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The Dark Night of the Soul : A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth - Gerald G. May

The Dark Night of the Soul

A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth

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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."

1. Half a Friar: The Story of Teresa and John -- 2. We are Love: The Theology of Teresa and John -- 3. A Deeper Longing: The Liberation of Desire -- 4. With a Temple: Meditation and Contemplation -- 5. Three Signs and Three Spirits: The Psychology of the Night -- 6. The Dark Night Today: Modern Contexts -- 7. Daybreak: The Coming of the Dawn.

ISBN: 9780061895173
ISBN-10: 0061895172
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31st March 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia