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The cloud of unknowing

Author: Bernard Bangley
Publisher: Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, 2009.
Series: Paraclete Essentials edition
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Written by an anonymous fourteenth-century author, The Cloud of Unknowing was originally prepared for cloistered monks. This contemporary English translation with foreword by bestselling author,  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Bangley
ISBN: 9781557256690 1557256691
OCLC Number: 318874530
Notes: Originally published: Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, ©2006. With new foreword.
Description: xvi, 124 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Foreword / by Robert Benson --
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 --
Series Title: Paraclete Essentials edition
Responsibility: edited and modernized by Bernard Bangley.


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