The Dark Night of the Soul begins with a brief introduction by the translator, briefly recapping The Ascent of Mount Carmel. Then the prologue takes us back to the poem “On a Dark Night”, before we launch into the explanation of the stanzas which are the basis for both books.
The Ascent of Mount Carmel ends, with a discussion of people who fixate on made-up ceremonies or get too hung up on particular prayers; then the third book breaks off after some brief comments on preachers.
However, the explanation of the soul’s journey continues in the final two books, usually called The Dark Night of the Soul. Please stick with us till the real end!