In The Way of Simplicity Esther de Waal reveals the riches of the Cistercian (Trappist) tradition and its relevance for today's world. The book draws on twelfth-century writers such as Bernard of Clairvaux and Aelred of Rievaulx, but also on more contemporary Cistercians including Thomas Merton. Their writings revolve around matters concerning the true self, growth, integration, friendship, the love of God, and the life of prayer. Anyone wishing to explore Cistercian spirituality will find this book an illuminating and practical guide. Paperback.