"Simon D. Podmore fills a scholarly lacuna with this detailed and well documented study of Kierkegaard's attempt to revive and refine the virtually forgotten but vital concept of spiritual trial. ... Podmore gives eloquent voice to the silent, secret struggle of the human spirit both with and against God and itself. ... In line with Kierkegaard's vision, Podmore also points intriguingly toward a contemporary theology of spiritual trial based on the notion of a kenosis-in-ekstasis or self-emptying in love and desire to be with and for others, making his work 'must reading' not only for Kierkegaardians but also for theologians, pastors, and other spiritually concerned individuals."
Professor Sylvia Walsh-Perkins, Scholar in Residence at Stetson University
"Podmore offers a groundbreaking development in Kierkegaard Studies that shores up the constructive and inter-confessional work that can be done with the theological aspects of Kierkegaard's writings ... Podmore rightly argues that in solidarity, Kierkegaard offers his theology of spiritual trial as a hope filled consolation to those who are otherwise tempted to despair."
Joshua Furnal, in Reviews in Religion & Theology, Vol 21, Issue 4,