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Cloud of Unknowing

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ISBN-10: 1557256691

ISBN-13: 9781557256690

Edition: 2009

Authors: Anonymous, Bernard Bangley, Robert Benson

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A mystical classic now easier to understand Very few spiritual classics from centuries past offer real guidance for entering into the darkness and light of Christian mysticism. Notoriously difficult to understand, this contemporary English translation of one of the most popular texts from the late Middle Ages is different: It offers an accessible invitation to the reader to enter into an engagement with God, through this ldquo;cloud of unknowing.rdquo; Mystical concepts are explained in everyday language. Written by an anonymous fourteenth-century author,The Cloud of Unknowingwas originally prepared for cloistered monks. Yet it has found centuries of readers from all walks of life. Each…    
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Paraclete Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Bernard Bangley received a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. During his years as a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Bangley authored and edited a large number of books, including Christian Classics in Modern English, Getting Along When You Feel Like Getting Even, Authentic Devotion, Rooted in Faith: Meditations from the Reformers and Radiance. Rev. Bangley lives in Lexington, Virginia.

Foreword
Introduction
Prayer
Preface
Four degrees of Christian living
Spiritual preparation
A superior discipline
Knowledge and imagination
The cloud of forgetting
A brief dialogue
Intellectual curiosity
Regarding uncertainties
Contemplative prayer
Discernment
Evaluating thoughts
Results of contemplation
Perfect and imperfect humility
Begin with imperfect humility
Understanding humility
Contemplative humility
A critical world
Ignorance
Complaining
God responds
The text
Love and contemplation
God's spiritual provision
Contemplative love
Details
When difficult prayer becomes possible
Who should attempt contemplation?
Begin by seeking forgiveness
Endurance
Critics
Beginners and temptation
Spiritual devices
Perfect rest
God's gift
Reading, reflection, and prayer
Meditation
Special prayers
Why short prayers pierce heaven
The nature of prayer
Forgetting virtue and vice
Contemplation and indiscretion
Indiscretion produces discretion
Forgetting the self
Suppressing the self
Spiritual illusions
Spiritual enthusiasm
Approaching God
Physical aspects of prayer
Essence of perfection
Pure love
Misinterpretation
Beginners' mistakes
Outward behavior
Controlling the body
Condemning others
Common sense and common doctrine
Presumptuous beginners
Forcing imagination
Time, place, and prayer
Desire
Spirit and flesh
Understanding spiritual activity
Mind
Reason and will
Imagination
Sensuality
The spiritual way
Nowhere is everywhere
Nothingness and love
Comprehending God
Variety of experience
Differences
Contributions
Recognition
Certainty
Appendix: Essay on The Cloud of Unknowing by Evelyn Underhill