From Library Journal
With these two titles, Paraclete begins a highly praiseworthy series of spiritual classics, one each by a female and male mystic of the Middle Ages. Editor Carrigan's commendable "mild modernizations" slightly alter the syntactic difficulties and archaisms of the originals while allowing them to retain both their otherness and their rhetorical power. Ardent spiritual seekers, especially Christians, can scarcely do without Mechthild and Lull, and for any library lacking the "Classics of Western Spirituality" versions of these authors, these convenient paperbacks should be an essential purchase. [Carrigan is an LJ reviewer and former Spiritual Reading columnist.AEd.]
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From the Back Cover
Seeking union with God, Catalan mystic Ramn Lull (1232-1315) describes, in the ecstatic language of love, the mystical ascent of the soul to God. Well-versed in the traditions of courtly love, Lull delivers a love letter to God in the devotional aphorisms of The Book of the Lover and the Beloveda grand, dazzling poem consisting of 365 short meditations. With its exalted and lyrical prose, Lull's account of his desire for God will inspire readers on their own journeys. The Art of Contemplation offers an instructional guide for the mystical journey, covering topics such as prayer, the sacraments, and virtue. Mr. Carrigan's mild modernization of this classic will introduce Lull's lyrical spirituality to a whole new group of lovers of God.