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I’ve written a book! That has been a lifelong dream of mine, and with technology, the dream is easier than ever to realize. But it’s still a lot of work!
I started writing when I was a little girl – journals, stories, poems. I’ve continued through my adult & mom life off and on – sometimes more off than on, as life events took first place in my schedule. After all, your kids are only kids for a little while.
I was so convinced I would be a writer after I became a Christian, that I started a book after I’d been a believer for only about 2 years, with the audacious title of “The Sufficiency of Christ.” I never finished it! I needed some more life experience, and saved life experience, under my belt – and now feel less than ever prepared to write a book like that. Instead, I’ve written a book about living with depression.
I’ve shared about my history of depression on this blog before. I think being transparent about this issue is important in the Christian community because it is a problem that is often ignored. We somehow think that ‘real’ or ‘good’ Christians shouldn’t get depressed. But I became depressed, and I run the risk of encountering the fog of depression again.
So, I set my mind to learn about the disease and how to cope with it. That is the subject of my first book. (Yes, first, because I have lots of ideas for more books!) The book is Rising Above the Fog: A Christian’s Guide to Habits for Healing Depression and covers dozens of behavior changes that depressed believers can implement in their lives to combat – and conquer – depression.
This is not a quick-fix manual. It is a lot of work. It has taken plenty of work in my life to reach the point where I am currently not depressed and believe that if I become depressed again I can have victory over it with God’s help and focused behaviors. It is hard to battle depression, to conquer it, and to stay undepressed when life is full of challenges and disappointments.
Rising Above the Fog | A Sneak Peek into Key Sections
Rising Above the Fog is broken into five key sections, all built around the theme of caring. First, I cover basic mindsets that help a person to have victory. The next several chapters are all about caring: Caring for Your Body; Caring for Your Spirit; Caring for Your Soul and Mind; Caring for Your Relationships; and Caring for Your Surroundings. Scattered throughout are tidbits of my story.
I developed this outline of the book because I wanted to emphasize the importance of self-care in overcoming depression. Self-care is not contrary to Biblical wisdom. It is wise to care for your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), to nurture your spirit which is made alive by God (Ephesians 2:4-5), and to cultivate your relationships because we have been created to be people in relationship with other people (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Each section of the book focuses on behaviors in that area that anyone with depression can put in place in their lives to start on the road to healing and wholeness. Some behaviors are ridiculously easy to suggest – such as ‘make your bed’ – but not necessarily easy for a depressed person to practice. Other behaviors are more involved – such as ‘control your screen time.’ The more involved a habit is, the harder it is to start and follow through. But the more effective it will be also.
Rising Above the Fog | What Now?
Are you depressed, or do you have a tendency towards depression? It isn’t the end of the world, you know. There is hope, there is help. See your doctor, see a counselor, talk to your pastor, your husband, your friends. If you need a guide to habits that will help you toward recovery, consider getting this book.