The Classics Made Simple: Dark Night of the Soul

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We are proud to introduce TAN Classics Made Simple, a brand-new companion series to our bestselling TAN Classics collection.

TAN Classics Made Simple booklets are designed to give you an orientation course before you embark on an exploration of the great works of Catholic literature found in our bestselling TAN Classics line.

Each full-color booklet covers the highlights of TAN Classics in 32 easy-to-read pages. They are designed to provide you with the vital facts and features about the life of the Saint, including his or her work, call to Holiness, and the events of the time.

The contents of each booklet inlcude: an introduction to the TAN Classic, a Major Events timeline, an Author Biography, a "How to Read a TAN Classic" section, Words to Know, and much more!

Perfect for parishes, schools, or simply a personal introduction to the TAN Classics, these booklets will provide you with a map and compass for navigating the best of Catholic writing!

In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait painted from his own experience of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that St. John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls.

With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood dark night of the soul into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens herself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God's glory.

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2 Reviews

  • 5
    Good summary of actual book.

    Posted by JOHN D. on Dec 15th 2022

    Good summary of actual book. Liked all the pictures and historical timeline. Good incentive to read the actual book.

  • 5
    Classics Made Simple - Dark Night of the Soul

    Posted by Nancy Y. on Sep 13th 2022

    This little booklet was a good review of the message of St. John of the Cross. I especially liked St. A. Liguori;s advice on how to get maximum benefit of Dark Night of the Soul, of which I will follow on next reading - as it is one to return to over and over. Nancy Y.