Darkness and Dreams: A Spiritual Journey through Separation and Divorce

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A contemplative Christian's introspective journey of self-discovery and transforming encounter with the Ultimate Mystery, while riding the emotional roller coaster of separation and divorce. Divorcing, like dying, is for many a profoundly spiritual experience. The traumas of divorce raise inevitable questions of faith and ultimate meaning. Yet shockingly few of the published books on divorce even acknowledge the spiritual dimensions. Darkness & Dreams helps fill this gap in the literature of divorce and ...
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Overview

A contemplative Christian's introspective journey of self-discovery and transforming encounter with the Ultimate Mystery, while riding the emotional roller coaster of separation and divorce. Divorcing, like dying, is for many a profoundly spiritual experience. The traumas of divorce raise inevitable questions of faith and ultimate meaning. Yet shockingly few of the published books on divorce even acknowledge the spiritual dimensions. Darkness & Dreams helps fill this gap in the literature of divorce and Christian spirituality. It does so, not by answering all the hard questions, but by sharing one contemplative Christian's story with startling candor and vulnerability. Two years before he fell in love with another woman and decided to leave his wife, Stephen Laucik began keeping a private spiritual journal, "listening" to his daily life as a form of prayer. Darkness & Dreams, a highly condensed edition of that journal, is the result. It chronicles Laucik's agonizing process of ending a long, dysfunctional relationship and coming to terms with his decision before God. It is an intensely personal narrative of a universal theme: the death and resurrection of love. For readers facing similar circumstances, the story pays off both psychologically and spiritually. On one level, it validates every emotion men and women normally experience at the ending of one love story and the beginning of another. More important, however, it simply and eloquently testifies to the dogged persistence of that Divine Lover who never leaves, even in our darkest hours. Ultimately, Darkness & Dreams holds up a mirror in which readers can see themselves, their intimate relationships, and their own spiritualjourneys with greater clarity and compassion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595168194
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Praise for Darkness & Dreams v
Epigraph ix
Foreword xiii
Acknowledgements xvii
Introduction: Listening To My Life xxi
Part 1. Feeling The Pain 1
1. The Gift of Tears 3
2. An Essential Emptiness 11
3. Labor Pains 18
4. The Lonely Self 23
5. Consumed With Lust 27
6. Unable To Love 32
7. A Broken Heart 36
8. The Blow Up 41
9. Prayer With Laying On Of Hands 50
Part 2. Leaving Home 55
10. The Great Weeping 57
11. A Note Under The Door 67
12. Dangerous Decisions 71
13. Merely Human After All 82
14. Rejected Selves 86
15. Telling The Children 92
16. Moving Out 97
17. The Last Blast 103
18. Flying At 300 m.p.h. 108
19. Hide And Seek 113
20. A Purple Season 118
21. Living Artfully 123
22. Confession 128
23. Journey To Snowmass 136
Part 3. Stepping Off The Cliff 145
24. The Gifts of Depression 147
25. Unicycling Through The Midlife Crisis 152
26. Legal Action At Last 157
27. I Can't Hear You 162
28. Rage 167
29. Dark Night Journey 173
30. Splitting In Half 181
31. The Edge Of The Cliff 187
32. Telling Secrets 194
33. In The Mother's Arms Again 201
34. A Vow Of Celibacy 211
35. Obituary 217
36. Benediction 223
Notes 225
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