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Dark Night of the Soul [Paperback]

Saint John of the Cross , E. Allison Peers , of St. Teresa Silverio
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1 Jan 1990

This new edition of the Image classic, with more than 100,000 copies sold, brings E. Allison Peers's magnificent translation of St. John of the Cross's masterpiece Dark Night of the Soul to a new generation of readers and will renew the interest of those already familiar with its soaring poetry and timeless truths. The sixteenth-century Carmelite monk St. John of the Cross stands alongside St. Teresa of Avila as the West's best known and most beloved Christian mystic. As Peers writes in the Introduction to his definitive translation of Dark Night of the Soul, "The most sublime of all Spanish mystics, he soars aloft on the wings of Divine love to heights known hardly to any of them... True to the character of his thought, his style is always forceful and energetic."

Dark Night of the Soul follows the soul's journey from a state of abandonment and darkness to a loving union with God. In a voice at once grandiose and melodious, and a style that combines the systematic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas with rapturous poetry, St. John describes the process of moving away from routine religious rituals and embracing a Being who can be known only through love. His words, Peers writes, "are a wonderful illustration of the theological truth that grace, far from destroying nature, ennobles and dignifies it, and of the agreement always found between the natural and the supernatural -- between the principles of sound reason and the sublime manifestations of Divine grace." One of the greatest contributions to the literature of mysticism, Dark Night of the Soul offers support and encouragement to all who seek oneness with God.

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  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; New e. edition (1 Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385029306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385029308
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,429,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A fluid, inviting translation of this important text’ -- Thomas Moore

‘Mirabai Starr’s admirably modernized translation restores to us a classic in all its unflinching candour’ -- Andrew Harvey

‘What a beautiful translation!’ -- Natalie Goldberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A new edition of the classic that has helped people in times of spiritual darkness --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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IN this first song the soul relates the mode and manner she pursued as regards her emotions and sensations, when she set forth from herself and all things, dying with unfeigned mortification to herself and them, so as to attain at last a sweet and pleasant life of love in God; and she says that this going forth from herself and all things, was "In a dark night," whereby she means purgative contemplation, as shall afterwards be said; the which causes in the soul the negation of herself and of everything. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a book you'll want to read twice. 3 Feb 1999
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The first time I attempted this book it was beyond me. After I had experienced a great tragedy in my life, however, I was more in tune with what St. John was talking about. Sometimes God must remove all of our props to get us to love Him, rather than the goodies He can give us. This may even include having to undergo a purging of the senses, and long periods of depression. My prayer to God for a long time has been, "Lord, whatever it takes, make me a man of God". Sometimes I have a hard time dealing with the "whatever it takes" part, but it's well worth it. Find a quiet place alone and read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking in the deepest sense possible 9 April 1999
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this book will take you on an exploration deep into the source of yourself to the not so joyfull aspect of the soul that we know all too well. its effects bring us beyond words to an understnding and sincere fondness for the neccesity of knowing the other aspects of the soul, as we begin to embrace daily sadnesses and griefs as an enriching part of our life. if you are willing your soul will have the experience of a lifetime and your knowledge of self will climb to a new height. .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it when the Spirit leads you to 9 Nov 2006
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This is a classic book - richly descriptive of spiritual realities, and providing sound guidance by a Doctor of the Church. It is probably best to have had an introduction to the spiritual life first, try 'The Introduction to the devout life' by St Francis de Sales; for a contremporary and helpful introduction try Fr Thomas Dubay ' Prayer Primer' and his introduction to St John of the Cross ' The Fire within'.

Just a note - St John would have laughed at the idea that the devil is only your own ego! Or that God is a deeper region of yourself! This book takes seriously the idea of growing closer to a real god who is passionately in love with you, expect to be challenged to change and grow.
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