John's Reviews > The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth

The Dark Night of the Soul by Gerald G. May
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Apr 12, 2008

it was ok
Recommended for: mystic wannabes

the first half of the book, twin biographies of st. john of the cross and theresa of avila, is terrible by all accounts. it was an indulgent and unsuccessful attempt to dramatize what should have been a very trite bio of these mystics. that being said, the rest of the book was fairly interesting. the writing itself is not particularly powerful, but the subject matter is: one's experience reading this book will be determined by their capacity for self-discovery and reflection.

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