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Dark Night of the Soul (Dover Thrift Editions)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 1999
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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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2008
Beware of this book - the Christian message of St John of the Cross has been removed in this 'paraphrase' - I will not call it a translation. A great Christian book is turned into a New Age book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2014
I wasn't sure whether this book would help me given that it was written so long ago and that I am not a practicing Christian. I'm more a spiritual person really. How wrong I was and how glad I was that I read it. It took a bit of getting used to as the text is hard to understand in places but with a little effort and contemplation, which I consider to be very worthwhile, I came away with a great deal of useful information and really comforting support. I find it amazing that St John of the Cross's Dark Night of the Soul can be so pertinant and so compassionate even though a great deal of time has passed since he wrote this text. I said my thank you's to him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2012
This book has been produced by scanning an older book, then using OCR. In the process all layout and formatting is lost, and the book is riddled with misprints. It is almost unintelligible. The translation they scanned was not particularly good anyway. If you do buy this, you will be deeply disappointed - I know it's only £4 or so but believe me it's not worth anything like as much as that.

If you do buy it, return it at once for a full refund under the Sale of Goods Act - this is a book, intended purpose: to be read, and it's unreadable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2013
still reading it: i find it quite awe inspiriing and only read a bit each night - its all I can handle - there is so much to be grasped in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2014
This is a very interesting book and more. I understand it has helped many people come to terms with their own deep problems. My one criticism is that the author gathers many disparate conditions under dark Nights of the Soul when they have significant differences. lying in a hospital bed will make you feel down but that is hardly a Dark Night which is a spiritual process.
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on 1 March 2014
What can i say about the brilliant author Thomas Moore? I discovered his work in 2005 whilst studying for my Masters degree in Psychotherapy. I was absolutely gob smacked about the way he was able to articulate soul meaning with such depth, creativity and intimacy. I've shared his work with friends who have brought several titles of his work. I myself use Care of the Soul has one of my everyday life's reference.
In respect to Dark Nights of The Soul, it has truly been enlightening to me and has woken up and refreshed my soul! I have to say that I am truly in awe of how deep he is able to reach in and pull out what I can only describe as pure 'genius' nuggets of true life experiences and insights.
Thomas Moore undoubtedly has a natural writing gift and I thank him for giving me more depth and understanding about the way I view myself, others and the world around me. Its been and still is an absolute honour.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 June 2012
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'être, finding your own way, and becoming proud of your individuality.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2014
If you feel like you have lost your way in your prayer life then this book will explain why and show you how to brighten it up and how when you feel that God has abandoned you that it is then that He is closes to you. PEACE
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