God in the Night

How to Get Through What You Can’t Get Over

Christian - Living
205 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2015
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Author Biography

Conroy Reynolds has a rich and varied background as a Pastor, Administrator, Counselor, Writer, and Educator. He has worked as a Clinical therapist and Pastoral counselor. He has a lifetime of helping persons from all walks of life get through life’s greatest challenges. He is also a Board Certified Mental Health Chaplain and a Marriage and Family therapist. He is currently Assistant Professor and Practicum Coordinator in the Clinical Mental Health program at University of Redlands in Southern California.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Conroy Reynolds writes an excellent example of unrestrained hope in God in the Night. All of us will face adversity, suffering times of darkness. How do we get through when the pain seemingly never ceases? Held within these pages is an in-depth, personal understanding of the quest through the darkness of night. God in the Night walks you through the weeping, pain, and silent isolation of the night into the morning’s dawn of restoration and resolution. The narrative examines the lives of biblical heroes who endured spiritual devastation and rejection. These stories hold spiritual principles that will help you grow through life’s most difficult times. Not only is it a guide for study, but also a source of personal reflection, asking pivotal questions that quicken your soul to respond. After the time of self reflection, Reynolds includes focused prayers regarding personal issues. God in the Night reveals the inspirational truth; “spiritual pain is often the catalyst for spiritual growth.” If we can get beyond the pain, there is so much to gain.

I love reviewing books, especially when they benefit my soul and promote personal growth. God in the Night is one of these rare finds. God in the Night is a treasure chest full of golden nuggets of truth, gems of revelation, silver coated words purified and purged by refining fire, and sparkling penetrating principles that chisel into the hardest of hearts. Reynolds uses metaphors, highlights the symbolism hidden within the Word, and uses clever enticing chapter titles to enlighten the reader’s soul. The figurative language paints vivid pictures of emotional pain. Reynolds’ exceptional writing technique is the glue that binds the pages together. Life is a journey. Our pathway through it has bumps, pot holes, blind corners, no pass zones, detours and stop signs that test our resolve. At times we are lost, traveling in the darkness, beseeching the light to appear and point the way. The night always relinquishes itself to the morning. Moreover, the night is the path we must travel to enter the dawn. God in the Night helps you discover yourself in the midst of your spiritual distress. It encourages you to find the gift that is hidden inside your despair, and that gift is a stronger and wiser you.

Patricia Day

God in the Night: How to Get Through What You Can’t Get Over by Conroy Reynolds PhD contains critical strategies to assist each of us survive when life throws a curve ball. Written in layperson language, the book takes you step-by-step into a world of understanding and managing our responses, rather than allowing any given negative or traumatic situation to control us and our emotions.

Conroy Reynolds explains physical and spiritual ‘night and day’ occurrences that can leave us depleted of energy, as well as depressed and anxious. He reveals the reasons we ‘freeze’ in certain situations, and why we are then unable to see the ‘wood for the trees;’ stealing away our power to resolve the challenge with which we are presented. When life is good, when our life is being lived in the ‘light,' we have a tendency to ignore our inner selves, which naturally leaves us vulnerable and wanting mentally and spiritually when trouble or problems come along.

He gives written exercises that help to target any inner conflicts or dark areas, along with deeply meaningful prayers intended to be cathartic – mentally, spiritually, and emotionally - helping us to move on and live life to the fullest. I loved the exercises. They caused me to reflect and analyze any dark, or night, areas in my psyche; then gave a course of action to overcome or negate them. The prayers are beautifully presented, covering every thought or desire we might have within our hearts, minds, and bodies. A thoroughly evocative book. I found it easy to read and understand, while professional and supportive in its advice.

Ray Simmons

God in the Night is a book on dealing with feelings of grief and depression. The author is Conroy Reynolds, PhD. God in the Night is written in a simple, straightforward style that gets directly to the point. There are many people struggling with overwhelming problems in the modern world so it’s easy to see the need for a book like this. I think someone to talk to, a priest, a therapist, or a wise friend helps most in times of trouble, but sometimes we can’t reach out or for some reason a counselor just isn't available. That is when a book such as God in the Night becomes priceless. And make no mistake, we all go through difficult times. We all occasionally need a source of guidance and strength.

God in the Night is a relatively small book, but it is packed with a lot of wisdom taken straight from the Bible. Conroy takes Bible stories that most of us are familiar with and points out how heroes of the Bible overcame difficult “Nights” in their lives. Night here being a metaphor for guilt, grief, despair, desolation, and depression. Jacob wrestling with the angel, Joseph and the coat of many colors, Ruth and Naomi, and John the Baptist are just a few of the stories explained and used to teach us how to heal ourselves. If you are a Christian, a lot of this will be familiar. If you are not a Christian, it will be refreshing and maybe even lifesaving.