In fourteenth-century England an anonymous monk wrote an extraordinary text illuminating the life of contemplative devotion and the drama of the soul ... Show synopsis In fourteenth-century England an anonymous monk wrote an extraordinary text illuminating the life of contemplative devotion and the drama of the soul s union with God. Precariously heretical in its day, it became a classic of Christian mystical thought. Dr. Ira Progoff s brilliant new translation and commentary illustrate The Cloud of Unknowing s ongoing relevance. Dr. Progoff reveals a bridge spanning the perilous abyss between modern psychology s self-conscious analytic thought and the pressing spiritual needs of modern man. Praise for Ira Progoff s The Cloud of Unknowing One of the classic guides to spiritual experience revealing the dynamics of the inner life. The Washington Post [Dr. Progoff s] translation makes a psychological genius come alive. Harry A. Overstreet Astonishingly modern and timely . . . This fourteenth-century mystic speaks to us with a message that is as vital today as it was then. New York Post Translated from archaic to modern English with lucidity and fine comprehension . . . a delightful surprise. The Dayton Journal Herald "