Literature

Below is a list of readings (alphabetical by author’s last name) which you may find helpful on your spiritual journey. Many are available in audio format.


Anonymous

The Book of Privy Counsel. A lesser known companion piece to The Cloud of Unknowing, by the same fourteenth century, anonymous author.

The Cloud of Unknowing. This is a spiritual classic from the fourteenth century on which much writing about contemplation, both classic and contemporary, is based.


Butcher, Carmen Acevedo

Translator, The Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy Counsel. Shambala, 2009. The Cloud and the Book of Privy Counsel are spiritual classics from the fourteenth century on which much writing about contemplation, both classic and contemporary, are based. I especially like Butcher’s translation; she translates by a primary focus on sense as opposed to taking a literal approach. As a result the text becomes very readable and fresh, and the sense of what the anonymous author was saying comes vividly to life. Noted Saturday, 21 March 2020.


Hart, Thomas N.

The Art of Christian Listening. Paulist P, 1980. This work is a guide to Christian helping relationships, including spiritual direction where the focus is on listening to the story of another with the aim of providing companionship on their spiritual journey and helping discern the leading of Spirit in their life. Noted Sunday, 22 March 2020.


Johnson, Fenton

At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life. WW Norton & Co., 2020. This beautifully written work examines the lives of creative solitaries and how they incorporated solitude into their lives in order to produce beauty, truth and love for all people and all of creation. Added 27 March 2020.


Laird, Martin

Into the Silent Land: A guide to the Christian practice of contemplation. Oxford UP, 2006. Added Sunday, 22 March 2020.


May, Gerald G.

The Awakened Heart: Opening yourself to the love you need. Harper, 1991. Added 23 March 2020.


Nouwen, Henri JM

Following Jesus: finding our way home in an age of anxiety. Convergent, 2019.


Roberts, Matthias

Beyond Shame: creating a healthy sex life on your own terms. Fortress, 2020. Added 23 March 2020.


Underhill, Evelyn

The Spiritual Life: Four broadcast talks by Evelyn Underhill. Martino Publishing, 2013. This book is a reprint of a series of collected talks given by Evelyn Underhill in the Autumn of 1936 and published in 1937.


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