• The Dark Night of the Soul

  • A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
  • By: Gerald G. May MD
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A distinguished psychiatrist, spiritual counselor, and best-selling 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 trivialized 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 emphasizes 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.

©2004 Gerald G. May (P)2020 Tantor

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Answered many questions I had

I didn’t know what to expect when I started the book, even when getting to finishing the first chapter I was hesitant on finishing because I wasn’t familiar with the two subjects he wrote about and how I could relate. I’m so very glad that I did because the author writes about the dark night in a way that is applicable to every situation and brings in a new concept that I hadn’t thought of. If you are feeling stuck or grasping at things because you know there is something more I’d highly suggest this book. My soul feels more at peace having just finished it and it helped me to give myself permission to let go and be.

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Enlightening toward enlightenment

This opens John of the Cross and Theresa so much to modern audiences. His insights across a wide body of works invites listening again and deeper reading of the original works.

Performance is very good. I thought I was listening to the author.

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Wow

Unique, profound, insightful, encouraging and informed. I treasure this book deeply. Nuanced and brilliant as only a contemplative psychiatrist could write. This one is gold.

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Contemplative psychologist Gerald May 10 stars

Gerald May approaches the Dark Nights through a lens of contemplation and psychology. Freeing read!

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Totally Different Perspective of God's Love

My review seems rather harsh, but it's not so much harsh as it is a book so deep it is hard to follow and comprehend. The author is writing an interpretation of two people dedicated to God from the 1500s. The 2 people sited in their writings give the sense of where they went in God and darkness but when those same people can't describe it themselves, it's somewhat impossible to understand; especially a narrative of a 3rd party.

What one can take away is instead of looking for an outward, unsympathetic God, you can find a totally passionate and understanding God. It certainly follows everything that Jesus spoke of which is a mystery in itself. But if you don't know the teaching of The Christ, you can't begin to understand this book.

Jesus basically said His mission was to show you can't escape sin or the consequences of a sinful world. For if God's word is true (it is in my opinion), than the earth is Satan's domain and God does not interfere with the pain but His heart is to be in the pain with us. Jesus said constantly, "seek within, there lies the kingdom of heaven. And the fullness of God lives inside, all 3 persons of God".

The conclusion, the author's and mine, you can only find the true heart of God's emotion and vulnerability towards His creation, going through pain. He's found in the center of you, not an outward experience. Hard to grasp, hard to follow, hard to believe and hard to come to grips with. Yet it does make sense if you can match His Word with this book. He didn't promise to calm the storm we are in, He said He'd be there to calm the storm within!

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Phenomenal Book!

Very well written and narrated. I am going to recommend this to several of my friends!

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Excellent

Much to think about about this interpretation of the insights of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. More questions about theology now …

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