Through the power of story, nationally recognized journalist Jane Clayson Johnson shines a light on the desperate, dark, and lonely reality faced by those who struggle with clinical depression. At once hopeful and heart-wrenching, Silent Souls Weeping examines the stigma and isolation associated with depression, as well as the dangers of perfectionistic tendencies and suicidal ideation.
Beginning with an open and frank exploration of her own experience with clinical depression, the author goes on to share stories gathered from interviews with more than 150 men, women, and teens—all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—who have suffered from depression.
Within these stories is a plea to change the dialogue surrounding depression, particularly among Latter-day Saints, who face unique struggles as they try to fit a disease manifest through sorrow into a religion centered on a "plan of happiness."
"The worst part of depression," writes the author, "is the profound isolation it engenders, not just from the Spirit but from family, friends, and community." Sharing our stories is the first step toward ending that isolation. This important book opens the door for a new level of honesty and helpfulness, both for those who suffer from depression and for their family members, friends, and Church leaders.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Deseret Book 2018|
|Audiobook Narrator||Jane Clayson Johnson|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 7 hrs.|
This book is a must read, one of the best books ever written on depression. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from depression or for anyone who knows someone who suffers from depression.
I just finished reading Jane Clayson Johnson‘s book, Silent Souls Weeping. As a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints and also a licensed clinical therapist in practice for over 30 years, I am thrilled that Jane has opened wide the blinds on the topic of depression. Her book eloquently and without judgment reminds all of us that no one is immune to mental health issues. Either we or our loved ones will suffer at some point in our lives from the debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. This book inspires and invites each of us to do our part to have eyes to see and ears to hear when those around us are suffering and need our non-judgemental love, compassion and help finding resources to heal. The good news is when people find help and resources with time and support they also find peace and wellness. I have always found it fascinating that the word illness starts with the word I meaning alone or singular where as the word wellness starts with the word We meaning united and together. Together “We” can work with and help those we love through difficult mental health crises. So grateful for Jane’s willingness and the others who courageously shared their stories to bring this topic to the forefront with grace and hope.
Tricia Grimsman LCSW Folsom, CA
What a eye opener, a true honest personal account of what other people might be feeling but are silent because of fear of other people's opinion or being afraid of being judged by their peers. A true understanding of the feelings and emotions of someone going thru depression, this book gave me a clearer understanding of what people go thru when they have depression and the ways we can help the affected individual. I loved the book
Thank you for writing this book and thank you Deseret Book for publishing it. I have read few books in my life that completely changed my way of thinking, but this is one of them. I have many friends who suffer from mental illness and that's why I wanted to read this book. I thought I had a pretty good understanding, but this book opened that door even wider and much more clearly for me.
More importantly, I have come to see times in my life when I was probably suffering from mild anxiety or depression. Thankfully, I've never had a complete break-down, but I think I will face future bouts differently and not be so shy about getting help. This is definitely a book I will read again and encourage everyone I know to read it.
Every single one of us knows someone struggling with depression - whether we realize it or not. This is such an important book to read! I was touched by the author’s heart-wrenching honestly with her own struggle - and the stories of those whom she interviewed. Reading this book helped me to better understand depression, and it has really made me a more compassionate person overall. I can’t recommend this book enough and wish I could give it 10 stars. This is definitely a conversation that needs to keep going......
Sharing your personal history of depression can create its own mental health crisis. I applaud all these sufferers who so bravely sharped their stories with readers. In my own family, depression and anxiety run rampant and we have found that being open about what we are dealing with is a big part of the battle. This book helps alleviate that stigma that still clings to these very real medical conditions. Please, if you suffer or know anyone that suffers from depression, read this book and find comfort in knowing that you are not alone on this seemingly never-ending dark path.
There are plenty of books about depression and those who struggle with it. This book is different because it comes from the heart of someone who has experienced it. It doesn't get any better than that. She has lived it and she has interviewed others who have experienced depression or deeply involved with those who have. There is Jane's excellent research and pages of documentation so you know she has spent the time necessary to make sure the reader knows she has not rushed the publication or the details. Jane is an author and journalist who is well-known for her work. If you want to know what depression is and what those who experience it deal with read this book. This is not a smile and pray and everything will be better book. This is a book with empathy and guidance. We all know someone or maybe many someones who struggle. If you want insight and guidance for those you know and love I recommend this book.
In Jane’s book Silent Souls Weeping she helps give us an insight about the kind of pain and hurt that is happening more and more within our own walls, families, and communities. This book is a beautiful overview and first step into the world of mental illness – a disease that we must begin to patiently understand and acknowledge. Through this book I have a better understanding of what is and what is not mental illness. I found Jane’s own story to be vulnerable and heart-felt. The courageous families who were willing to share their stories will leave you humbled and full of Christ’s love. Jane’s sincere hope to spread information about mental illness through her own experience, combined with others, will help each of us create a desire to reach out and hold tightly to the hands of those we love who suffer from it.
Courageous and Enlightening
Having watched my mother struggle with depression at a time when mental illness was rarely discussed, or understood, and was kept shrouded in secrecy and surrounded with social stigmas, I found this book enthralling and enlightening. My dear mother was, indeed, a silent soul weeping and was often found praying for relief. Jane masterfully communicates the painful and far-reaching affects depression has on both individuals and families. Jane demonstrates such courage and vulnerability by sharing her personal struggles with depression. She has put a voice to the many facets and symptoms of depression, including postpartum depression, anxiety , perfectionism and suicidal thoughts. As a fellow member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I found this text especially valuable. Depression is not due to a lack of faith. More than likely, each life will be touched by depression. This book will prove to be a powerful resource to assist many to better understand depression, reduce social stigmas and to enable us to reach out without judgement but rather with love and compassion. Jane facilitates more openness and frank discussion, which is a key to healing. Each home should have a copy of this book.
