Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review for Finding Joy in Depression- And a Give Away

Book Review and a Giveaway:  Finding Joy in Depression by Amanda Pelser 

Depression?  On a homeschool blog?  Yes, even on a homeschool blog.  During this past year I kept wondering what people with do when they homeschool. Do they continue?


 I think it's possible.  However the homeschool parent may need to adjust schedules and expectations.  Finding Joy in Depression is certainly a book that could help figure out how to do some of that.

   Amanda is a fellow homeschooling blogger who recently wrote an ebook about depression and I really wanted to hear what she had to say, having dealt with it myself.  I read it all in one sitting.  For me, I think what stood out most was what she wrote about how others react to someone having depression.  Ouch!  Read on for examples of that.  Even if you don’t have depression, but know someone who does, this book will help you understand what’s inside that person.

Amanda wrote the book about her own experience with depression.  She defines depression, gives it symptoms, talks about using medications and how it’s ok to do that.  She shares what can help and what to do with people and circumstances that aren’t helpful.   Examples of people’s reactions when they find out someone has depression that aren’t helpful are

• You brought it on yourself.
• You aren’t trying hard enough.
• You shouldn’t need medication for it.
• You don’t trust God.
• You don’t pray enough.

Not only does does she suggest that you talk to your spouse and or close family member about the situation, but she also suggests finding a mentor.  The mentor can be a counselor or someone who has walked the same walk. 

There was no specific formula for how to find joy in depression.  No twelve steps.  It was inferred.   Joy could be found by reading what she wrote and implementing those strategies that the reader found pertinent.  The book is written in a style that is easy for a person with depression, or who knows someone with depression, to read and understand. 

What I found to be probably best described as a catharsis for me was her openness about her own experience.  Isn’t it good to hear when someone else says they experienced something that you did too- good or bad? 

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the Author in exchange for writing my opinion about the book. 

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  1. This is great! Id really love to win this!

    1. I felt the same way and I entered a contest too before I had my own contest!

  2. I would love to win this! I suffer, and think this would be a great read for me and my spouse!

    1. Tabitha, I'm glad that you picked up on the spouse part. I think Amanda did a really good job of including the spouse if the person with depression has a supportive spouse. I think that if the person doesn't have a supportive spouse, she gave plenty of suggestions for how the person can get help in other ways.