Carl McColman is a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader, catechist and spiritual companion. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He is a life-professed Lay Cistercian (a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Cistercian monks) affiliated with the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He also received formation in the practice of Christian spirituality and contemplative leadership through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.is an author, speaker, retreat leader and spiritual director. His blog, www.carlmccolman.net, celebrates the mystical and contemplative dimensions of both Christian and world spirituality.