The “Complete” Cloud of Unknowing (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2015)

The Complete Cloud of Unknowing isn’t really “complete” — the author of The Cloud of Unknowing is associated with seven medieval texts, only two of which appear in this volume. But those two, The Cloud of Unknowing and The Letter of Privy Counsel, are certainly the most important works by this unknown author, two classics of medieval Christian contemplative spirituality, essential 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 JohnJulian 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.

 

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