Dark Night of the Soul

  • by St. John of the Cross
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Part poetic masterpiece, part mystic treatise, The Dark Night of the Soul, by 16th century Carmelite monk St. John of the Cross, addresses the feeling of being forgotten by the Presence of the Almighty that every Christian desirous of walking more closely with God must pass through in order to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.Spiritual persons suffer great trials - by reason - of the fear which they have of being lost on the road, thinking that all spiritual blessing is over for them and that God has abandoned them since they find no help or pleasure in good things. Then they grow weary, and endeavor to concentrate their faculties with some degree of pleasure upon some object of meditation, thinking that, when they are not doing this and yet are conscious of making an effort, they are doing nothing.Perhaps one of the most widely recognized of the mystical writings, St. John's classic Dark Night of the Soul is not only practical theology but a beautiful balm of healing to anyone whose heart has ever echoed the words of Christ, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"

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Rain for the Thirsty Soul

This book has meant more to me than almost anything I've ever "needed" to read. His depth of understanding of the spiritual path of a contemplative disciple of Christ is spot on with my experience and also my painful/joyful journey. When nothing else made sense in my own "dark night", St. John of the Cross spoke to me in the terrible silence of feeling forsaken by God. He is certainly worthy of the title saint, as only a deep lover of God could teach from this depth of knowledge and understanding of the ways of God. I thank God for this saint and this book!
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Guide for Mystical Live

Would you listen to Dark Night of the Soul again? Why?

This book has been my companion for many years, the aduio book now travels with me in the car.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The only characters in this book are God and your soul.


What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings a true understanding of the nature of St. John of the Cross, who can be very hard to read. Mr. Kramer's narration helps the listener to grasp the complex subject without any rush and torrent of words.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, for this is a book that must be taken in slowly and thought about.


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- Steve "Louisville, Kentucky. Seminary Student. Interested in PTSD and Moral Injury as life work."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2008
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com