'...A taste for his teaching is a mark of spiritual maturity.' So proclaims the preface, and it seems a reasonable claim. If the seeker after God is willing to leave behind the excitement of conversion, willing to walk when God lets go his hand, willing to surrender self-will to the will of God, then he will know the truth of the Mystical Doctor's teachings, so seminal and oft-referred to that ''dark night of the soul'' has become almost a cliche. But it is a cliche that describes an identity with the experience of most sincere Christians, and should compel us to see how it fits into the larger context of his teaching. This volume gives us The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, The Dark Night, The Spiritual Canticle, and The Living Flame of Love. Preface by Ernest Larkin.
An Eighth Day View:
This volume contains carefully chosen texts that give a picture of the "essential" St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), a Spanish Carmelite. Included are selections from The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, and Spiritual Canticle.