The Dark Night of the Soul by Gerald G. May
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.

 

About Gerald G. May

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Gerald G. May, M.D. (1940-2005), practiced medicine and psychiatry for twenty-five years before becoming a senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. He was the author of many books and articles blending spirituality and psychology, including "Addiction and Grace", "Care of Mind/Care of Spirit", "Will and Spirit", and "The Dark Night of the Soul".
 
Published March 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 236 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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"Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again ." These lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel's famous song could be the guiding theme

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"Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again ." These lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel's famous song could be the guiding theme

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