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Dark Night of the Soul | [St. John of the Cross]

Dark Night of the Soul

Part poetic masterpiece, part mystic treatise, The Dark Night of the Soul by 16th century Carmelite monk St. John of the Cross, addresses the feeling of being forgotten by the Presence of the Almighty that every Christian desirous of walking more closely with God must pass through in order to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.
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Part poetic masterpiece, part mystic treatise, The Dark Night of the Soul, by 16th century Carmelite monk St. John of the Cross, addresses the feeling of being forgotten by the Presence of the Almighty that every Christian desirous of walking more closely with God must pass through in order to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

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?"

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    Nomme de Plume Central Coast, CA United States 08-23-10
    Nomme de Plume Central Coast, CA United States 08-23-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Rain for the Thirsty Soul"

    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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Bardstown, KY, United States 05-28-12
    Steve Bardstown, KY, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Guide for Mystical Live"
    Would you listen to Dark Night of the Soul again? Why?

    This book has been my companion for many years, the aduio book now travels with me in the car.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The only characters in this book are God and your soul.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, for this is a book that must be taken in slowly and thought about.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Decatur, TX, USA 11-29-09
    Gary Decatur, TX, USA 11-29-09
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    "Deep"

    Deep stuff, but if you like to think this will do it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    V The World 05-14-12
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    "Care and Feeding of Your Immortal Soul"
    Would you listen to Dark Night of the Soul again? Why?

    Yes. The "understanding" of this esoteric and transcendent work is limitless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Night of the Soul?

    Comparing the Love God gives to the developing Soul to the love a mother gives to its newborn baby.


    What three words best describe Michael Kramer’s performance?

    Reverent. Clear. Restrained.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 10-24-11
    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard read/listen"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Fitts Boston, MA USA 07-13-13
    Alan Fitts Boston, MA USA 07-13-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Not what expected from the description."

    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?

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    Nicholas Poulsbo, WA, United States 02-09-11
    Nicholas Poulsbo, WA, United States 02-09-11
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    "Way out of my League."

    Sorry, I just cannot find anything worthwhile to say about this book. I think possibly St. John spent way to much time in the dungeon by himself.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful
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