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The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place
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Trusting God is easy when life is going well, but what happens when you find yourself in the midst of your deepest pain and suffering in the middle of your life? Are you able to trust Him even then?
The Radiant Midnight invites you to view your struggle with depression or disillusionment in a helpful new light. Through candid storytelling, biblical truth, honest lament, and unexpected humor, you will be encouraged to live well in the middle of your blackest hours as you discover the God who will not only lead you into the daylight, but will also sit with you in the dark – fully and beautifully present. As you grow into intimacy with God, you will discover that a joyous life is possible, even as you walk through enormous pain.
|Title: The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place|
By: Melissa Maimone
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW976471
"In The Radiant Midnight you will find not merely abstract ideas about the essence of darkness or how to go about facing it. You will also find humor, Wisdom. Honesty. You will find Melissas very bone and blood…it is here, then, in readingrather, perhaps, listening toher words, that your heart, trapped as it may feel in its own midnight, begins to see the first signs of dawn." Curt Thompson, MD, author of Anatomy of the Soul
Grace and Hope for Long Dark Nights
Have you ever suffered with depression, sadness, or the feeling that you just can't seem to get it together? Do you wonder if you could ever view your deepest wounds in a different light?
Through candid storytelling, biblical truth, honest lament, and unexpected humor, The Radiant Midnight is a bold refusal to simplify the experience of suffering by moving too quickly to try to relieve it. With questions to guide you and practical suggestions to lead you through dark moments, this book takes you on a journey of surrender, suffering, rest, and restoration as it encourages and comforts you in whatever struggle you face.
The message of The Radiant Midnight is fueled by the passionate belief that not only will God lead you out of darkness, He will be fully and beautifully present within it. You can find deep contentment in painful circumstances and discover a profound intimacy with a compassionate, tender God who is with you in every momentin each hope-filled dawn and every radiant midnight.
Melissa Maimone writes with transparency, humor, and grace about the darkness of depression and the light of down-to-earth, authentic faith. Drawing from her lifelong battle with anxiety and depression, she speaks and writes to women facing similar struggles, offering hope in the midst of deep pain. She lives with her husband and children in Southern California. MelissaMaimone.com
"There is that wisdom tradition that runs through our greatest stories that goes something like this: The thing you need the most can be found in the place you least want to look. The knights of the round table begin their quest for the holy grail by stepping into the part of the forest that looks darkest to them. The hero descends into the underworld to find the treasure guarded by the dragon. Luke Skywalker confronts his shadow self in a dark cave in Dagobah. The dark places hold the treasures of truth and wisdom that will lead us where we need to go.
"But its scary to go it alone and without a compass. So Melissa offers herself as a fearless tour guide into the unknown and gives us this compassionate book about her own journey into the dark to serve as handrails for those of us who find ourselves, willingly or not, descending into the underworlds of depression, pain, anxiety, and beyond to find the riches they hide.
"Henri Nouwen has said that a spiritual leader is one who walks into the darkness first in order to lead others through it. In this book, Melissa has demonstrated strong, loving, and trustworthy leadership."
Jason Gray, singer and songwriter
"Melissas voice and story are precious gifts to the church because they bear witness to the reality that the Christian narrative doesnt always follow the path of celebration and triumph. For those of us whose lives are more a testament to darkness, suffering and survival, we too need to be reminded that our stories also belong to those of the family of God. The Radiant Midnight does this beautifully and honestly, offering compassionate and challenging insights along the way."
David C. Wang, ThM, PhD, associate professor of psychology, Biola University; pastor of spiritual formation, One Life City Church
"As a woman who has experienced a good bit of her life in the midnight hours, Im grateful for another voice that tenderly and candidly calls attention to a subject many Christians have ignored. Melissa doesnt just set the subject in front of you, but she digs deep and encourages you to push harder against the darkness than you may have ever dared to do. She combines Scripture, research, and her personal struggles in a way that will leave you with a new understanding of the heart of God for his children. Many of us (including myself) have felt unqualified for ministry because of our struggles with this invisible ache, and The Radiant Midnight reminds us of the glorious light thats worth fighting for."
Angie Smith, bestselling author of Seamless, Chasing God, and What Women Fear
"I so appreciate Melissa Maimones honesty and unique perspective on battling depression and anxiety. She skillfully weaves King Davids life and words with her own, giving the reader space to battle fear, worry, and heavy sadnessyet with hope. If youre facing your own midnight, find solace and light in these hard-won words."
