The Dark Night of the Soul

A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth

by Gerald G. May

“…every dark night brings the sweet dawn of awakening.”* Distinguished psychiatrist, spiritual counselor, and bestselling author Gerald G. May shows how our most desperate moments are necessary for authentic spiritual growth and vital to our experiencing both freedom and joy.

Praise for The Dark Night of the Soul:

“A succinct, literate, graceful exposition…that provides not only a successful and easily accessible popular introduction…but also a devotional and at times personal testimony that many readers will find inspiring and uplifting. The writing is clear and straightforward.” – America magazine

“May finds solace and guidance in the poetry and process of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. Using insights from these sixteenth Spanish mystics, May traces the process of converting trials into graced events. Never lost in abstraction, May walks with us through the ‘dark night,’ a process of letting go of addictive control, accepting vulnerability and powerlessness, and discovering an unexpected freedom, identity and generosity….This book is a wise and trustworthy guide.” – John Welch, O. Carm., author of Spiritual Pilgrims: Carl Jung and Teresa of Avila

“If only I could make all spiritual seekers read this most excellent book! The journey with God becomes so doable, even for us stumblers and slow learners. Gerald May has taken classic concepts and made them ‘of course!’ for us.” – Richard Rohr, O.F.M., founder, Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

*”[An] excellent offering….[May] becomes a messenger of hope, reminding readers that every dark night brings the sweet dawn of awakening. With its clear writing and strong psychological foundation, this is a relevant resources for readers of all spiritual persuasions.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)