This is a book is written with heart and soul. I think everyone needs to read it, whether you suffer from mental illness or know someone who does. It helped me know how to talk with a family member who suffers from issues. Most of us have friends or family members who suffer from depression or other" brain health"issues. This book opens your eyes to the nature of the beast, how prevalent it is , and how to deal with it. For anyone suffering from depression, it should give a lot of hope..
I found the book refreshing in the since that the church is finally beginning to open up about depression and mental illness. I have members of my immediate and extended family that suffer with mental illness. I feel we need to educate our members, both in the church and out of the church, of this devastating disease.. I have known people who are insensitive to people with this disease, and how crippling it can be for the one with the illness. I believe all people need to read this book and gain a stronger understanding of the illness. I commend the author for the frankness, warmth and love she researched and put into the book. Thank you Jane Clayson Johnson for your candid insight and fortitude in writing this book.
Thank you for writing this book! It is hard to understand depression/mental illness when you don’t have it. I feel like I understand it so much better now. I hope I can use this knowledge to help others.
I downloaded the audio-book 2 days ago and have already "read" the book twice; crying, laughing and feeling the confirmation of the Spirit constantly. The insights here are nothing short of miraculous. We MUST remove the stigmas surrounding mental illness and care for the sufferers like we would for any other medical condition. This book is a must-read for everyone with a calling of stewardship within the Church, and anybody who is going through (or knows anybody who is going through) any form of mental illness. I've been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life. I'm also a recovering alcoholic who secretly spent 20 years fighting my illness (and the associated depression) before finding my way back to sobriety and the light of full fellowship with the spirit of the Holy Ghost. Through this time, I was also dealing with a wife and two daughters who were not yet diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (my wife also experienced extreme Postpartum Psychosis after each of her 5 pregnancies), another daughter who was prone to suicidal thoughts and was doing serious self-harm, and a high-spectrum autistic son. How I wish that I, and more importantly, those around me (my extended family, priesthood/Relief Society leaders, co-workers, etc.) had known the information in this book!
I have been an avid book reader since I was six years old. None of those books I read touched my heart and soul as this one. Ultimately diagnosed as manic/depressive and bipolar, I rarely share my "inner life" with the rest of the world. Between the pages of this book I found "me" and the emotions I have dealt with all my life -- the furthermost being at 8 years old. Thank you Jane Clayson Johnson! I will share this book with many of my friends and family and.......my therapist.
I have known Jane for 28 years and was so inspired by her honesty and openness. I cried, laughed at certain parts, but most importantly felt an increase of empathy and love for my fellow brothers and sisters experiencing depression. I so appreciated the sections dealing with the caregivers and loves ones who share this journey with those afflicted. depression truly is a disease that touches so many lives.
This book is one of those rare volumes that will change the lives of many. It is quite literally like going for a long walk with a good friend when overcome with darker thoughts, and feeling the healing encouragements of someone who , not only cares, but truly understands............
On a recent road trip my husband and I chose to listen to Silent Souls Weeping, beautifully written and poignantly read by the author, Jane Clayson Johnson. I immediately ordered my own hard copy. I cannot say enough good about this book. Johnson shares her own story with honesty. She opens her heart in a way that will only bring others to the point of risking vulnerability to seek and/or offer help. Bless the people who opened up to Johnson and shared their stories. I have recommended this book far and wide. To family. To friends. To church leaders. To colleagues. And now I recommend it to anyone reading this review. It is a keeper. Thank you Ms. Johnson.
This book is a unique, and in my eyes, an extremely vital narrative about existing with depression while being a member of the Church. It is absolutely eye-opening-and a MUST READ for anyone who suffers from depression, or who lives among those who do-which is essentially all of us. As an individual who struggles to live with the trial of severe major depressive disorder and debilitating anxiety, I am obviously well-versed in the demonic darkness that accompanies such an illness, yet even my eyes were opened and my mind illuminated through reading this book.
This book opens the understanding of what it's like to exist with depression, specifically in our religious culture. It provides in-depth suggestions for how to help and assist friends and loved ones, many whom may be suffering in silence. I feel strongly that this book will help us to love more openly, extend greater compassion, and become active angels for those in our lives who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.
I am so thankful for this book.
This book is so enlightening! It gives a voice to those who struggle with depression, anxiety and more. It allows an opportunity to start helping people be more open with mental illness. It defines it for exactly what it is an illness. I highly recommend this read even if you or your family members don’t suffer from it. Chances are you will work with someone who does or have a friend who will or has struggled.
For someone who has suffered with depression for many many years, I have had a difficult time feeling validated or even putting into words the emotional darkness I was in time after time. Jane’s book clearly gives enlightenment to the reality of this mental illness. I feel this book would be great for those who don’t have depression but who wan’t to understand it better for the sake of supporting loved ones in their lives. I also found that this book fostered a lot of courage and hope for me personally...the courage that I could share my experiences with others when appropriate and have hope in God’s wisdom to guide me in this journey. It is a book that should be shared to help overcome the stigmas of mental illness that impede our abilities to nurture, succor, and care for one another and for ourselves.