The Dark Night: A Gift of God  -     By: Daniel Schrock
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Herald Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Many Christians enter a period when they feel abandoned by God and experience a dryness in their spiritual lives. Schrock connects the dark night to Christian discipleship and God's mission of creating shalom. He shows how it functions like a second conversion, and argues that the dark night is ultimately a gift from God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 218
Vendor: Herald Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 083619425X
ISBN-13: 9780836194258
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Daniel P. Schrock has been a pastor at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen, Indiana, since 2002 and previously served in urban ministry in Miami, Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio. He also works as a spiritual director and is president of Dan Schrock Spiritual Direction. He holds a doctor of ministry in Christian spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary and a master’s in theology from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has written articles and reviews in many journals and has authored and taught curriculum on Scripture and spiritual direction. Schrock was born in Elkhart, Indiana. He lives in Goshen with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Peter and Nicholas.

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Many Christians enter a “dark night” at some point during their lives, a period when they feel abandoned by God and experience a dryness in their spiritual lives. But even as they live through it, few Christians know what the dark night is or understand what God is trying to accomplish in this unique, life-giving experience.

Daniel P. Schrock demystifies this quite common phenomenon, which is often confused with depression. He roots the dark night experience in Scripture, but also explores how it can express itself in one’s vocation, marriage and family life, and even in the life of a congregation. In his unique approach, Schrock connects the dark night with Christian discipleship and God’s mission of creating shalom. The dark night functions a bit like a second conversion, he writes. It strengthens faith, deepens friendship with God, and propels believers into countercultural mission. The dark night is ultimately a gift from God.

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