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Author Patty Mason offers hope to people suffering from depression, a condition that affects an estimated 33-35 million American adults. “It is a crushing illness that pays no attention to age, nationality, gender, social status, or the color of one’s skin. Women especially are at risk; 30% of women are depressed, yet 41% are too embarrassed to seek help.”
Written from her own experience, she describes how by turning to God she was able to be released from her depression and gradually work her way back to freedom from the emotional pain. Mason chose not to use antidepressant medications but urges readers to make responsible decisions and follow the path to healing that is best for them. She also includes a chapter on dealing with others who struggle with depression. Mason is now a public speaker who inspires many to re-examine their spiritual lives and deal with their depression without drugs.
In a clearly written chronology, Mason is painfully honest about her own battle with depression, detailing its origin and the depths of her suffering until she found the treatment that worked for her - turning her life over to Jesus Christ. An important point that she offers is that no matter how oppressing, your pain has purpose; discovering that purpose and moving forward are key to recovery. Mason gives hope to anyone who has dealt with depression in this honest account. Hers is an example of being open about this often misunderstood condition that creates shame and withdrawal in many of its sufferers, preventing them from getting help or allowing others to help with their love and support. This book contains valuable information and inspiration for anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs. She is now devoting her life to a ministry (Liberty in Christ Ministries) dedicated to helping others find the relief and joy she has been able to discover in her own life. No doubt Mason has saved many lives in her work, and helped many more sufferers of depression find a spiritual path to recovery.