Too often, Christians who find themselves feeling skeptical or melancholy are perplexed, troubled, or even ashamed. In Knowing Darkness Addison Hodges Heart provocatively argues that both skepticism and melancholy are not necessarily detrimental but can actually strengthen and deepen the Christian faith. Citing diverse examples ranging from Ecclesiastes and Job to Mother Theresa and Jack Kerouac, Hart shows how skepticism and sadness can inform faith-and how genuine spiritual friendships can sustain those experiencing dark times. Hart's forthright, engaging reflections will inspire readers to broaden their ideas about belief and thus find a more authentic faith.
Like Gregory, Hart (contributing editor, Touchstone magazine) tackles the darker aspects of individual existence; his book seems in part inspired by Mother Teresa's spiritual despairs. He addresses skepticism and the scriptural tangle of cynicism and doubt that seems to underlie Ecclesiastes and Job, also adding an imaginary dialog on the benefits of spiritual friendship even in the deepest darknesses. He persuades us not to mistake faith for hope or orthodoxy but to take it as itself, lived during times of joy and desolation alike. VERDICT Recommended for the Christian or spiritual seeker comfortable with scripture study. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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