am 4. Juni 2000
St. John was one of the first mystics I read who helped me see that an experiential relationship with the sacred isn't all joy; instead, it can hurt, stretch into periods of barrenness and shadows...which themselves to the patient penitent eventually stand revealed as the wordless Word itself, darkening the mind as bright light darkens the eyes. I wish I could have met the author.
am 5. Januar 2000
I ordered the edition of Dark Night of the Soul listed on Amazon that was published by Kessinger Publications. The quality of the printing was very poor and there was absolutely no credit given to the translator. I will be returning it. I contacted a Carmelite monastry and they vouched for the credibility of the Peers translation listed on Amazon, but also recommended the Collected Works of St. John of the Cross translated by Kavanaugh (also available on Amazon). The collected works is only a few dollars more, so it is a good value. I haven't had the opportunity to read the book yet, so my rating simply reflects the others.
am 3. Februar 1999
The first time I attempted this book it was beyond me. After I had experienced a great tragedy in my life, however, I was more in tune with what St. John was talking about. Sometimes God must remove all of our props to get us to love Him, rather than the goodies He can give us. This may even include having to undergo a purging of the senses, and long periods of depression. My prayer to God for a long time has been, "Lord, whatever it takes, make me a man of God". Sometimes I have a hard time dealing with the "whatever it takes" part, but it's well worth it. Find a quiet place alone and read this book.