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The Dark Night of the Soul

A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
  • By Gerald May
A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
  • By Gerald May
$16.99
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Gerald G. May, M.D., one of the great spiritual teachers and writers of our time, argues that much to our detriment, the dark "shadow" side of true spiritual life has been trivialized and neglected. Superficial and naively upbeat spirituality does not heal and enrich the soul; nor does the tendency to relegate deep spiritual growth to mystics and saints. Only the honest, sometimes difficult encounters with what St. John of the Cross describes as "the dark night of the soul" can lead to true spiritual wholeness.

Drawing on the resources of great Christian writings as well as other spiritual traditions, psychiatric theory, and literature, May emphasizes that the "dark night" is not necessarily a time of suffering and despair, but rather an opportunity for transition and transformation. The Dark Night of the Soul embraces the universal spiritual experience of doubt, fear, emptiness, and despair, all of which are ingredients in developing a mature, authentic spiritual life. The dark gives depth, dimension, and fullness to enlightenment.

Gerald May, M.D., (1940-2005) was a psychiatrist and spiritual counselor and Senior Fellow in Contemplative Theology and Psychology at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, MD. He wrote many books and articles blending spirituality and psychology, including Addiction and Grace and The Awakened Heart.

" May] becomes a messenger of hope, reminding readers that every dark night brings the sweet dawn of awakening."

-Publishers Weekly

--Conversations Journal

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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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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780060750558
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780060750558
    • ISBN 10: 0060750553
    • Publication Date: 02/01/2005
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Gerald May
    • Page Count: 216
    • Width: 5.32 inches
    • Height: 0.54 inches
    • Length: 8.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.39 pounds
    • SKU: 9780061895173
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Author: Gerald May
    • ISBN 13: 9780061895173
    • Publication Date: 02/01/2005
    • Format: Electronic Media
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