Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
After the Darkest Hour

After the Darkest Hour

How Suffering Begins the Journey to Wisdom

Kathleen A. Brehony, Ph.D.

Henry Holt and Co.



In the tradition of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, a book that explains the transformative power of suffering

Most people understand that suffering and sorrow are inevitable parts of every life and that illness, death, or loss of a loved one are universal experiences, not retribution or a symptom of bad luck. But few of us comprehend the ways in which suffering can give rise to growth.
In this sensitive and caring book, Kathleen Brehony describes the experiences of people who have endured life's trials and consequently found deeper spiritual and psychological meaning in their lives. Drawing on a rich selection of mythological and religious stories from many faiths, Berhony provides a historical and cultural context that enriches the meaning of these deeply personal tales.
After the Darkest Hour explores the qualities--psychological, behavioral, and spiritual--of those who have turned periods of pain and suffering into opportunities for growth and renewal. The final chapters offer exercises that will help readers approach the difficult situations they face in a more conscious, enlightened way, as well as specific suggestions for creating personal healing rituals.


Praise for After the Darkest Hour

“[T]his book...succeeds where others might fail in its practicality.” —Booklist

“Kathleen Brehony writes about a...human dynamic that helps us achieve truth and clarity in our lives. It's a must read!” —Robert Urich, actor

“Sure to become a classic treatment of suffering.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Kathleen A. Brehony, Ph.D.

Kathleen Brehony, Ph.D., is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist, personal coach, and public speaker who has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses, workshops, and training sessions. She is the author of Awakening at Midlife and Ordinary Grace. She divides her time between Virginia and California.

Kathleen A. Brehony