"When we are struggling, where is happiness actually to be found? What I have learned in response to this question has been one of the biggest surprises of my life." — James L. Ferrell
As incredible as it may sound, much of the sadness and frustration we feel in mortality is actually created by our well-meaning efforts to find happiness. Relief from this predicament can be found through a divine gospel paradox that rescues us from failed roads and puts us on the surprising path to happiness.
Through engaging stories and fresh, invigorating gospel insights, James Ferrell has written a book that challenges our unquestioned and perhaps mistaken assumptions about many of life's fundamental concerns. For example, what if happiness depends less on forgiving ourselves than on giving up that quest? What if repentance is even sweeter than forgiveness? What if neither happiness nor heaven can be reached by climbing?
Falling to Heaven is an account of a gospel that's specifically designed to change our minds and transform our hearts. It is an account of the truths of Christ that really do set us free.
Unabridged audio book
|Audiobook Narrator||James L. Ferrell|
|Runtime||4 hours 2 minutes|
I have schizophrenia and depression and this book totally put things into perspective for me. I have tried to commit suicide twice. Now when I’m sad, Instead of comparing myself to others I rejoice because I realize it is an opportunity to humble myself and turn to Christ, and that accepting Christ’s mercy is a choice that you have to first believe in, and then allow into your heart. To those suffering with depression I totally reccomend this book, it answered all my questions about how to be happy. His other book the peacegiver brought me to Christ. This book taught me how to act after I found that faith in Christ. To those who let go of their pride, it is a cure all. Basically I was paranoid that the world was out to get me and that only added to my depression, making it more severe. But when I finally realized that suffering is a blessing my despair turned into hope, and that is all it takes. Just believe and Christ does the rest. This book taught me how to believe. Because of this author’s ability to help me understand Christ better, I have finally found an everlasting peace that I’m just starting to grasp and apply. I now know that Christ can heal me, I just have to believe. I’m now in remission from schizophrenia and depression.
This book has amazing insights on accepting our own faults, but doesn't round it out by weighing different angles or perspectives than the author's own.
For instance, from a mental health perspective, it's iffy to imply that depression is solely caused by pride. As someone who has struggled with depression and feeling inferior, I agree completely that viewing ourselves from a worldly perspective does not help when assessing our worth. But once you use the word depression, you are entering a very sensitive area because there are those who are clinically depressed sometimes due simply to brain chemistry that they cannot completely control. Although they can try to manage it, it is a burden some are given to carry their whole lives, even if they are righteous. Jacob from the Book of Mormon seems to have been anxious and depressed.
The author says giving up is a form of pride. While I can see where he is coming from and find it to be a useful point of view even for those struggling with depression, again he does not round it out so as not to overwhelm certain readers who may have mental health issues that are incredibly challenging. When you are told your whole life that you are worthless you start to believe it. Checking your pride can help, but it is often not as simple as that.
The point he makes that we need to not ignore our weaknesses but be able to make ourselves see and accept them in order to change is wonderful. People who do not have that ability will really struggle with life, making it harder on themselves and those around them. But, while impressively insightful, he simultaneously doesn't often address the complexity of certain issues.
I love this book. I have listened to it several times and planning on listening to it over and over again. It explains a very difficult paradox of life; mainly through humility we are raised up to Christ. Not a concept we normally think about. I would recommend this book to anyone who is earnestly seeking our Savior.