Spiritual persons suffer great trials - by reason - of the fear which they have of being lost on the road, thinking that all spiritual blessing is over for them and that God has abandoned them since they find no help or pleasure in good things. Then they grow weary, and endeavor to concentrate their faculties with some degree of pleasure upon some object of meditation, thinking that, when they are not doing this and yet are conscious of making an effort, they are doing nothing.
Perhaps one of the most widely recognized of the mystical writings, St. John's classic Dark Night of the Soul is not only practical theology but a beautiful balm of healing to anyone whose heart has ever echoed the words of Christ, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
This book has meant more to me than almost anything I've ever "needed" to read. His depth of understanding of the spiritual path of a contemplative disciple of Christ is spot on with my experience and also my painful/joyful journey. When nothing else made sense in my own "dark night", St. John of the Cross spoke to me in the terrible silence of feeling forsaken by God. He is certainly worthy of the title saint, as only a deep lover of God could teach from this depth of knowledge and understanding of the ways of God. I thank God for this saint and this book!
This book has been my companion for many years, the aduio book now travels with me in the car.
The only characters in this book are God and your soul.
He brings a true understanding of the nature of St. John of the Cross, who can be very hard to read. Mr. Kramer's narration helps the listener to grasp the complex subject without any rush and torrent of words.
No, for this is a book that must be taken in slowly and thought about.
I have never read this poem/book and was really looking forward to hearing it. Alas, it is mired with endless analysis and religious jargon from a very lackluster British voice. I do not know if i even got to the actual poem after 1 hr. or is the whole thing just one big introduction?
Even as a pastor I found this book hard to listen to. I've had to start chapters over numerous times because the author is so boring I begin to day dream and miss a lot of the information.
Yes. The "understanding" of this esoteric and transcendent work is limitless.
Comparing the Love God gives to the developing Soul to the love a mother gives to its newborn baby.
Reverent. Clear. Restrained.
I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I'm glad I read/listened to it. If you're Christian, it's a good way to measure where you are on your journey.
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