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Not just happy, but ecstatic

Alec Ryrie reads about  the Puritans' little-known mysticism

Soul Recreation: The contemplative-mystical piety of Puritanism
Tom Schwanda
Pickwick Publications £22
(978-1-61097-455-4)

THE final word of the title is the one calculated to make you choke on your mineral water. "Puritanism" remains a boo-word even after all these centuries, and even after a parade of scholars, pointing out that Puritanism is not actually "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be ...

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