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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Aziloth Books (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908388862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908388865
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Founder with St. Teresa of Avila of the Discalced Carmelites, doctor of mystic theology, b. at Hontoveros, Old Castille, 24 June, 1542. Died at Ubeda, Andalusia, 14 December 1591. His many spiritual treatises has caused "Fray John" to be known by some as the father of Christian mysticism. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 20, 2011
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Catholic Church has over the millennia been blessed with countless holy men and women who have enriched her spiritual patrimony with their timeless insights. Saint John of the Cross is one of the giants of this venerable tradition, and "Dark Night of the Soul" is one of his best-known works.

The term "dark night" often refers to spiritual dryness or a crisis in one's religious progress in life. Many saints have experienced such episodes, and for most of them they only lasted for a very short period of time. For some, on the other hand, these experiences lasted for the most of their adult lives. This just goes to show that such experiences are not uncommon, and even some of the most pious and godly individuals may go through them in the course of their lives.

"Dark Night of the Soul" was originally written as a poem while St. John was imprisoned for his efforts to reform the Carmelite order. In subsequent years he elaborated on the verses, and the result is this fascinating little book. It combines beautiful and moving poetry with deep insights into human spiritual and psychological makeup. St. John is considered a mystic, and reading this book can make you see why. The book can be extremely challenging, and it is not to be read casually. However, if you are willing to put the time and an effort into reading it you may find yourself more appreciative of your own spiritual journey and you may acquire necessary tools to help you overcome your own instances of spiritual dryness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 20, 2011
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Catholic Church has over the millennia been blessed with countless holy men and women who have enriched her spiritual patrimony with their timeless insights. Saint John of the Cross is one of the giants of this venerable tradition, and "Dark Night of the Soul" is one of his best-known works.

The term "dark night" often refers to spiritual dryness or a crisis in one's religious progress in life. Many saints have experienced such episodes, and for most of them they only lasted for a very short period of time. For some, on the other hand, these experiences lasted for the most of their adult lives. This just goes to show that such experiences are not uncommon, and even some of the most pious and godly individuals may go through them in the course of their lives.

"Dark Night of the Soul" was originally written as a poem while St. John was imprisoned for his efforts to reform the Carmelite order. In subsequent years he elaborated on the verses, and the result is this fascinating little book. It combines beautiful and moving poetry with deep insights into human spiritual and psychological makeup. St. John is considered a mystic, and reading this book can make you see why. The book can be extremely challenging, and it is not to be read casually. However, if you are willing to put the time and an effort into reading it you may find yourself more appreciative of your own spiritual journey and you may acquire necessary tools to help you overcome your own instances of spiritual dryness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. Tom on January 16, 2013
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This book may be hard for the average person to understand. The english is old with those long run-on sentences. It is taking a while for me to understand the writing style, and then a while to understand what he is saying, but so far so good! I hope this helps someone. It is a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julian Tan on May 3, 2013
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This is a classic for a reason and if anyone who is disciple of Christ, or at least thinks he or she is one should get hold of this book. It was truly a humbling experience for me personally, and I aim to follow Him on a far deeper level. This book is to be cherished for all time!
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