Phew. So busy lately. Can anyone relate? Next week I'm hoping to post another chapter--but it takes a while to get things formatted so you can read it online without going completely blind.
One of the greatest joys involved in writing this book is that I have met some wonderful people and made some new friends. I mentioned earlier that I sent my manuscript to Michael Ballam, who kindly provided an endorsement. He asked if he could forward it to a friend of his, Carrie Wrigley. Carrie is a professional counselor (LCSW) who works with people struggling with depression, pornography addiction, and spiritual anemia--three of the problems for characters in the book.
Carrie was very enthusiastic in her response and even worked out a deal with my publisher whereby she could purchase copies of the book for her clients. Since then, we've corresponded regularly and become friends. Carrie, it turns out, was a theatre major and composes music--so we have similar interests, although in becoming a counselor, she showed that she was responsible enough to get a real job.
Incidentally, Carrie has put together some great online resources for dealing with depression, addiction, marriage problems and so on. Check her site out at: Morning Light Counseling.
Carrie was kind enough to write me an endorsement--which I value greatly, given her professional expertise. Thanks, Carrie!
"Gripping – Powerful – An instant classic – a “can’t-put-it-down” odyssey into the very fiber of the troubled soul - and the process by which it can be healed.
Braden Bell’s book provides a rare and personal glimpse into the heart of the struggling Latter-day Saint. His characters, compassionately and convincingly drawn, include - the depressed housewife, the self-loathing pornography addict, the self-righteous church leader, the lonely misfit. He describes the customized journey of each of these characters - from despair to hope, from alienation to connection, from brokenness to healing.
Often in our culture, we have come to regard emotional healing as a chemical victory, engineered by medical science. Yet, as the book so effectively illustrates, there is a much deeper and more comprehensive healing process available. It transforms the very thoughts, feelings, attitudes, habits, and everyday lifestyles of individuals and families in pain. This healing process is most complete - and most permanent - when it is centered in the simple truths and powers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In an age of so many counterfeit cures and self-appointed experts, Bell’s book is a stunning reminder of the gentle but profound healing power of the “Wonderful Counselor” Isaiah prophesied of (Isaiah 9:6). It bears resplendent testimony that His power to heal continues to be mercifully extended in our day - and that it directly applies to these less tangible but ever-more-common afflictions of the heart, mind, and spirit."
- Carrie Maxwell Wrigley, LCSW – counselor and teacher, “Christ-Centered Healing from Depression and Low Self Worth”
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