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Dark Nights Of The Soul: A guide to finding your way through life's ordeals [Paperback]

Thomas Moore
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26 Aug 2004
A 'dark night of the soul' is not a psychological syndrome, but a quest for meaning during life's darkest hours: the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, aging and illness, career disappointments or just an ongoing dissatisfaction with life. Thomas Moore's extensive experience as a psychologist and theologian has taught him that the dark night is a challenge to restore ourselves and to become someone of substance, depth and soul. By using these trying times as an opportunity to reflect and delve into the soul's deepest needs, we can find a new understanding of life's meaning. Dark Nights of the Soul has its roots in a favourite chapter in Thomas Moore's million copy bestseller, Care of the Soul. In this beautifully-written and thought-provoking work he explores our contemporary anxieties and insecurities and shows how these metaphoric dark nights can become transforming rites of passage. 'I soulfully recommend it without reservation.' John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (26 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749925574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749925574
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Moore's Dark Nights is becoming a classic in its own right (Kindred Spirit)

I soulfully recommend it without reservation (John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Thomas Moore explores contemporary anxieties and securities to guide you through life's ordeals. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A light in the darkness..... 18 May 2010
I'm a 23 year old who suffers bouts of deep depression - sometimes it feels like there is no way out. I was in therapy all of last year and finished a month ago. This was one of the books that came highly recommended by my therapist, so I thought I'd give it a go. When you feel depressed, it's hard to convince yourself that a book can help you - it's almost a pride thing - "Pffft - no one can help me, no one understands, so what good is a book going to do"!

However, this was just what I needed at that time, and it really opened my eyes to my condition. It comforted me and made me feel normal again - and although it didn't "cure me", it definitely put the wheels of recovery in motion.

Everyone will be able to find a section of the book that is relevant to them - I was a depressed, alcoholic musician that lacked faith in my own musical ability, and at the same time thought I was an undiscovered genius. Yes - there was an even a section about that specifically!!!

There are a lot of self help books out there that promise to rid you of depression forever, but I personally don't think they are helpful or realstic. This is a very spiritual and philosophical approach that will guide you through those dark nights of the soul, and teach you the tools to help deal with your condition.

This book really did change my life. It helped me to stop looking for happiness in all the wrong places, and whenever I'm having a bad spell this book is always within reach to help me out the other side.

PS - I'm aware this review makes me sound like a hippy who sells incense on street corners. Just wanted to let you know that I'm not!
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Read This!!! 26 Dec 2004
This book says it all. Thomas Moore's sensitivity, perception, humility and depth makes this work the most magical piece of literature! He explains life's entirety! His views about how to care for those dark times and heaviness that many of us experience are so insightful! Instead of being scared of the dark and running away from the shadows (and then trying to cure this "condition", something which most of us have been taught to do in society these days) he embraces them and shows us where the magic, myth and the deepest, most transforming spiritual energy hides: in the darkest abyss of nothingness. Definitely read this one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment out of understanding the dark 22 Aug 2012
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This book is truly enlightening. As a therapist for more than 20 years and being an eternal optimist, this has answered so many questions and enabled me to help others to an even higher degree. I had studied Jung extensively and embraced and taught the shadow side but Thomas Moore has an incredibly elegant way of introducing and actually almost seducing you to be brave enough to enter this level of understanding that is liberating. This book is now in my top ten best reads ever - and my library is very extensive!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically useful and comforting 12 Nov 2006
I found this book thoughtful, wide-ranging, well written and extremely useful when I first read it. Although I generally don't read this type of book in one go, I made an exception! I have returned to it often since and it always helps me gain perspective. Definitely worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and valuable 29 Jun 2012
By A. Gothorp VINE VOICE
This is not a book on depression. Sure it touches on the subject, but more than that it leads you to think deeply about your moods and value your darker thoughts. Moore suggests that we may choose to embrace the dark side, as it can give us greater perspective and make us a deeper more thoughtful and interesting person.
Moore presents a persuasive argument for trying to be more creative and using the arts or writing to express your feelings. He cites numerous examples of how truly memorable art has come from the minds of troubled souls. I particularly liked the sections dealing with anger, I thought the insights offered here were very perceptive and useful.
But wait, wait until Thomas Moore describes the incident with his grandfather, and read what follows. Suddenly his prose becomes more poetic, his descriptions succinct and his mixed feelings of pain and beauty shine through. Here Moore is truly in touch with a darkness in his own soul and I began to understand and connect with the author.
The book got even better towards the end. I loved the concepts of scintilla and numinosity, and these ideas encourage me to read more on philosophy. In all an unusual book - that tries to stop you becoming a clone and following the masses, but instead thinking more of your own Raison d'Ítre, finding your own way, and becoming proud of your individuality.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Night of the Soul 30 April 2011
By Lorna
I bought this book recently to help me as I was experiencing some
of what I describe as dark periods. Have experienced them before
but wanted to understand more of what they meant. I found Thomas
Moore's writings honest, thoughful, helpful and insightful. I
believe he has a wealth of experience and understanding of the
human condition which we all live through. I have three of his books
and would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to honestly explore,
understand and to help themselves through their own personal life's journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 May 2014
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This is an accessible and compassionate book. It offer a view of honouring the crises within the human experience as part of a soul journey rather than pathologising. It changed my perspective completely and is a book I will return to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life saver!
This book is a life saver! I've been struggling with depression/anxiety and it has held my thoughts securely when I go to bed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lou Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Darks Nights of The Soul
What can i say about the brilliant author Thomas Moore? I discovered his work in 2005 whilst studying for my Masters degree in Psychotherapy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ninjah
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view
I like how this book has opened-up my perception about painful things. It's worth it to just get you to open up your view of things rather than stay stuck in victim... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem
This is the first book I read by T. Moore

T.M shows in a compassionate way how to embrace
Our dark moments however long they are
In order to find a meaning... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gregorio
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Only just started to read this book after it being reccomended to me .Belive now it will help me through lifes up,s and downs.
Published 14 months ago by DANIEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
fantastic book well worth reading. Written very well and makes difficult ideas very accessible. I would recommend it to any of my friends.
Published 18 months ago by Mr Karl Warner
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very interesting book with an unusual angle in depression using myth and metaphor. Has some spiritual ideas on how to deal with depression and anger.
Published 18 months ago by Coffeebix
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