Preface by Henri Nouwen
1 The word and the experience. 2 The way inward. 3 God: being and manifestation. 4 The poverty of God. 5 The second negation. 6 The fdivine love of the creature. 7 The imitation of Christ. 8 The way of purgation. 9 Illumination and union
'Based on a serie of lectures given to the Cistercian monks of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, this book explores the "reality that grabs one from within."...attempts to reestablish for our time the meaning of such timeworn concepts as recollection and contemplation, spiritual poverty and love for the creature, the imitation of Christ and suffering, and passive purgation and illumination.'