By Tim Farrington
N this unflinching examine melancholy and the human fight to discover desire 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 favored via mystic John of the move. whereas melancholy could be a heartbreaking time of isolation and lethargy, it could additionally supply robust non secular insights and therapeutic instances of quit. whilst medical professionals prescribe drugs, sufferers are usually left feeling as though a part of their very selves has been numbed so as to turn into what a few may perhaps name "normal." Farrington wrestles with profound questions, reminiscent of: while 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 far wanted spouse for these strolling this hard terrain in addition to a advisor for somebody who has watched a friend grapple with this internal emotional darkness.
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Extra info for A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul
Refuse to let anything rob you of it. Whenever you take on anything new, count the cost—not just in money, but in time. Ask yourself, Can I afford this spiritually? ) will require and still have plenty of time to fellowship with the Lord? If the answer is no, then set that project aside. I realize that may mean passing up some things you enjoy. But remember, as a good soldier, your aim is not to please yourself. It's to please the One Who enlisted you. And believe me, when you make sacrifices for Him, He always makes sure you're well rewarded—not only in this age, but in the age to come.
But Paul kept right on marching in victory, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, working miracles and building the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Eventually, Paul was put in prison and in chains. Imagine how terrible the conditions in prison must have been in those days! No doubt, the devil expected that to stop Paul—but it didn't. Instead of lying down and feeling sorry for himself, Paul used his time in prison to write most of the New Testament. Prison didn't even slow him down. Just look at the victorious words Paul wrote when his life on this earth was through: The time of my departure is at hand.
The problem is, by the time we've done what it takes to maintain all the natural things in our lives, we often don't have any time left to maintain the spirit man who lives on the inside of us. Has that happened to you? If so, as a good soldier, there's only one thing for you to do: simplify your life. "But Gloria," you say, "the things I do are important. " Listen, there's nothing more important than spending time with God in prayer and in the Word. The time you spend with Him will not only enable you to succeed in this life, but it will help you build for eternity.
A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul by Tim Farrington