Ascent of Mount Carmel

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Ascent of Mount Carmel by St John of the Cross

"St. John of the Cross lived a monastic and ascetic life, believing this was the best way to combat the evils of the world, the flesh, and the Devil, and to focus on God alone. The Ascent of Mount Carmel, which he began composing after his escape from prison, is the story of the loneliness and suffering of the soul before its reunion with God. Included in this volume is not only the relatively brief poem¿only eight stanzas long¿but the poet¿s own stanza-by-stanza, line-by-line, and verse-by-verse deconstruction as well.

Divided into three books (and a grand total of 91 chapters), The Ascent of Mount Carmel also contains footnotes to verses of scripture referred to in the poem.

Spanish mystic and poet ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542¿1591) played a major role in the Catholic Reformation of the 16th century, and produced several renowned writings, including his Spiritual Canticle, The Dark Night of the Soul, and Sayings of Love and Peace."

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ISBN-13: 9781602064942
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.95(d)

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jsmeds More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, it's a little difficult to understand unfortunately unless you are familiar with the language of contemplatives. Even once you're familiar with their language, it's still a little difficult to follow... I think my brain got stretch marks from reading it. I do recommend it though... The Author starts off with the same poem that is found in his highly celebrated work "Dark Night of the Soul" and he then goes on to interpret and expound on the poem, but he does it slightly differently than he did in the "Dark Night", but overall I would say that if you've read one then you've probably read the other... I would have enjoyed it if he had actually gotten to the part where you leave the dark night and enter into divine union, but alas, he never got to that part... My recommendation is that you buy it if it has a really sweet cover... haha!