Mary DeMuth, author of Healing Every Day
"Radiant Midnight is an oxymorona combination of two contradictory terms that invite a curious mind to explore the wisdom that might hold them together. In this way, radiant midnight now establishes its place in a lexicon that has illuminated other impossible truths like sweet sorrow, wounded healer, or terrible goodness. Through her achingly personal journey, Melissa sets the night on fire with the radiance of unrelenting love, revealing what we can never see or feel when we are in the darkGod is already there."
Nicole Johnson, author of Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy and Fresh Brewed Life; founder of Seasons Weekends
"Melissas vulnerability, humor, and depth make her one of our favorite voices to hear on some of lifes harder topics. Her story and wisdom have helped illuminate the treasure to be found in our own dark places."
Katherine and Jay Wolf, coauthors and cofounders of Hope Heals
"Melissa entered my world during a period of intense suffering and I cannot believe it was by chance. I struggled to find comfort, meaning, and hope amidst the darknessand Melissas words offered just that. Mercifully, she doesnt hand out Band-Aids or tidy answers. Rather, she invites us to listen for the story of redemption that God is writing for each of us, even as we wait for the light."
Jen Wise, author of The Bright Life
"Melissa spoke to my soul! Like a good therapist, she sits with you in your pain and teaches you how to sit with your own darkness. Melissas book speaks to anyone who struggles with any type of darkness in their lifeand that would be all of us! She so accurately and vulnerably portrays the shame of the shadow that most of us feel but can never put into words. But instead of condemnation, Melissa gives a wonderful combination of humor, heart, and hope in your darkest of times."
Dr. Zoe Shaw, host of The Dr. Zoe Show podcast
Author: Melissa Maimone
Located in: Southern California
Submitted: June 11, 2019
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a Christian speaker and author passionate about offering down-to-earth hope and inspiration to women who long to integrate the magnificence of faith into their everyday, messy lives. I speak at conferences, retreats, and outreach events. I've struggled on and off with depression most of my life, and I share about that journey, along with the unrelenting HOPE we have in Jesus Christ with humor, transparency, and sound biblical teaching.
What was your motivation behind this project? For a long time, I was convinced that I was failing in my faith because I have depression. I believed God was disappointed in me. I was sure that my main calling was to get over my depression and that God's main job was to get rid of it for me. But over time, I realized that if the God who I know loves me and has the best plans for me has chosen to leave it there, then perhaps I might be missing out on what He has for me in those dark places. I've found new depths of His tenderness and grace by getting comfortable with the things I never wanted. In The Radiant Midnight, I share the truth of suffering in light of Scripture along with glimpses into my own story to offer women hope not only through the darkness, but IN it.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? So many books offer to help a person get out of the darkness. I am passionate about helping people to live well while they are in it. I believe that our darkest seasons require great care, deep faith, and a healthy sense of humor. I also believe that our darkest seasons offer us gifts and graces we cannot see in the lighter periods of life. Through Scripture, stories, and my own journey with depression, I hope the reader will discover that a full, beautiful, joyous life in the middle of enormous pain is possible. The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place guides, encourages, and comforts those in the struggle of depression and beyond, offering deep contentment in their circumstances and leading them to a profound intimacy with God.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? At some moments, it was painful to retell certain personal stories. But it was also an amazing opportunity to be reminded of God's grace that was there with me in those times too. I felt a kinship with the people I was writing to, and the entire book is steeped in prayer -- that those who are alone and hurting in this world would find hope in the words contained in The Radiant Midnight.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Obviously, my relationship with Jesus Christ is the single most influential relationship in my life. I love Scripture--especially the Psalms. David's honest laments and anguish, as well as his unabashed joy and faith, are a constant source of comfort to me. As for other authors, I love Brenning Manning, Timothy Keller, Henri Nouwen, Dallas Willard, C.S. Lewis, Eugene Peterson, Beth Moore, Flannery O'Connor and Tish Harrison Warren... I could go on and on! There are so many wonderful authors out there! I am also a fan of painters VanGogh, James Tissot, Dean Cornwell, and Samantha Keely Smith. I love music -- The Avett Brothers, Jason Gray, U2, Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, James Taylor, Billy Joel, and anything from the Beatles!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: If you are in a Midnight -- if you are hurting, tired, and wondering if you'll ever see the light of day again -- I pray that The Radiant Midnight is a source of tremendous validation of your pain as well as a source of deep comfort and hope. I've tried to be honest and shied away from offering easy answers to complex issues. May you draw closer to our tender, compassionate, faithful God as you read The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place. With grace, Melissa
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