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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Moore Narrator: Thomas Moore Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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Every human journey is filled with emotional tunnels: the loss of a loved one or end of a relationship, aging and illness, career disappointments, or just an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with life. Society tends to view these dark nights in clinical terms as obstacles to be overcome as quickly as possible. But Thomas Moore's extensive career as a psychologist and theologian has taught him that honoring these periods of fragility as periods of incubation and opportunities to delve the soul's deepest needs can provide healing and a new understanding of life's meaning.

Dark Nights of the Soul presents these metaphoric dark nights not as the enemy, but as times of transition, occasions to restore yourself, and transforming rites of passage. Moore shows specific ways to engage life more deeply through particular challenges and shares a powerful new outlook on such topics as:

  • The healing power of melancholy
  • The sexual dark night and the mysteries of matrimony
  • Finding solace during illness and in aging
  • Anxiety, anger, and temporary insanities
  • Linking creativity, spirituality, and emotional struggles
  • Finding meaning and beauty in the darkness

    With the soothing, accessible tone and practical philosophy that have made Moore an internationally beloved author, Dark Nights of the Soul will help you tend to the deepest needs of the heart and spirit in a modern world full of life's challenges, and is sure to be a comforting companion during your most difficult times. Download and start listening now!

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    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 2/19/2014

      " This can be a scary book. If you're feeling down, it's pretty heavy, but it will give you the solace of knowing you are not alone. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/9/2014

      " I sometimes had trouble with his writing. I can't say it isn't clear, exactly, but it doesn't always feel part of an organized whole, and doesn't always feel like it flows reasonably from one topic to another. That said, I found his insights very helpful, occasionally profound. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/29/2014

      " Jungian psychology seems to be as complex and deep as life itself. I turn to Thomas Moore when a simple healthy/unhealthy dichotomy won't do. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Cain | 1/8/2014

      " One of my favorite books by Thomas Moore. I believe he really delved deep into his subject here, instead of dancing around it. I have this on my shelf to re-read when needed. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 12/26/2013

      " I just finished reading this interesting book. The author presents the idea that rather than avoiding our "dark nights" we should spend some time there and learn the lessons that they bring. I have often wondered why some experience more dark nights and as a therapist I want to get them out as quickly as possible. This book brings a different perspective on the dark nights, one of acceptance. Not a place where we need to hang out to be punished but a place where we can truly learn about our souls. There are several connections made to mythology and I attempted to see these as symbolic represenations of how this could work. If you've experienced dark nights, you are still haunted by them, or you really do believe in oppositions in all things, you may enjoy this book. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 12/21/2013

      " Wonderfully different perspective on depression, bordom, change, the human condition...maybe these things aren't bad but rather are signs to do or be different. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haverly | 12/20/2013

      " This book had a huge impact on me. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djenn Kenaz | 7/25/2013

      " This book, literally, fell at my feet while taking a break from a driving hiatus during a trip I'd made to Cincinnati. It was SO healing to read--you really can't take anything that Mr. Moore says as a "light read", but if you're having a ROUGH time and wonder what is "up"--give this book a look. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dallas | 8/24/2012

      " A great book, I like to reread it! "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam | 8/5/2010

      " This book helped me through a really hard time in my life, I would recommend it to anyone that isn't ready to just pretend everything is okay, but to really learn and live an experience "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Richmond | 7/21/2010

      " A bit heavy on the spiritual elements and somewhat repetitive but interesting - Chapter 8 especially resonates with me right now. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 11/11/2009

      " I enjoyed this book so much. We pay too little attention to our souls in this country. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 6/26/2009

      " I find the awareness of Saturn and the other descriptive mythology fascinating and very helpful as I survived my own second Saturn Return. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/17/2008

      " This is the first book I read after splitting up with my unfaithful husband. It was soothing in a very profound way. The idea of the necessity of the "dark nights" as a catalyst for growth and evolution made me, for one feel just a little bit better "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 7/8/2007

      " In very hard times, this book will become your bedside companion. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 5/20/2006

      " We each have times when life seems bleak and almost unworthy of continuing. Thomas Moore puts this into great perspective and helps one to go on. This book has saved me more than once. "

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    About the Author

    Thomas Moore is the author of more than ten books, including Care of the Soul, which spent forty-six weeks on the bestseller list. He is a leading writer and lecturer throughout North America and Europe on archetypal psychology, mythology, and imagination. He lived as a Catholic monk for twelve years and has degrees in theology, musicology, and philosophy.