The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: William Johnston
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0307809056
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THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING and THE BOOK OF PRIVY COUNSELING are the first explorations in the English language of the soul’s quest for God. Written in Middle English by an unknown fourteenth-century mystic, THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING expresses with beauty a message that has inspired such great religious thinkers as St. John of the Cross and Teilhard de Chardin, as well as countless others in search of God. Offering a practical guide to the life of contemplation, the author explains that ordinary thoughts and earthly concepts must be buried beneath a “cloud of forgetting,” while our love must rise toward a God hidden in the “cloud of unknowing.” THE BOOK OF PRIVY COUNSELING, also included in this volume, is a short and moving text on the way to enlightenment through a total loss of self and a consciousness only of the divine. William Johnston, an authority on fourteenth-century mysticism and spirituality, provides an accessible discussion of the works, detailing what is known about the history of the texts and their author. In a new foreword, Huston Smith draws on his extensive knowledge of the varieties of religious experience to illuminate the relevance of these works for contemporary readers.

The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: Evelyn Underhill
Publisher: Aeterna Press
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GHOSTLY friend in God, thou shalt well understand that I find, in my boisterous beholding, four degrees and forms of Christian men’s living: and they be these, Common, Special, Singular, and Perfect. Three of these may be begun and ended in this life; and the fourth may by grace be begun here, but it shall ever last without end in the bliss of Heaven. And right as thou seest how they be set here in order each one after other; first Common, then Special, after Singular, and last Perfect, right so me thinketh that in the same order and in the same course our Lord hath of His great mercy called thee and led thee unto Him by the desire of thine heart. Aeterna Press

The Cloud of Unknowing

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Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834823662
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This anonymous fourteenth-century text is the glory of English mysticism, and one of the most practical and useful guides to finding union with God ever written. Carmen Acevedo Butcher’s new translation is the first to bring the text into a modern English idiom—while remaining strictly faithful to the meaning of the original Middle English. The Cloud of Unknowing consists of a series of letters written by a monk to his student or disciple, instructing him (or her) in the way of Divine union. Its theology is presented in a way that is remarkably easy to understand, as well as practical, providing advice on prayer and contemplation that anyone can use. Previous translations of the Cloud have tended to veil its intimate, even friendly tone under medieval-sounding language. Carmen Butcher has boldly brought the text into language as appealing to modern ears as it was to its original readers more than five hundred years ago. Also included in the volume is the companion work attributed to the same anonymous author, The Book of Privy Counsel, which contains further advice for approaching God in a way that emphasizes real experience rather than human knowledge. To learn more about the author, visit her website: carmenbutcher.com

The Complete Cloud of Unknowing

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Publisher: Paraclete Press
ISBN: 1612617174
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Central to the Christian mystical tradition is the inspired work of the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing. Rich with insights and perceptions of the obscurity and “unknowability” of God, this work reveals God as being on an entirely different plane of existence from human beings—so different that time-bound human language is inadequate to describe God exhaustively or accurately. Intellect and emotion both fail in seeking God, who can only be encountered by rejecting all common earthly means in a “cloud of forgetting” and the discovery of Godself in the dark “cloud of unknowing” that can be pierced only with a “lance of longing love.” Now, we finally have a translation that captures all of this beauty and complexity, without minimizing the nuances, all of which are explained with extensive introductions and accompanying notes. "If I could keep with me only two books and a journal, this book would be one of the books. As far as I’m concerned it’s the most important book (and among the most influential) on Christian prayer in the last two millennia. I'm delighted to endorse this fine new translation and commentary.”—The Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman, University Presbyterian Church, Fresno, CA , author of Beyond Chaos: Living the Christian Family in a World Like Ours and Returning to the Center: Living Prayer in a Distracting World "The Complete Cloud of Unknowing includes two classics of medieval Christian contemplative spirituality — essential reading for anyone seeking to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of silent prayer. They are rich texts, full of nuanced wisdom that often gets lost in modern translations. Father John-Julian has captured the beauty, humor and literary elegance of the original versions, but also has supplemented his translation with detailed notes that convey the subtle spiritual insight that makes these works required reading. I'm excited about this book — it's a title I will recommend both to beginners and to longstanding students of The Cloud.” —Carl McColman, author of Answering the Contemplative Call and The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader

The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: Thomas H. Cook
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0156032805
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Horrified by the suspicious drowning death of her schizophrenic son, Diana exchanges e-mails with her schizophrenic brother that explore clues from ancient murders in order to build a case against Diana's geneticist husband, who never made peace with the boy's illness. By the author of Red Leaves. Reprint.

The Pursuit of Wisdom and Other Works

Author: Author of The cloud of unknowing
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809129720
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Included here are modern English translations of The Pursuit of Wisdom and five other essays by the unknown 14th-century mystic who wrote The Cloud of Unknowing.

The Mysticism of The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: William Johnston
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 9780823220748
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For centuries, mystics have groped for words in which to account for the supreme reality of this experience which not only illuminates a man's mind and fills his heart with new strength, but even radically transforms his whole life. All this is said in classic and unforgettable pages by TheCloud of Unknowing, the work of an anonymous fourteenth-century English writer.

The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Treatises The Epistle of Privy Counsel

Author: Justin McCann
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ISBN: 9781614275831
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2014 Reprint of 1952 Revised Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. "The Cloud of Unknowing" is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. Along with "The Cloud" were written six accompanying treaties. Chief among these is "Epistle of Privy Counsel" which is also reproduced in this text. "The Cloud" is a spiritual guide on contemplative prayer. The underlying message of this work proposes that the only way to truly "know" God is to abandon all preconceived notions and beliefs or "knowledge" about God and be courageous enough to surrender your mind and ego to the realm of "unknowingness," at which point, you begin to glimpse the true nature of God. The book counsels a young student to seek God, not through knowledge and intellection (faculty of the human mind), but through intense contemplation, motivated by love, and stripped of all thought. This is brought about by putting all thoughts and desires under a "cloud of forgetting," and thereby piercing God's cloud of unknowing with a "dart of longing love" from the heart. This form of contemplation is not directed by the intellect, but involves spiritual union with God through the heart.

A Little Daily Wisdom

Author: Carmen Acevedo Butcher
Publisher: Paraclete Press
ISBN: 1557259410
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"Remember kind actions - more than anything else - cause the soul to shine with brilliance." —Gertrude the Great Discover the strength, wisdom, and joyful faith of Christianity's legendary women - the medieval mystics. Their honesty and deep love for God will encourage and empower you every day of the year. This book of daily readings will help you create quiet space for focusing on God's love in the midst of a busy life. As you spend time with these great women, you will discover an astonishing view of a God who is tender, nurturing, forgiving, and as close as breath. "In these pages, the images of the spiritual life are the erotic ones of the feminine experience. They are the stuff of very physically-present women who loved their Lord with a ferocity and passion that could be reported only in those experiences of the flesh." —Phyllis Tickle

Mystical Journey

Author: William Johnston
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"William Johnston, product of the rigorous formation of the Irish Jesuits, faced a spiritual turning point with his initial assignment to Japan in 1951. There, his exposure to Asian culture and Zen practice revolutionized his understanding of the mystical traditions of Christianity, transforming his spiritual practice. His story is enlivened by his encounters with such figures as Thomas Merton, Pedro Arrupe, the saintly Jesuit Superior General, novelist Shusaku Endo, Takashi Nagai, the mystic of Nagasaki, and the Dalai Lama." "The ways in which East and West have come together in Johnston's many writings have influenced and inspired countless readers. Now, they can explore his experience more directly in Mystical Journey."--BOOK JACKET.