Silent Souls Weeping

by Jane Clayson Johnson

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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.

Product Details

Size6 x 9
PublishedDeseret Book 2018
Audiobook NarratorJane Clayson Johnson
Audiobook RuntimeApproximately 7 hrs.

About the Author

Jane Clayson Johnson

Jane Clayson Johnson is an award-winning journalist widely known for her work at CBS News, ABC News, and the nationally syndicated NPR program On Point. Over more than two decades, she traveled the world covering stories from international news to presidential campaigns and interviewing the biggest newsmakers of the day. Jane is the best-selling author of I Am a Mother. She has served in regional, stake, and ward public affairs, as a Gospel doctrine teacher, and in many Relief Society and Primary callings. Jane and her husband, Mark, live in Boston. They are the parents of five children and grandparents of three.

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(based upon 62 reviews)

Understanding depression
By , Submitted on 2019-02-12

I ordered Jane Clayson Johnson’s book hoping it would give me insight into a friend’s struggle with depression. The book helped me understand much more about the illness than I had understood before. Jane opened up about her own painful struggles, and shared the stories of people who opened up to her. She described depression as a ball and chain, which sometimes people with depression swing at those closest to them. She helped me better understand the role friends can play by showing empathy and checking in. Jane interviewed hundreds of people. She was on a journey, and the book is a distillation of several years of work. I consider her book a gift, and hope it helps others the way it helped me.

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-02-12

I can’t thank Jane enough for her raw feelings & vulnerability that she put into this much needed book. I battle bipolar & as I read it, it was such a comfort to be able to say, I’m not the only one who feels this way. I could feel things from my own life reading the people interviewed stories & especially from Jane’s story. I’m so grateful that she has written a book that brings this topic of mental illness (brain illness) to the light. People need to have awareness of how many people are actually suffering. It was refreshing having so many that suffer be willing to share their stories. It’s been a true gift not just for me but for many of my family as well. This is a book everyone should read!!!

By , Submitted on 2019-02-11

Wow... I'm going to have to write a blog post review. This book deserves all 5 stars. It was amazing and I felt so understood. I believe that EVERY member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should read this book, especially those in leadership/teacher callings. But most importantly, the experiences shared are really so helpful. I just can't say enough good things about this book.

Amazing Book!
By , Submitted on 2019-02-08

Amazing book! I have heard so many people talking about how great this book is and now I know why. This book doesn’t just address those suffering with depression, it has valuable insights for everyone! I am particularly impressed with how well Jane offers an accurate, understanding of depression, what the professionals know about the disease, and the various ways it can manifest and be addressed. It was so interesting to see how many notable leaders, familiar names and well-known members of the church have struggled with depression at one time or another in their life. Jane’s presentation of their challenges and their triumphs was inspiring. It’s a blessing to have someone with Jane’s professional expertise present useful information, insights and perspectives, and plausible remedies in a well-organized, easy to read, format. Jane beautifully removes the unfortunate and undeserved shame often associated with depression. She ignites hope. She helps us feel the importance of candid discussion. She generates optimism. I had a hard time putting the book down! I will read this book over and over and share it with many people. It’s a must read!!!

I have been there.
By , Submitted on 2019-02-07

I have witnessed some of the pains of depression that are mentioned in this book. This is a timely book that everyone should read, whether depression has been a part of their lives or not. It has made me think a lot, especially about the Savior knowing about all our feelings and how we are feeling. Are we willing to let Him lighten our burden? I know this book has helped me and I recommend it to everyone.

This book is for the whole family
By , Submitted on 2019-02-07

Since all of us most likely either live with, work with, or know someone close to us that struggles with either depression or some other mental health condition, then this book is for everyone. It brings a better understanding to why mental health issues need to be talked about, and not shamed or silenced. It's time to stop the stigma, and start helping those who are suffering in silence and who desperately need our help. Thanks Jane for this wonderful book!

