The dark night aptly describes the situation of those who have had a growing sense of God’s presence, direction, and consolation, and suddenly lose that experience. Aridity, meaninglessness, loss, and pain are hardly the milestones expected in a journey toward God – yet this is a journey toward God. The author brings a unique Quaker perspective to her interpretation of this powerful pathway, and offers sensitive guidance to dark night travelers and those who seek to understand and nurture them.
About the Author(s)
Sandra “Sonnie” Cronk was a spiritual nurturer, teacher, and historian of religions. For ten years, she taught Quaker faith and thought, spiritual life studies, and religious community at Pendle Hill. She also spent time at Woodbrooke, the Friends’ study center in Birmingham, England. In 1990, she became a founding member of the School of the Spirit, a ministry of contemplative prayer and religious study under the auspices of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She was a member of Princeton (NJ) Monthly Meeting. Sonnie died in April of 2000.