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The cloud of unknowing

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Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, 2009.
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xvi, 124 pages ; 20 cm.
The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in the latter half of the 14th century. The text is a spiritual guide to contemplative prayer. "Be willing to be blind, and give up all longing to know the why and how, for knowing will be more of a hindrance than a help." This 1912 edition was edited by Evelyn Underhill, and contains her introduction.
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Originally published: Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, c2006. With new foreword.
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Anonymous. (2009). The cloud of unknowing. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press.

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Anonymous. 2009. The Cloud of Unknowing. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press.

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Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 2009.

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Anonymous. The Cloud of Unknowing. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 2009. Print.

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