Dark Night of the Soul: A Masterpiece in the Literature of Mysticism by St. John of the Cross (Google eBook)

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, Mar 15, 2005 - Religion
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This new edition of the Image classic, with more than 100,000 copies sold, brings E. Allison Peers's magnificent translation of St. John of the Cross's masterpiece Dark Night of the Soul to a new generation of readers and will renew the interest of those already familiar with its soaring poetry and timeless truths. The sixteenth-century Carmelite monk St. John of the Cross stands alongside St. Teresa of Avila as the West's best known and most beloved Christian mystic. As Peers writes in the Introduction to his definitive translation of Dark Night of the Soul, "The most sublime of all Spanish mystics, he soars aloft on the wings of Divine love to heights known hardly to any of them... True to the character of his thought, his style is always forceful and energetic."

Dark Night of the Soul follows the soul's journey from a state of abandonment and darkness to a loving union with God. In a voice at once grandiose and melodious, and a style that combines the systematic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas with rapturous poetry, St. John describes the process of moving away from routine religious rituals and embracing a Being who can be known only through love. His words, Peers writes, "are a wonderful illustration of the theological truth that grace, far from destroying nature, ennobles and dignifies it, and of the agreement always found between the natural and the supernatural -- between the principles of sound reason and the sublime manifestations of Divine grace." One of the greatest contributions to the literature of mysticism, Dark Night of the Soul offers support and encouragement to all who seek oneness with God.

  

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Review: Dark Night of the Soul

User Review  - Zacaro Caro - Goodreads

I read this book once before, but I couldn't recall much about it. My wife and I both read a lot, but our book choices are hardly ever the same, so we are trying to read one book a month and talk ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heather Tomlinson - Goodreads

I tried to read this book a few years ago, and got nowhere. I suspect it's a book that you will be able to read at the right time, and not before! The book explores some of the besetting sins that can ... Read full review

Contents

Wherein are set down and explained the last three
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Of other kinds of pain that the soul sullcrs
99
Continues the sainc matter and considers other
116
Explains this purgation fully by a comparison
135
Of other delectable effects which are wrought
149
Chapter X Sets down the second stanza and its exposition
159
Chapter VIII Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise
175
Explains the third line of the second stanza
193
An Outline of the Life of St 0hn of the Cross
209

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About the author (2005)

E. ALLISON PEERS was the translator of many great works of Spanish verse and mysticism.

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