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The Soul Grows in Darkness

Born nearly deaf in a Chicago ghetto, Loren contends with poverty, drugs, prejudice, and terrifying violence. This murky landscape initiates his lifelong search for love, God, and truth.Answers to his insatiable curiosity about life, death, and war are rare, but dreams and inner dialogues pose provocative questions that guide his journey.Are memories, dreams, and unconscious promptings only opiates of a mind desperately coping with a chaotic, hopeless world? Or do they contain one's truth?The conclusion of this poignant search is astonishing."Poignant, funny, tragic, and uplifting, Loren Pedersen's new book will be many things to many readers: compelling true-life story, inspirational and cautionary tale, psychological self-help manual, and a chronicle of the second half of the tumultuous twentieth century. Readers will be immensely entertained by the vivid story here of Dr. Pedersen's life, through which they will discover illumination of their own." Mark SpencerAuthor of the novels Love and Reruns in Adams County and The Weary Motel.Winner of The Faulkner Society Faulkner Award for Fiction, and of the Omaha Prize for the Novel"Loren Pedersen's latest book, The Soul Grows in Darkness, is not only his own remarkable story of surviving a life of profound adversity, but a hopeful and inspiring challenge to readers to discover psychological and spiritual meaning in their own suffering by finding love and God within themselves. A courageous book by a courageous man."-Richard Carlson, Ph.D.Best-selling author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and it's all small stuff.