Hope & Courage Like Never Before
By , Submitted on 2019-02-06

This book has given me the courage to do things and open up in ways concerning my depression and anxiety disorder like never before. I want to help in the battle to do away with the stigma of mental illness, and this book has helped me to see that I can make a difference, while being patient with myself and accepting, after decades, that this is a disease, and I may have it the rest of my life. If that’s the case, then so be it. This book clearly illustrates I’m not alone, and neither are you. Thank you for writing this book!

Must Read
By , Submitted on 2019-02-05

Open and candid, Silent Souls Weeping addresses depression and the stigma of mental illness in a direct and loving way that made me wonder why a book of this nature isn't already on the market. I would recommend this as a mandatory read for anyone: whether you are someone struggling with mental illness, a family member or friend of someone struggling, or simply curious about the topic of mental illness, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or not, this book is sure to open your eyes about this problem and the ways in which you can bring hope to those affected.

This book is a gem!
By , Submitted on 2019-02-04

Silent Souls Weeping is a faith-based, spiritual, emotional, and practical journey for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of depression and how to navigate through it. Accessible and relevant for both those suffering from depression or those seeking to aid the suffering, Jane Clayson-Johnson’s book is a thoughtful and painstakingly researched map—a brilliant blending of journalistic inquiry with numerous, rich personal narratives chronicled by a journalist who forged a deeper understanding of the topic through her own battles with depression. Clayson-Johnson speaks to the heart, mind, and spirit , deftly providing themes that highlight and engender courage, clarity, light, and hope.

By , Submitted on 2019-02-03

There is so much empathy and compassion in this book. I couldn't put it down. I understand the struggle of depression in a way I hadn't before. I have bought a copy of this book for each of my children. So well done.

Powerful, Brave, Spirit Filled, Stories of Depression
By , Submitted on 2019-02-02

In Silent Souls Weeping, Jane Clayton Johnson has delivered an important resource to those who are suffering as well as families and friends. In a loving, kind, clear and concise manner she unfolds stories that can help people gain perspective of a disease that affects many in silence. Describing her own journey with depression she demonstrates the bravery needed to break through society’s stigmas and be open about mental health or more appropriately suggesting it as “Brain Health”.

Her stories will help numerous people realize that they are not alone. Her stories are told through the lens of her faith as a Latter Day Saint but can clearly help others. She describes how toxic perfectionism, so prevalent in society, can contribute to the obsessive thought cycle of never reaching that unreachable goal of perfection. This often is a catalyst to depression as she describes it as a “corrosive perfectionism”. Basically, we are all human, imperfectly perfect!

Her chapter on teens illustrates the difficulty in diagnosing depression in this age group and the challenges family and friends face. Motherhood and post-partum depression are also explored as well as the devastating sad chapter on suicide.

All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone touched by this debilitating disease.

Excellent Book - Long Overdue
By , Submitted on 2019-02-01

This book is long overdue. It is a remarkable work - a game changer, actually. Raw, real, well researched and beautifully written. A must read for anyone who has dealt with depression personally, family members, or friends. Can't recommend it highly enough.

I found this book to be an incredibly valuable addition to my personal library
By , Submitted on 2019-01-31

With many friends and family members who have suffered with anxiety, depression, and other serious mental illnesses, I found this book to be an incredibly valuable addition to my personal library, and a great resource for those who are members of a faith-centered culture. Though I hate to admit it, for years, I couldn't understand why people who had mental or emotional challenges couldn't just "snap out of it" or "quit being dramatic." That is, until I found myself dealing with extreme anxiety that was so bad that I felt like I was just going to die. I couldn't work. I couldn't sleep. It was a dark time. Fortunately, with some simple medication, my personal situation is well under control now. However, so many loved ones and friends in our lives are dealing with mental illnesses that are much more challenging than mine was . This book by journalist and author, Jane Clayson Johnson, is perhaps one of the most important books ever written for those suffering with mental illness, their friends and families. Through her own struggle, and through interviews with more than 100 others, Jane has created a resource that brings comfort to the suffer and clearer understanding to those who love and care for them - to help remove the stigma of mental illness. If you, a friend, family member or other associate is dealing with these issues, I highly recommend this wonderful book.

