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Book Review: Study of Wisdom: Three Tracts (Fairacres Publication, 75) by the author of the Cloud of Unknowing

by Peter Menkin  
3/18/2009 / Book Reviews

Educational book for the spiritually inclined: Classic to my mind

I just finished a useful and interesting book translated into the modern English by Clifton Wolters. Edifying reading for the religiously inclined, I commend the book to those with spiritual desires and inclinations.

Copyright by Anglican Nuns, The Sisters of the love of God in 1980, the work titled "A Study of Wisdom: Three Tracts by the Author of The Cloud of Unknowing," is timely reading for anyone of a contemplative interest in God. Fairacres Publications published the very slim book, and I ended reading it with some underlinings. I don't know what this will do for the resale value in used books should I decide to sell it ever, which is doubtful, but here is one quotation from the tract, "The Discerning of Spirits."

"...[C]onsent to good or evil, whichever it is, is always the work of the same soul.
"According to the worth of wretchedness of this consent, so is measured the pain or bliss. If the consentis to evil, then at once, by such association, it takes over the function of the very spirit that suggested it in the first instance. If it is to the good, then at once it has, by grace, the same function as the spirit that first prompted it. For as often as a wholesome thought comes into our minds (for example, chastity, seriousness, rejection of the world, voluntary poverty, patience, humility, love) there can be no doubt but that it is the spirit of God that is speaking to us, either directly or through one of his angels--angels in this life who teach us truth, or angels in glory who are the real instigators and inspirers of goodness."

An educational tract, short, good reading that is worthy of attention.

Peter Menkin--Pentecost, 2007

Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA where he writes poetry. He is an Oblate of Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, CA and that means he is a Camaldoli Benedictine. He is 64 years of age as of 2010.

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