A Little Book of Unknowing

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by Jennifer Kavanagh

What if the facts on which we base our lives are shown to be unreliable? What if our expectations are confounded?

What if we let go of those assumptions and expectations?
What if we let go of our familiar, habitual ways of thinking?
What if we let go of the very need to know?

Unknowing is at the centre of spiritual life. It is only by creating a space in which anything can happen that we allow God to speak; only by stepping back that we allow space for that unpredictable Spirit that brings us gifts beyond any of our imaginings.. “God dwells only where man steps back to give him room.”

Christian Alternatives (John Holt Publishing)
73 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-78279-808-8


This little book of unknowing is hugely powerful in its scope, beauty and profound articulation of complex aspects of the spiritual journey of unknowing. The integration of Jennifer’s own experiences with her deep noetic knowing of unknowing threaded through spiritual wisdom from well known spiritual teachers is exquisite. I highly recommend this work to both experienced seekers and beginners – both can learn and grow from such a well of wisdom. Rev Dr Lynne Sedgmore, OBE, ordained Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Director and retreat leader.

An ancient approach to spiritual exploration, rediscovered for the modern age. An important book that will help many people. Rev Simon Small; Chaplain, Abbey House Retreat Centre, Glastonbury,

Such a special, helpful and very much needed book for this uncertain time. Lucinda M. Vardey, editor of The Twelve Degrees of Silence.