Shades of Light
"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...
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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 bestselling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.
Sharon Garlough Brown is a spiritual director and cofounder of Abiding Way Ministries, providing spiritual formation retreats and resources. Her book Sensible Shoes was named one of television personality Kathie Lee Gifford's "favorite things" in March 2013. Sharon earned an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Jack, have served congregations in Scotland, Oklahoma, England, and West Michigan.
- "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 Bestselling Sensible Shoes Series Will Be Delighted To Discover Some Old Friends Along The Way. As Wren Seeks Healing In This Beautifully Written Novel, Readers Are Invited To Move Beyond Pat Answers And Shallow Theology Into An Experience Of Hope And Presence That Illuminates Even The Darkness.
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