Finding Joy in Depression
Author: Amanda Pelser
eBook, 60 pages
I don’t remember exactly when I first came upon Amanda’s blog The Pelser’s but I do remember finding her posts on depression and really liking them. I didn’t have time to read them all at that moment so I bookmarked her site. I eventually got to know her a little better as she “managed” a book club I decided to read along.. Next thing I know, she mentions she’s working on this ebook – I was really excited and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it…so when I found out she wanted reviewers – I was there! 🙂
So, here I am to share my thoughts and opinions of her new ebook Finding Joy in Depression. First, let me share that this is a very down to earth book covering a wide variety of aspects that deal with being a Christian and depression. I would also like to mention this book is written by someone who suffers from a particular type of depression – she is not a doctor nor a psychiatrist, just someone sharing her story with others in hope of helping many (not only those suffering from depression but also those who live with someone with depression).
The book has two sections: the first covers all “the facts” of depression while the second covers things that one might do to “survive” depression, or at least make it more bearable. The first section covers: what is depression, what does it look like, infertility, medication and grief, among others. The second is “Taking Care of You”: finding a counselor, eating right, exercising, starting the day, routines and the such.
Let me just say now – I am someone who suffers from depression, and I am someone who needs medication to help regulate my “brain waves” ~ so I can relate to quite a bit of what is shared…but I also learned some things too. Each chapter is a couple pages and they often end with a couple questions for you to consider, normally allowing space to write if you would like. Each chapter also starts with a quote from either a person or the scriptures…I liked all of these…here is one:
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Good, huh? Love it! 🙂 Especially when you are talking about depression…fits so accurately!
Overall this is a very easy read and not something that will make you feel bad for being someone who suffers from depression – especially a Christian. She talks in a very “conversational tone”…like you are friends sitting down with a cup of coffee…nice and comfy. LOVE IT!
If you suffer from depression, think you might suffer from depression or know someone who does...I highly recommend this ebook…it will help bring different things into better perspective, at least it did for me. If you would like to order a copy, you can click the link on my sidebar (it is an affiliate link…yes, I liked this that much!). Or…
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.