#57 – The Cloud of Unknowing (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is a classic work of Christian mysticism and contemplative prayer from the 1300s.  The author is unknown.  I read it once on a kindle but it was incredibly difficult, then I picked up a translation which made it easier.  Though technically written in English, it is that old and confusing Middle English which still…

The Work of God – The Rule of St. Benedict

After the long chapter on humility, Benedict moves on to a series of instructions on the life of a monk in the monastery.  The chapters have titles such as "How Many Psalms are to be Said at the Night Office" and  "How Lauds are to be Said on Weekdays."  A lot of it is certainly…

Classics, Kindles and Tolstoy in 2012!

One of the things that makes me most happy is when my students read a book I suggested.  Upon returning from break a student told me he had finished The Hunger Games (okay, not necessarily the most spiritual books for a campus pastor to suggest).  This same student was reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, the…