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"I was desperate.... I couldn't turn off the dark thoughts, no matter how hard I tried or how much I prayed.
And then I spent a whole weekend in bed, and the crying wouldn't stop, and I got really scared. I've had bouts with depression before - it's kind of a cloud I've learned to live with - but this time was different. I felt like I was going under, like I'd never feel hopeful again, and then that just made my anxiety worse, and it all spiraled from there."

Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress. 

Fans of Sharon Brown's best-selling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, listeners are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.

©2019 Sharon Garlough Brown (P)2019 Sharon Garlough Brown

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Healing

Loved it, perfectly pictures the grace of God. Many journeys perfectly woven together showing how depression affects those we love, whether they are the suffering ones or the loving family and friends.
A turmoil trapping people inside their own mind.

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Creativity a pathway to life through suffering

This novel brings honesty, the reality of relationship with God over prevalent religious thought. It tells the story of a young woman who suffers with anxiety and depression. The impact on her personally, on her family including the very real issue of co-dependency. Sharon Garlough Brown brings wisdom, depth and shows us a way of walking a healing path without shying away from the harsh realities. Here is real trust, true acceptance, and the profound love of God for each of us

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 15-02-20

I’m still reading but had to say this is good!

I’m only in the first 7 chapters and Wow! Really good. Anyone who knows someone dealing with anxiety or depression and a christian, or for yourself, this is great. Lots of insight. Even pastors should read this and especially parents or grandparents of no matter what age the loved one is should read.

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  • manda33
  • 21-03-22

Right book at just the right time

I am very grateful I came across this book and decided to read it, at first I wasn’t sure if I would be able to read it because I do have a mental illness. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to emotionally handle this book, but I am glad I decided to read it, because this book hit so close to my own life and struggles with my illness and where God fits in. I felt comforted by this story and the way she used scripture and prayers throughout helped me to remember that God hasn’t forgotten me.
Thank you for writing this book. I will definitely be reading this one again.

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  • Rachel
  • 12-03-21

Enjoyable and encouraging book

I loved this book (as well as the Sensible Shoes series by the same author). The book had an engaging story with realistic characters. The author draws you into the story and their lives, feeling their sorrows, joy, confusion, hope. The book includes lots of Scripture quotes and it imparts encouraging, spiritual messages without being preachy. Just a good story. The narrator was also excellent... I would love to hear more books read by her.

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  • Paula J. Thompson
  • 11-03-20

Lovely story and insight

It was a hard read into the life to mental illness, but I feel like I have more empathy through this beautiful story!

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  • 24-01-20

Somewhat Weak

I am a huge Sharon Garlough Brown fan and I loved the Sensible Shoes series. Thus book struck me as a bit sloppy. Some of the character development was a bit weak also. I know Brown is an excellent writer but this book was a stretch for me.

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  • E.
  • 09-04-22

Hope

Characters who are facing hard things are not always enjoyable to hang out with in a story, but Sharon captured the heart break of struggle while weaving in the reality of a truer story—with characters I was delighted to invest hours with. Well done!

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  • Laura
  • 10-02-22

Awesome book

This was such a great story and inspirational look at the inside of mental illness and it’s effects on us all!

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  • 11-01-22

Understanding darkness

What a beautiful look into the life of a woman battling depression and anxiety. This book is a gift and a balm.

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  • Anna Bryant
  • 05-05-21

A book to help you know you’re not alone

There is no better book to help someone understand the struggle of mental health. This book moved me beyond words. Aided in finding the words to say and affirmed that sometimes there are no words.