- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books (Feb 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573222054
- ISBN-13: 978-1573222051
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,888,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
PROS - The first time I read DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL I couldn't understand it, but could tell it contained something worth study. The second time I read it, I began to glimpse that it spoke of something beyond me, but extremely important. The third time I read it, it made my theology feel like that of a preschooler. I finally went to stay in a monastery for a few days so I could be tutored in understanding this book. The next time I read it, it began to make sense. Though it is still over my head, today this is my all time favorite book, no matter who does the translation.
CONS - That being said, translation is very important to understanding this book. John was distinctly Christian. Any attempt to universalize his writings might yield something of value, but of far less value than John intended. Mirabai Starr's translation minimizes Christian references intentionally.
VERDICT - I personally give this and all other translations 5 stars. I am happy to have this translation in my library. However, it lacks some of the punch of others I have studied.