A Hell of Mercy

A Hell of Mercy

A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul

Book - 2009
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n this unflinching look at depression and the human struggle to find hope in its midst, acclaimed author Tim Farrington writes with heartrending honesty of his lifelong struggle with the condition he calls "a hell of mercy." With both wry humor and poignancy, he unravels the profound connection between depression and the spiritual path, the infamous dark night of the soul made popular by mystic John of the Cross. While depression can be a heartbreaking time of isolation and lethargy, it can also provide powerful spiritual insights and healing times of surrender. When doctors prescribe medication, patients are often left feeling as if part of their very selves has been numbed in order to become what some might call "normal." Farrington wrestles with profound questions, such as: When is depression a part of your identity, and when does it hold you back from realizing your potential?

In the tradition of Darkness Visible and An Unquiet Mind, A Hell of Mercy is both a much needed companion for those walking this difficult terrain as well as a guide for anyone who has watched a loved one grapple with this inner emotional darkness.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060825188
0060825189
Branch Call Number: 921 Farri
Characteristics: 117 pages ; 20 cm

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Dec 19, 2010

Boring, disjointed, and with insights that are not original at all

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