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Known as the first book of mysticism to be written in the English language, Hilton's Scale of Perfection describes the ascent of the human soul from sin to perfection. Hilton suggests that all humankind should reform from their sinful souls and embrace a life of ascetic practice, firm faith, and godly contemplation. The reforming of the soul takes time and is only possible ...more
Kindle Edition, 157 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Christian Classics Ethereal Library (first published December 31st 1975)
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May 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Praise God, that is over.

This review is for the kindle version. Don't buy it.

The reviews on Amazon are all lies. They are like 'It's so readable!' 'It wasn't just scanned and input!' It's a lie don't believe it. It's not at all readable. And that is a shame, because there is some good content in this book it's just completely overshadowed by all of the illegibility issues! First and foremost 's' and 'f' are consistently and constantly transposed, even after you figure out the pattern, you can't
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walter Hilton was a 14th century Augustinian theologian, and is famous specifically for this work. Lesser known than the anonymous Cloud of Unknowing, it nevertheless is quite important from both a theological and an historical point of view. Janel Mueller in the preface notes the similarities obvious when Luther and Hilton are juxtaposed. “A century and a quarter after Hilton wrote his Scale of Perfection, another Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, confronted Hilton’s central question of the refo ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a medieval English mystic, this book provides advice to a young nun on humility and growing in the Christian life. It is well-written, but doesn't contain any of the poetry that medieval and Renaissance mystics are often noted for. ...more
Brent T. Johnston
Rich & Deep, a must read

Edifying & thought provoking. As relevant for today as it was when written. This book will certainly prune & bless you!
Good book! Keep in mind it's from the 14th Century. Basic idea is that simple steps of prayer, devotion, and acts can elevate one spiritually. ...more
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Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be read without commentary first. Then wait. Then the coommentary.
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Walter Hilton (b. 1340–45, d. 24 March 1396) was an English Augustinian mystic.

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