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Hope for Wholeness: The Spiritual Path to Freedom from Depression [Paperback]

Sharon Fawcett
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Oct. 29 2008 Real Life Stuff for Couples
How could depression ever be a good thing?
It’s risky to look at depression in a positive light. This illness is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It threatens lives, steals hope, and destroys the spirit. But it can also be an opportunity for growth. Through her personal experience, Sharon L. Fawcett reveals how.

Recognize the spiritual roots of depression, learn three powerful spiritual treatments, and discover five purposes of pain. Whether you or a loved one struggles with this illness, there is hope for wholeness.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Book Sets People Free Jan. 31 2009
By Emily
Format:Paperback
According to Statistics Canada, eight per cent of adult Canadians will experience depression at some point in their lives. Yet most of them, particularly if they're Christians, won't seek help for fear of being judged.

Sharon Fawcett's debut book, Hope for Wholeness, stems from a nine-year battle with depression in which the mother of two learned to embrace, and subsequently let go of her disease. As she writes, "I hope you will come to understand that depression is not an enemy trying to rob you of life but rather an opportunity for self-examination and spiritual growth."

Before she could get better, Fawcett says she had to erase the stigma associated with depression--that is, as a character flaw or weakness. "I thought that followers of Christ were supposed to live like walking billboards, advertising perfect, painless lives as the product of a relationship with Christ. I gave all I had to projecting the victorious image, but the truth was that deep inside I was one of the messy ones."

It was only after accepting who she truly was that Fawcett could begin to recover, with God as her helper.

"Many hope depression will pass," she writes. "They hope they'll be able to overcome it on their own by trying harder, thinking happier, praying longer. They hope God will see their suffering and choose to heal them. But hope is not a plan. Hope is important -- it's essential to surviving the illness -- but you need more. You need treatment. You need counsel. You need help."

Within the pages of this book Fawcett painstakingly details every leg of her journey with raw, emotion-filled stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing look at depression Nov. 11 2008
By Candy Arrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Often, when I meet with prospective writers, they tell me a tale of woe, the story of something awful that happened in their lives that they now want to write about. When I met Sharon Fawcett, I immediately knew she was different. Not only was her writing excellent, but here was a woman who fought depression, triumphed, and wasn't still looking over her shoulder at the battlefield. Sharon didn't spend the fifteen-minute appointment telling me about her time in the abyss of depression. Her story centered on the spiritual path upward and out of the pit of despair. Her main desire was, and is, to help others find the way.
Hope for Wholeness is a non-clinical, refreshing, and honest look at the devastation caused by depression. But what sets this book apart is the positive light it sheds on this debilitating condition. In the pages of this book, the depressed, and those who love them, will find encouragement, truth, and most of all, hope.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise Insight From Someone Released From Depression Oct. 20 2008
By W. Terry Whalin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Depression is a chronic problem which can catapult you into the world of the unknown. How do you escape and what if you were stuck in it for years? Author Sharon Fawcett knows the devastating effects of depression first and and for nine years struggled with it. In HOPE FOR WHOLENESS, Sharon combines her personal experiences with solid how-to information, encouragement from the Bible and inspirational stories.

As she writes on page 70, "Depression wounds families. It crushes the spirit, steals joy, and causes confusion. As the family becomes fractured, home is no longer a haven to retreat to for comfort but a wounded place filled with uncertainty and turmoil. Sometimes called silent victims, those who love someone with depression suffer every bit as much as the one with the illness but in different ways."

If you or someone you know is stuck in a vicious cycle of treatment for depression, you need HOPE FOR WHOLENESS. Sharon can show you the spiritual path that she found to freedom. I highly recommend this book and hope millions will use this book find release from the bondage of depression.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Healing Read Sept. 26 2008
By James E. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"In Hope for Wholeness, Sharon L. Fawcett shares a great gift--a true-life story filled with transparency, courage, and, above all, grace This is a real-life journey through the darkness of depression and related disorders, told with a gentleness of spirit and firmness of personal conviction that lifts its eloquent message high above more didactic works on the subject. Fawcett's lean, unsentimental style draws us in, sits us down near a warm fire, and confidingly shares with us the soul-secrets of a true survivor. The most profound kind of healing always comes from those brave enough to return from battle, emotionally undress, and show us their ugly wounds. And by allowing us into this most private of places, Hope for Wholeness reflects the true face of the healing Christ."

James E. Robinson, founder of ProdigalSong Ministries and author of Prodigal Song: A Memoir, Coming Home to a Place Called Hope: A Journey for the Wounded Soul, and The Flower of Grass (a novel).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful May 21 2009
By LMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As someone who has struggled with depression for over half my life, I have read many different books on the subject. I have found that books on depression (with a few exceptions) tend to fall in one of 2 catagories.

First, there are books that deal strictly with the medical aspects of depression. Medication, brain chemistry etc. This is very helpful and necessary, but these books typically don't discuss the spiritual aspect of depression. Even sometimes, if it is a Christian book.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are those books which say that depression is ONLY a spiritual problem. Authors of these types of books typically believe that there is no physiological basis for depression, no Christian should take medication and that faith alone can heal someone with depression. If someone is not healed of depression, it's their own fault. In my opinion, books that take this view do more harm than good. A person with serious depression is already overwhelmed and struggling. These types of books are like kicking someone who is already down.

Fortunately, this book avoids both extremes. Fawcett correctly believes that depression is mental, physical, and spiritual. She doesn't overemphasize any particular one, rather focuses on all three and shows how they contribute to depression and how to treat each aspect. This book focuses on medication and brain chemistry, but also on spiritual aspects of depression as well. I have come to believe that depression is physiological, mental, and spiritual. Anyone who has ever been on medication for depression will tell you that it is not a cure-all. It's not a magic pill. But I strongly believe that a person can be on medication and still have strong faith and trust in God. It can be both/and, not either/or. Depression is an incredibly complex illness, with a variety of causes which can include environmental, situational, and genetic predisposition. This book also refutes some of the common myths about depression and helps the reader understand why a person with depression acts and thinks the way they do. The truth of the matter is that someone who has never experienced serious depression themselves, cannot possible know what it's like. But this book helps pull back the curtain and gives the reader a look into the thoughts, feelings, struggles, and fears of a person with serious depression. Things that can be extremely difficult to put into words, especially to someone who has never struggled with depression.

I highly recommend this book. Both to people who struggle with depression themselves, and also for people who are struggling how to relate to and support and friend or loved one with serious depression. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best books out there on depression. Even though it is written from a Christian perspective, I think even non-believers would benefit from the insights and wisdom of this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly authentic... Sept. 26 2008
By William F. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"In this achingly authentic book, Sharon Fawcett offers the extraordinary and rare gift of vulnerability by telling the deeply personal story of her journey through brokenness to wholeness. Sharon's humble transparency and holy boldness renewed my own hope for wholeness by drawing me back again to the wonder working power of the gospel."
Fil Anderson, author of Running on Empty, Executive Director of Journey Resources.
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