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The Dark Night Of The Soul - Gerald G May

The Dark Night Of The Soul

Paperback Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9780060750558
Number Of Pages: 224

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Now in paperback: a distinguished psychiatrist, spiritual counsellor and bestselling author shows how the dark sides of the spiritual life are a vital ingredient in deep, authentic, healthy spirituality.

Gerald G. May, MD, one of the great spiritual teachers and writers of our time, argues that the dark 'shadow' side of the true spiritual life has been trivialised and neglected to our serious detriment. Superficial and naively upbeat spirituality does not heal and enrich the soul. Nor does the other tendency to relegate deep spiritual growth to only mystics and saints. Only the honest, sometimes difficult encounters with what Christian spirituality has called and described in helpful detail as 'the dark night of the soul' can lead to true spiritual wholeness.

May emphasises that the dark night is not necessarily a time of suffering and near despair, but a time of deep transition, a search for new orientation when things are clouded and full of mystery. The dark gives depth, dimension and fullness to the spiritual life.

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"May's book uses the same title in an attempt to both clarify and amplify St. John of the Cross's original work, and to place it in a modern setting.... A vivid picture of a young man with a deep love for God and brilliant intellect."--Conversations Journal

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Half a Friar: The Story of Teresa and Johnp. 15
We Are Love: The Theology of Teresa and Johnp. 41
A Deeper Longing: The Liberation of Desirep. 63
With a Temple: Meditation and Contemplationp. 103
Three Signs and Three Spirits: The Psychology of the Nightp. 135
The Dark Night Today: Modern Contextsp. 153
Daybreak: The Coming of the Dawnp. 181
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780060750558
ISBN-10: 0060750553
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18

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