God in the Dark: Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life

God in the Dark: Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life

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ISBN-13: 9780814633519
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Susan Pitchford is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Washington and a professed member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis. She is the author of God in the Dark: Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life (Liturgical Press) and Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, Bob Crutchfield.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Alan Jones xii

Preface xv

Chapter 1 The Two Faces of Passion 1

Part I Desire

Chapter 2 The Good News, Part Two 15

Chapter 3 Pyrophobia: In Fear of the Flame 25

Chapter 4 The Beguines: A Spooky Sisterhood 43

Chapter 5 Postmodern Passion: The Many Vocabularies of Desire 62

Part II Suffering

Chapter 6 The Problem of Evil and the Problem of Ease 87

Chapter 7 Seeing in the Dark: A Little Journal of Unheroic Suffering 98

Chapter 8 Midnight in the Desert 117

Part III Union

Chapter 9 Coming Home: Desire Fulfilled 147

Chapter 10 Transfiguration 166

Notes 166

Index 191

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