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 course, the notorious darkish evening of the soul made preferred by means of mystic John of the move. whereas melancholy could be a heartbreaking time of isolation and lethargy, it might probably additionally offer strong religious insights and therapeutic occasions of hand over. whilst medical professionals prescribe drugs, sufferers are usually left feeling as though a part of their very selves has been numbed that allows you to turn into what a few may name "normal." Farrington wrestles with profound questions, akin to: while is melancholy part of your identification, and while does it carry you again from figuring out your potential?
In the culture of Darkness Visible and An Unquiet Mind, A Hell of Mercy is either a miles wanted better half for these strolling this tough terrain in addition to a advisor for a person who has watched a family member 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