By Tim Farrington
N this unflinching examine melancholy and the human fight to discover wish in its midst, acclaimed writer Tim Farrington writes with heartrending honesty of his lifelong fight with the situation he calls "a hell of mercy." With either wry humor and poignancy, he unravels the profound connection among melancholy and the non secular direction, the notorious darkish evening of the soul made favored by means of mystic John of the pass. whereas melancholy could be a heartbreaking time of isolation and lethargy, it could possibly additionally supply strong non secular insights and therapeutic instances of hand over. while medical professionals prescribe medicine, sufferers are usually left feeling as though a part of their very selves has been numbed so one can turn into what a few may name "normal." Farrington wrestles with profound questions, equivalent to: whilst is melancholy part of your identification, and while does it carry you again from understanding your potential?
In the culture of Darkness Visible and An Unquiet Mind, A Hell of Mercy is either a miles wanted significant other for these jogging this hard terrain in addition to a consultant for an individual who has watched a friend grapple with this internal emotional darkness.
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A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul by Tim Farrington