By , Submitted on 2019-01-29

As a healthcare professional, and as one who has never personally experienced depression, I have struggled to comprehend the pain and suffering of family members and dear friends. This book has opened my eyes and my heart, and has greatly increased my understanding of the terrible ravages of mental illness. Silent Souls Weeping is a valuable resource for those of us desperate to help our loved ones and can truly be a blessing of hope and comfort for those who suffer. I am grateful to Jane and all who were willing to share their “secret sorrows”.

By , Submitted on 2019-01-28

I do not normally write reviews, but this is such a moving, insightful and important book that I feel compelled to recommend it -- whether you suffer from depression or you know or love someone who does. If you lead or serve others in any capacity, it should be required reading.

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-01-28

This is one of the most informative books that I have read about the subject of mental health. I found that I was able to understand better those that I work with and also with my family and some of the problems that exist there. I want to thank Jane Clayson Johnson for all the research that she did to help the ordinary person to understand how and when to give and receive help.

Powerfully relevant and long overdue
By , Submitted on 2019-01-28

"Silent Souls Weeping" is a powerful book and long overdue. The breadth and depth of content is extraordinary. This book is a must-read for members of the LDS community and anyone of faith who has a loved one suffering from depression or who is suffering themselves. The author touches on many facets of depression that are not typically discussed including what depression feels like, how to meaningfully support someone with depression and how to find hope and help. Long overdue discussions and new approaches to supporting and loving others will ensue because of this important and powerful book.

No sugar-coating. Yet, my life feels sweeter having read this book...
By , Submitted on 2019-01-27

With the narrative momentum of an award-winning investigative journalist, and the sensitivity of a fellow sojourner, Jane Clayson Johnson has expertly and lovingly drawn out the stories of those who have suffered silently with depression. She serves as trusted confidante, therapist, and spiritual guide, lifting the veil of stigma to create new community and provide a life line for those who feel alone or hopeless. It is her personal vulnerability, the lack of sugar-coating, her willingness to place her own secret life in the limelight that strike me the most. During a time in history where people find no comfort in hollow platitudes, yet are more desperate for hope than ever, this book provides such intelligent and firsthand insight into how to join with God in the midst of personal suffering. L.B. Cowman described life as a steep and murky climb—we can’t see even steps in front of us and so we get afraid. We need the encouragement and wisdom of a fellow climber ahead of us who calls back to say “I’m here…this is what the path looks like up above you, here’s how I navigated when I was where you are…” This courageous and profound act of generosity reveals many beautiful things about the author herself—her deep soul and her belief in the power and sacred obligation of speaking one’s faith and telling one’s stories.

Beautiful book, I highly recommend it
By , Submitted on 2019-01-27

When I received Jane’s book in the mail, I read it in its entirely that day. It is a fantastic read. As a fellow sufferer of mental illness, I found the book both insightful and timely. It is very comforting to know that others understand the difficulties of mental health issues. I’m so glad she beautifully share her own experience and let us into her life. The qualitative research was equally personal and detailed. As a reader, I felt part of each story. As a person of faith, I appreciated the direct way she addressed conflicts of religious beliefs and mental health. I have read a lot about depression, as well as other mental illnesses, and this is a rare gem, a book written by a member of the Church, addressing some of the stigma associated with mental illness. Terrific book.

By , Submitted on 2019-01-26

This book is such an incredible read of true stories from real people. It was an eye opening experience for me. Depression is something that affects all of us either directly or indirectly and this book provides such great insight to this disease. Everyone should read it so we can all remove the stigma behind it and have an honest conversation about it and know how to support those who are suffering.

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