Hope for Wholeness: The Spiritual Path to Freedom from Depression  -     By: Sharon Fawcett
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Hope for Wholeness: The Spiritual Path to Freedom from Depression

NavPress / 2008 / Paperback

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As the leading cause of disability worldwide, depression affects millions of people, including Christians. Medical and psychological treatments have proved effective for some, but for others they didn't bring lasting healing. Hope for Wholeness addresses the spiritual roots of depression and encourages readers to tackle the difficult personal issues that precipitate spiritual depression.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1600062156
ISBN-13: 9781600062155
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Publisher's Description

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. Hope for Wholeness will help you 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.

Author Bio

Sharon L. Fawcett is a speaker and freelance writer who struggled with major clinical depression for nine years. Her work appears in Today’s Christian Woman , Beyond Ordinary Living , God Allows U-Turns for Women , and more. Visit her website at www.sharonfawcett.com.

Author Bio

Sharon L. Fawcett has been depression-free for nine years. A speaker and freelance writer, she has published stories in Silver Linings: Breaking through the Clouds of Depression, God Answers Prayers, and God Allows U-Turns for Women and articles in magazines including: Today's Christian Woman and Beyond Ordinary Living. She renews her spirit through time spent observing nature; bicycle rides in the country; and the occasional afternoon nap in her shady yard in New Brunswick, Canada, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 11, 2009
    Rev. Gordon Cook
    As I read this book, I was doing so as Sharon and her husband Tims pastor. I felt like the children of Israel in the description thats given of them in the book of Ezra. When they saw the Temple being rebuilt, part of the congregation was weeping because of the past and part of the congregation (that hadnt seen the old Temple) was laughing and rejoicing. And the Bible says that they could not discern the noise of eitherof the weeping and of the joy.Thats how I read the book. As I read the intensity of what Sharon, Tim, and their daughters went through half of me was weeping. Im interested to find out our congregations reaction to the story as they read this book, because I dont think even the closest to Sharon and Tim in the church realised the depth of what was going on. But to see the wholeness thats been brought to Sharon and her home, to see how God is using this experience and the insights He has given her, the rest of my congregation was praising, rejoicing, and laughing. And so by the end of the book, I didnt know what I was feeling: heartache or wholeness. I am thankful to Sharon for sharing her journey. The transparency in the book is inspirational and overwhelming. I look forward to seeing how God uses HOPE FOR WHOLENESS to minister to people all over North America, and throughout the world. Im convinced that lives will be changed through it.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 5, 2009
    Rev. Dr. John Weiler
    There are several reasons why I like HOPE FOR WHOLENESS. First of all it defines depression very well and it outlines symptoms to be aware of. Secondly, it urges people with the signs of depression to get help-medical help from doctors, psychiatrists, and especially Christian help from Christian counselors. The book is well researched including quotes and support from writers and professionals, and every chapter is supported by Scripture references and illustrations. I also appreciate the fact that every chapter has a self-reflection section that readers can spend time in.HOPE FOR WHOLENESS is real. It tells a real story, a story everyone can relate to. I am thankful to Sharon Fawcett for sharing her story and journey. It is my prayer that God will use this book to help many people find wholeness, and have hope in their dark times. -Rev. Dr. John Weiler, Regional Minister, Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 5, 2009
    Berys Richardson
    I like HOPE FOR WHOLENESS for many reasons. I like it from a counsellor's perspective because you can read one chapter at a time. Each chapter stands alone and can teach you something, challenge you, or help you to move into a healthy place. The chapters on fear and shame are amazing. The chapter on self-worth is really a little jewel because even though there are tonnes of books written on self-worth, I can't find any that I think are really going to help my clients grow and move into a place of worth and value. I believe the chapter Sharon has written on self-worth can do that.The self-reflection sections at the end of each chapter are excellent to challenge an individual to think through the issues relating to that particular chapter. I also like the fact that there is a chapter on listening prayer for inner healing. One of the most profound gifts that God has given us is to hear His voice and I believe that hearing God is one of the major keys to all healing, not just from depressionfrom fear, from marital problems, and much more. I love this chapter and I've never read a book on depression that addresses the need to listen to God.At the end of the book Sharon includes two valuable appendixes for those who live with a depressed person. They offer advice on how to help a loved one who is depressed and how to help yourself when you're living with a loved one who's depressed.HOPE FOR WHOLENESS is a great resource; it's very practical and helpful. But it also reveals Sharon's heart, and I love that about hershe allows herself to be open and vulnerable. I thank God for Sharon Fawcett and the way He is using her, and I know He's going to use this book. Berys Richardson, MA Psychology & Counseling
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 5, 2009
    Rev. Dr. Martin Kreplin
    HOPE FOR WHOLENESS is an inspirational book not only for people who are struggling with depression directly, but all those who are peripherally impacted by the illness. An average reader interested in the topic could access the information in this book very readily, and that takes a certain degree of finesse in writing. Sharon has written this book with what Id describe as a brutal self-honesty. But it constantly moves the reader toward hope, wholeness, health, and a closer and more mature walk with God. You dont often find those kinds of combinations in a single book. The self-revelation that takes place in HOPE FOR WHOLENESS doesnt relish in false triumphantism, nor does it enter into what I describe as voyeuristic self-deprecation. Its always aimed at helping others understand themselves, understand others better, and understand their relationship with God.For those who are directly struggling with depression, this book is tremendously helpfulnot only offering comfort in the experiences of another who has journeyed this path and has struggled tremendously with it, but also offering clear and articulate descriptions of spiritual treatments for depression. But the book goes even further, beyond just the prescriptive and toward continued wholeness and maintenance of wholeness beyond a therapeutic stage. This is a book of grace. Its a book of hope. Its a book obviously written with deep love for others who struggle with depression, both directly and indirectly. HOPE FOR WHOLENESS is a book thats truly going to be very helpful for others. Rev. Dr. Martin Kreplin, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Moncton, NB, Canada
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 2, 2009
    Chris Summerville
    One of the best on spirituality and mental illness Modern medicine and health care operate from a Eurocentric biomedical model that often does not take into consideration the whole person in terms of body mind and spirit. "Hope for Wholeness" is a first-person story of Sharon L. Fawcett's journey with depression and her recovery. While acknowledging both the value and limits of medication and other treatments, she looks at the spiritual dynamics of mental illness and healing. No matter the causes of depression and other mental illnesses, authentic spirituality as a source of strength, meaning and purpose in life, is currently one of the hottest subjects in mental health circles. Sharon shares her lived experience of darkness as well as God's grace and tender mercies in her journey of recovery. Chris Summerville, D.Min., CPRPBoard Member, Mental Health Commission of Canada Executive Director, Manitoba Schizophrenia SocietyChief Executive Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Canada
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