'John was a gifted spiritual writer, but writing was not his major occupation. He was active as a superior and founder of monasteries .... Over his lifetime, his formal writing, including correspondence, amounts to no more than a thousand pages. Yet in these relatively few pages a touching record or the mystical life is set forth. John of the Cross means to make God's love available to all who seriously pursue the life of prayer.' -from Emilie Griffin's Introduction Slightly Imperfect.