Sacred Darkness: Encountering Divine Love in Life's Darkest Places
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Sacred Darkness: Encountering Divine Love in Life's Darkest Places

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Before there was light, God was. In fact, darkness is the medium God worked in to create the world, the universe, and all material things. Certainly, God lives in the warmth of sunlight and within our happiest days--but God also dwells in darkness.

In Sacred Darkness, Paul Coutinho, SJ, examines how many Christians are fearful of dark times and struggles, yet it is often da...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Loyola Press (first published May 1st 2012)
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Bojan Tunguz
The publisher mailed me this book since I’ve already read and reviewed several of their other books and generally really liked them. The title of this short book – “Sacred Darkness” – seemed provocative in a good kind of way. Christians do not generally hold darkness in a high esteem, but I thought that with a skill and theological nuance it could be possible to rethink this concept and appropriate it in a spiritually constructive way. However, to my dismay, this book managed to do the exact opp...more
Appreciating the sacred in the darkness is an important spiritual practice for those of us who have learned to fear, anathemize, and flee the dark. Darkness is as much part of life as light. Darkness should not be equated with evil, but understood as part of the wholeness of creation. Coutinho's take is good, though I yearned for more wrestling and engagement, more lyricism.
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