This collection of poetry and prose was a happy accident. I was working with the author on another of his books (Beating Depression, forthcoming) and he wanted to include some of the poetry he wrote when was struggling with severe depression. He showed me what he had, and it soon became clear that this work was much more substantial than he thought. I mentioned that it could probably stand on its own as a poetry collection and he loved the idea.
The goal of the book is to give the reader an intimate look into the thoughts of a suicidally-depressed Christian leader. Many books have been written about depression, but few have the raw emotional grittiness of this collection. It follows the natural story arc of his depression: it starts out in minor melancholy, but with a few hints of what’s to come. As time goes on, the writings get darker and darker, showing his journey into despair and attempted suicide. Then the writings chronicle his experience in a mental hospital, and things finally turn positive. The last of his poems reflect a much happier state, but still reveal how hard it is to live with such raw emotional wounds and permanent sensitivity just under the surface.
I am honored to be a part of this project, and I think it will give a lot of people a much-needed glimpse into experience of depression. Hopefully this work will help readers understand what they themselves, or people they know, are going through.
This book is currently in pre-production.