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“This classic deserves to be read by every age in its own cultural idiom. Dr. Butcher has done just that and has preserved a valuable treasure for our time. This is the book that balances our lust for knowing with the freedom of not needing to know at all!”—Richard Rohr, OFM, author of Radical Grace and Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

“Brilliant, bold, and breathtaking. Carmen Acevedo Butcher is called to this work, and I have no doubt the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing is the one calling her. I loved her sensitivity to the original Middle English, her fascinating background details, and her high level of accuracy. I am delighted that this passionate and readable new translation of the Cloud is on the planet!”—Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Wisdom Jesus and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

About the Author

Carmen Acevedo Butcher is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Shorter College, Rome, Georgia, where she is also Scholar-in-Residence. She has published numerous translations of Christian mystical classics, including Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader, Man of Blessing: A Life of BenedictIncandescence: 365 Readings with Women Mystics, and A Little Daily Wisdom: Christian Women Mystics.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shambhala; 1st edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1590306228
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1590306222
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.6 x 0.87 x 8.5 inches
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I'm struck how beautiful this book is. It's simple. It's love. It's not mental struggle. It's being present with the now. Learn to love the darkness of unknowing for that is the fertile ground for the love and will of God to come fill me to full and overflowing.

This is simply a book to help quiet the soul so that God can come in and make a home and the value of his residence makes the soul at peace. Beautiful.
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