Light in the Shadows: Emerging from the Darkness of Depression

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"When I became a Christian I assumed that believers did not get depressed," writes popular author and counselor Bill Coleman. "We were expected to smile, serve, get excited, and roll along." The reality was quite another story. He did get depressed, and to this day he continues to fight the symptoms of a mental condition that can be as debilitating as any physical ailment.

If you or someone you love battles chronic depression, this book can help. It is not an ABC book on how to defeat depression. Rather, it is a ...

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Overview

"When I became a Christian I assumed that believers did not get depressed," writes popular author and counselor Bill Coleman. "We were expected to smile, serve, get excited, and roll along." The reality was quite another story. He did get depressed, and to this day he continues to fight the symptoms of a mental condition that can be as debilitating as any physical ailment.

If you or someone you love battles chronic depression, this book can help. It is not an ABC book on how to defeat depression. Rather, it is a book of "connecting," written by someone who has been there. Coleman acknowledges, "I've seen the bottom of the pit and the peak of the mountain; I've traveled every foot of the path between the two."

A Light in the Shadows illuminates the world of the chronically depressed, and offers practical insights on what to do and say--and what not to do and say--to help someone who is spiraling downward. A final chapter, written by the author's wife, will give spouses and other caregivers additional tools for coping during the dark times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569551516
  • Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

For Those Who Understand 7
Part 1 My Journey in the Shadows
The Parent Trap 10
Brown Tennis Shoes 12
The Proverbial Straw 15
God Sent a Nurse 17
How the Spiritual Helps 19
Someone Who Cared 21
Where Did My Childhood Go? 23
Why We Sing Country Blues 25
Deciding to Be Myself 27
My Love Affair With Depression 29
Whose Fault Is It Anyway? 31
It's Hard to Get Close to Others 33
Am I Crazy? 35
Like a Fever 37
Life in a Cave 39
Suicide Notes 41
Lies I Told Myself 43
What Depression Taught Me 45
Part 2 Why Shadows Grow So Long
A Wolf's Ghost 48
A Hole in My Head 50
Troubles Come Naturally 52
The Battle Continues 54
Talking to My Adrenaline 56
Not a Question of Character 58
People and Dandelions 60
Holidays Are Hard 62
Flirting With Perfectionism 64
Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad 66
Dealing With Reality 68
Mental Traps 70
Guilty of Being Me 72
The Seven O'Clock Wall 74
Where the Internet Can Lead 76
The Fear of Thankfulness 78
Where's the Loss? 80
Shutting Down 82
Addicted to Self-Help 84
Change the Pattern 86
Never Owned a Gun 88
Part 3 Heading for the Sunshine
Seasons of Depression 93
Mountains and Valleys 95
Our Parents Did It 97
Jesus Worked It Out 99
Help Will Work 101
Time Zone 103
No Leapfrogging 105
The Flickering Flame 107
Give It a Rest 109
Counseling Takes Courage 111
Discussing the Loss 113
Can Chocolate Heal? 115
Break the Routine 117
Take off the Armor 119
Arguing With Myself 121
Guardian Angels 123
Swinging Over the Cliff 125
Part 4 Sunshine Through the Shadows
Laughing at the Donkey 129
What We Do Have 131
Helping Myself 133
Do I Deserve Better? 135
The Power of Thankfulness 137
Weaving Spider Webs 139
The Price of a Nice TV 141
The Best of Times 143
Sleepless Nights 145
Rubber Snakes 147
In Order to Feel Better 149
Driving for Relief 151
Dealing With Hurt 153
Look at the Benefits 155
A Time to Cry 157
Be Happy 159
Become My Own Friend 161
A Letter to Depression 163
Is That All There Is? 165
Part 5 Helping You Help Me Find the Sunshine
Easy Answers 169
When I'm Afraid to Let It Go 171
How Does It Feel? 173
Who Really Knows? 175
Be Sure and Ask 177
Don't Label Me 179
Please Tell Me This 181
Don't Tell Me That 183
Snap Out of It 185
Conclusion--Pat Coleman 187
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