There is a post in the thread I found interesting as it may pertain somewhat to the topic of this thread:
Secondly, in terms of the profound mystery of 'Godforsakenness' as a mystical and integral aspect of the higher life in Christ, and the soul's spiritual ascent of Tabor. For more of this deep mystery of 'Godforsakenness,' I can recommend nothing better than the writings of St. Silouan, Elder Sophrony and Fr. Zacharias. Those of Metropolitan Anthony Bloom are also very good. This Mystical Absence of God which Christ endured for us, according to Metro. Anthony, is something that all ascetics must endure at one time or another; and for some they must endure an entire life-time of profound spiritual desertion(s), in order to attain perfection in holy faith and obedience.
I am only reposting it in the event it may add more to the discussion.