The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth

Saints such as the 16th-century Carmelites Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross have become guardians of others across time—certainly so for the American psychiatrist Gerald May, who takes to heart their remarks and their manner of engaging a religion they dared regard with unstinting attention and with the blunt honesty love can prompt. May’s book is a thankful acknowledgment of assistance received; it beckons readers to connect in mind, heart and soul with these two writer-saints.

 

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