BY FELICIA NORTON AND CHARLES SMITH, PH.D.