A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul

Tim Farrington, Author . HarperOne $18.95 (117p) ISBN 978-0-06-082518-8

The size of this little book—an expanded essay—belies its power. Acclaimed novelist Farrington (The Monk Downstairs ) drills deep into his soul to ponder his own lifelong coexistence with depression. It is a meditation: the author lays bare his stream of thoughts, experience, details, a few pretty good jokes and many insights drawn from the consummate spiritual writer on interior darkness, John of the Cross. Farrington is well-read and draws from other writers and artists as well as the Spanish mystic in showing his way through the dark wood. He writes about his slow crawl to regular, functional life with beauty, cleverness, bone-breaking honesty and a deep, hard-won appreciation for the holy. Medications help; faith helps even more, and that costs a lot more than pharmaceuticals ever will. This book may be too unbearable for some who are depressed. For others, it could be a small voice in the darkness and a lifeline for those unsung sufferers living with someone who is depressed. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/15/2008
Release date: 02/01/2009
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