40 Days to Better Living: Depression   -     By: Scott Morris
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Barbour Books / 2011 / Paperback

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Are you dealing with depression? You can think, feel, and live better! Filled with biblical encouragement, practical advice, and personal stories, this inspiring resource offers a 7-step plan to help you manage stressors, get moving, work with your doctor, enjoy family and friends, eat a healthy diet, connect with God, and more. 176 pages, softcover

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.25 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1616262664
ISBN-13: 9781616262662
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Series: 40 Days to Better Living

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Depression is a serious condition—and 40 Days to Better Living: Depression provides clear, manageable steps for you to manage it, through life-changing attitudes and actions. If you’re ready to really live better, select one or more elements of the 7-step Model for Healthy Living—Faith, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Family and Friends, and Nutrition—and follow the 40-day plan to improve your life, just a bit, day by day. With plenty of practical advice, biblical encouragement, and stories of real people who’ve taken the same journey, this book—from the Church Health Center in Memphis, the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the U.S.—may be the most important book you read this year!

Author Bio

Dr. Scott Morris is a family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister who founded the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The center, formed in 1987 to provide quality healthcare for working, uninsured people, has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the United States.

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I loved how this book 'gets' it. It's a non-judgmental resource to help Christians work through their depression before it leads to despair. It can help you to remember: that God still loves you, that there are actual people around that will support you, the things in your life to be thankful for, what God says about depression, and how to take control once again. If you or a friend is currently struggling, please, grab this resource for them today.

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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Overcoming Depression Guide
    December 3, 2011
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dr. Scott Morris introduces us to another of his helpful guides, 40 Days to Better Living: Depression. Using the testimonies from six people suffering depression for different reasons, he shows how each was able to improve their depression through faith and Scripture, medical help, exercising, work schedules, working on your emotions, nutrition, and the help of family and friends.

    Each step is vital to the betterment of your whole self through life-changing attitudes and actions on your part. You will learn how to manage negative stress, work with your doctor, enjoy life and family, and connect to God. It's the small changes that make a difference in your overall health and well-being.

    The book itself is well laid out, with encouraging photos. Dr. Morris talks on some of the following topics:

    Beginning the Journey

    Acknowledging our Feelings

    Finding Balance

    Isolation

    Forms of Rest

    Asking for Help

    Experiencing Setbacks

    Reviving our Spirit

    Hope and Energy

    Looking Ahead

    Scriptural Encouragement and Direction

    This book encourages us to look forward to health and well-being. There are others who have suffered and gotten well. There is hope demonstrated in this book.

    This book was provided by Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group, Inc., in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Simple steps to better health
    November 16, 2011
    i blog 4 books
    This little Reader's Digest sized book really packs a punch. Highlighting the 7-step Model for Healthy Living, the Church Health Center provides a balanced way at looking at personal health. This edition focuses on depression. Other issues focus (or will focus) on hypertension, weight management, diabetes, aging, among others.

    The book consists of six weeks worth of daily lessons. Each week features a story of a real person struggling with depression. Each day features a morning reflection, questions to think through about faith, medical, movement, work, family and friends, nutritional, and emotions, and an evening wrap-up. Each day's "lesson" is around four pages in length.

    I appreciated the balanced view of health. Health is not just about what we eat and how much exercise we get. It's so much more than that, and this book does a great job of helping you explore all aspects of having a healthy lifestyle. The questions are all fairly simple and easy, so one day's exercise could take as much or as little time as you wanted to put into it. I also liked how each day was just one step more on the journey to good health ... a few stretches, starting a journal, drinking water, etc. All were simple and easy steps and totally manageable because you were doing them one at a time. It seems that a lot of "health" resources encourage setting really huge goals (running a marathon or losing 50 pounds or being vegetarian or whatever) which seem so unattainable and impossible. This "plan" actually seems feasible. Overall, I feel like I have a few new tools to help me combat the winter doldrums and look forward to several future titles in this series.

    *NOTE: If you are struggling with depression, I recommend this resource, but I would also highly encourage you to find a trusted friend, family member, pastor, counselor and talk with them about your struggles. Don't try to deal with this alone!

    I received a free copy from the publisher and The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  3. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Guidelines to Better Living-Overcoming Depression
    November 14, 2011
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Depression" is another of the helpful topics introduced in the "40 Days to Better Living Series" published by the Church Health Center of Memphis. The book provides practical, manageable tips to alter your attitudes and actions.

    The individual chapters include suggestions for practical action steps in areas of faith, health, exercise, work, emotions, relationships, and nutrition. Each day of this 40 day program is centered around a true story from the lives of six individuals who have conquered depression through focusing on one day at a time, on managing their feelings, and assimilating the suggestions offered by the Health Center team as a model for healthy living.

    I identified with Greg's story and with his issues of depression related to diabetes and high blood pressure. Following the suggestions of the Health Center counselors helped Greg incorporate a plan using exercise and nutrition in his focus. By adapting the suggestions throughout this 40 day regimen I too am taking steps to help me monitor my progress and lift my spirit.

    The inspiration and encouragement from the "Morning Reflections" and the "Evening Wrap Ups" are especially helpful as motivators in my pursuit of growth and consistency in my personal physical, emotional, and spiritual life journey.

    Whether your depression is the result of the loss of a job, broken relationships, grief, disease, or childhood trauma you will find life-changing help from this compact guide to overcoming "Depression."

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    journey to optimum health
    November 10, 2011
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dr. Morris arrived in Memphis in 1986. Wanting to provide health care for the poor, he opened the Church Health Center. Its mission is healing the whole person, body and spirit. Dr. Morris realized that many illnesses could be prevented or at least controlled. The Center has developed material to provide opportunities to improve health for optimal wellness.

    This book is a forty day journey on the way to health, specifically, mental health. Each day we are given ways to make our life healthier. Each daily reading contains tips on the topics of Faith Life, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Family and Friends, and Nutrition. Each day begins with a morning reflection. Then follows the topics listed above. There may be questions to answer, tips to think about or journal entries to make. A sample of one day includes questions about your faith community, your family history, treats at the workplace, someone willing to check in with you once a week, suggestions to balance TV watching with bicep curls, to cook a meal that has many colors, and to journal an inventory of your emotions.

    The daily reading ends with an evening wrap-up, including a prayer. Inspiring illustrations and Bible verses grace the books pages.

    The readings are encouraging yet realistic. The daily practices move the reader slowly but deliberately along the path to better mental health.

    Each week a story from the Health Center is included, giving the reader a real example of success on the road to optimum wellness.

    "Managing depression is about learning to accept the feelings that we have without those feelings getting the final word." (51) "Managing depression and the overall journey toward wellness are lifelong journeys." (156)

    This material is not to be used instead of seeing a doctor. Readers are encouraged to speak to their physician about their physical condition and to a counselor to find help in managing mild or temporary depression.

    Dr. Morris understands that wellness is a journey with many aspects to it. Working through this book will probably not instantly cure you of depression. However, it is a valuable tool to be used alongside other efforts to approach optimum wellness.

    I did notice some repetition in the questions and suggestions in the book (such as suggesting twice that you ask for a "to go" box at the beginning of your meal at a restaurant). However, these repeats may become just good reminders over the course of the forty days

    I received an egalley of this book from Barbour Publishing for the purpose of this review.
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