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This is William Johnston's summary of the message of The Cloud of Unknowing. Nobody knows who wrote the book, or exactly where he lived, or whether he was a member of a religious order, or even, really, whether he was part of any church at all. The text first appeared in Middle English in the 14th century, and it has inspired generations of mystical searchers (from St. John of the Cross to Teilhard de Chardin). The mysterious conditions of its composition, however, focus the reader's attention squarely on the book's message--an almost Zen rendering of Christianity, which has a great deal to teach our querulous, doctrine-obsessed churches: "And so I urge you," the author writes, "go after experience rather than knowledge. On account of pride, knowledge may often deceive you, but this gentle, loving affection will not deceive you. Knowledge tends to breed conceit, but love builds. Knowledge is full of labor, but love, full of rest." --Michael Joseph Gross
William Johnston--an authority on fourteenth century spirituality and specifically on the writings of this unknown author--provides a substantive and accessible introduction detailing what is known about the history of this text and its relevance throughout the ages. Also included here is the author's other principal work, The Book of Privy Counseling--a short and moving text on the way to enlightenment through a total loss of self and consciousness only of the divine.
It is a great book and corresponds with The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross.Published 7 days ago by Margaret L. Leone
The Cloud of Unkowing is not a book to be merely read and therefore taken lightly. Reading or listening to this book demands time spent in reflection. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jim L. Medlock
After the Bible, this is the greatest book ever written in the entire history of the world. There are several versions of the English translation, this one is really good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diggidy Dog 99
Written in a very relaxed conversational style that is quite inviting and appropriate to the subject of contemplative prayer, I would highly recommend this edition. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. S. T.
This is one of the top ten Western Spiritual Classics. It forms the basis of the Centering Prayer Movement started by Basil Pennington, William Menninger, and Thomas Keating. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amos Smith
Very interesting book a little hard to speed read. But I am enjoying it and will keep it in my library. I would recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Denny Connealy