Armed with Saint John of the Cross' mystical treatise The Dark Night of the Soul
and the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
, writer Tim Farrington decided to confront the beast of depression that was eating him alive. A Hell of Mercy
is an unsoppy meditation by a man who—though marginally devout—came to rely on the 16th-century saint's humble and hard-nosed spirituality (a dose of Effexor didn't hurt, either). Laced with wry jokes and anecdotes, like the most accessible teachings, this volume is a healing gift.
— Cathleen Medwick