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Recognize the spiritual roots of depression, learn three powerful spiritual treatments, and discover four purposes of pain.
It’s risky to look at depression in a positive light. But this illness, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide, can also be an opportunity for growth.
Light and life can be brighter and stronger if the spiritual roots of depression are addressed and resolved. Through her personal story, Sharon Fawcett reveals how.
Discover how to help yourself, find victory in healing and hope, and look at spiritual warfare in a new way.
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One of the best on the role of spirituality in recovering from depression
Modern medicine and health care operate from a Eurocentric biomedical model that often does not take into consideration the whole person in terms of body mind and spirit. "Hope for Wholeness" is a first-person story of Sharon L. Fawcett's journey with depression and her recovery. While acknowledging both the value and limits of medication and other treatments, she looks at the spiritual dynamics of mental illness and healing. No matter the causes of depression and other mental illnesses, authentic spirituality as a source of strength, meaning and purpose in life, is currently one of the hottest subjects in mental health circles. Sharon shares her lived experience of darkness as well as God's grace and tender mercies in her journey of recovery.
Chris Summerville, D.Min., CPRP
Board Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Executive Director, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
Chief Executive Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Canada
Chris Summerville, Mental Health Commission of Canada
2/20/2009 12:57:45 PM
Sharon gives hope!
Thank you Sharon for breaking down stereotypes and stigma associated with this life threatening condition. This book started a journey for me that has allowed God to deal with issues that I previously did not realize contributed to my depression. Thank you Sharon for sharing your story and God's healing to help me and countless others.
1/31/2009 9:15:29 PM
Hope for Wholeness brings encouragement to friends and family of those who battle depression. As someone who has stood on the sidelines watching the ones I love suffer so much, I needed words to give but felt mute in the presence of such pain. Through Sharon's book, I found a resource that enabled me to hear the words that my friends could not express so I would be a better comfort to them. It has also given me a resource that I can confidentally pass on to those who are in need of hope. Thank you, Sharon, for being willing to comfort others with the comfort you yourself received.
1/15/2009 2:52:26 PM
A Great Resource for Those in Need of Hope
HOPE FOR WHOLENESS brings encouragement to friends and family of those who battle depression. As someone who has stood on the sidelines watching the ones I love suffer so much, I needed words to give but felt mute in the presence of such pain. Through Sharon's book, I found a resource that enabled me to hear the words that my friends could not express so I would be a better comfort to them. It has also given me a resource that I can confidently pass on to those who are in need of hope. Thank you, Sharon, for being willing to comfort others with the comfort you yourself received.
1/10/2009 6:29:51 AM
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Hope for Wholeness
This is a personal book in which Sharon Fawcett draws upon her nine year battle with depression. A committed Christian, Sharon fought hard to maintain a façade of a happy, productive and fulfilled follower of Jesus. But then her wall of cards collapsed and she found herself in darkness. She attempted suicide, succumbing to the devil's lies that she was a failure and that her family would be better off without her. After years of years of counseling and stints in mental hospitals, including electrical shock therapy, Fawcett began to include a spiritual component to her treatment. After being involved in a deliverance ministry, her depression ended. But, as she notes, her journey to wholeness was just beginning. (176)
This book is valuable to both those who battle depression as well as to those who are caregivers to the depressed. Fawcett helps remove the stigma of depression from Christians. Too often we believe the lie that depression isn't something a spiritual person should have to deal with or if they're battling depression there is some deep hidden sin that is the reason. Instead, she exposes the strong lies that binds us with fear and shame and destroys our self-worth. She encourages a holistic approach to battling depression, one that addresses body, mind and spirit. She also sees a benefit from depression. It was God's way of forcing her to depend upon him. Referring to the 23rd Psalm, depression was the Shepherd's way of "making her lie in green pastures." (51) The book issues a warning of the dangers of busyness, of thinking or attempting to maintain control.
In addition to drawing upon her own life, Fawcett also includes several vignettes from the lives of others, individuals who overcame great odds and who serve as examples for those struggling with depression. This book is easy to read and Fawcett encourages the reader at the end of each chapter to reflect upon their own lives and to meditate upon the Scriptures.
Jeff Garrison, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, Michigan
12/2/2008 12:15:15 PM