Item description for The Cloud of Unknowing & the Book of Privy Counseling (Spiritual Classic (St. Anthony Messenger Press)) by William Johnston, Murray Bodo & Huston Smith...
Overview The first work of its kind to be written in the English language, The Cloud of Unknowing is a spritual guide to contemplation from an anonymous English monk of the 14th century. It has inspired spiritual teachers from St. John of the Cross in the 16th century to such contemporary teachers of prayer as Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating. Especially accessible to the modern reader and listener.
Publishers Description The first work of its kind to be written in the English language, "The Cloud of Unknowing" is a spiritual guide to contemplation from an anonymous English monk of the 14th century. It has inspired spiritual teachers from St. John of the Cross in the 16th century to such contemporary teachers of prayer as Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating. 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." While this medieval masterpiece has been translated many times, this edition is especially accessible to the modern reader and listener. William Johnston--an authority on 14th 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. Unabridged audiobook Six compact discs / 7.5 hours (approx.)
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Running Time: 450.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.43" Width: 6.49" Height: 1.07" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867168714 ISBN13 9780867168716
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More About William Johnston, Murray Bodo & Huston Smith
William Johnston S.J., an Irish priest who teaches at Sophia University in Tokyo, is the author of many acclaimed books, including, from Fordham University Press, Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation, Being in Love: The Practice of Christian Prayer, and Silent Music: The Science of Meditation.
William Johnston was born in 1925.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Cloud of Unknowing & the Book of Privy Counseling (Spiritual Classic (St. Anthony Messenger Press))?
For The Serious Minded Only Apr 10, 2008
Excellent reading and challenging thoughts. Must be ready to go beyond the "norm" to enjoy and make application of this book. I highly recommend this...only be prepared to face yourself...and God.
Must read for those interested in contemplative prayer. Oct 19, 2007
It seems like every book I have read on centering prayer or contemplative prayer quote this book extensively. This is a must read book that is easy to read yet requires a life time to apply.
A TRUE WAY TO ENCOUNTER WITH GOD Jun 26, 2007
This is a most compelling and etheral writing! Not for all folks, however is immensely gripping.
No reason to read this book. Mar 5, 2006
There is no reason to read The Cloud in translation. It is written in simple prose and in one of the easiest Middle English dialects for Modern English speakers to read. This edition of the book is an unnecessary translation into Modern English in which a great deal of the original works subtleties and nuances are lost. Because the text was written with such close attention to language it is truly inexcusable for any one to read it in translation when then original is completely accessible to the Modern English speaker. I therefore recommend the edition the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series, edited by Patrick J. Gallacher and available for roughly the same price, instead of this version.
Less thinking + more loving = at-one-ment with God Jan 27, 2006
My understanding and practice of contemplative prayer is that it cannot be forced or willed; it is God's gift. In this state, one transcends words, thoughts and images to enter a state of oneness with God. It silences the noises of daily life, revealing an awareness of God's love which both humbles and exalts. To that end, this 14th century book on the nature of apophatic (mystical) prayer also provides modern audiences with an understanding of the foundation of "centering prayer".
As a practitioner of lectio divinia and contemplative prayer, I found that over time, *The Cloud* enriched my relationship with God. However, it took some time; I wasn't ready when I first tried to read and absorb it. But with daily prayer, a grounding in the works of others (eg; Desert Fathers, Augustine, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, T. Merton, etc.) and spiritual growth, it took root. This is just my experience, but one which echoes the comment of reviewer RKirkham, "Study without prayer is flat; prayer without study leads to error."
If you're not sure this is the book for you, sample this excellent translation by Evelyn Underhill online @ http://www.ccel.org/ccel/anonymous2/cloud.toc.html