Silent Souls Weeping

by Jane Clayson Johnson

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Silent souls weeping

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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.

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Pages224
Size6 x 9
ISBN9781629725253
PublishedDeseret Book 2018
Audiobook NarratorJane Clayson Johnson
Audiobook RuntimeApproximately 7 hrs.
AudiobookUnabridged

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 84 reviews)

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-03-17

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.

Validating and Courageous
By , Submitted on 2019-03-12

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.

Why faith in God isn't the problem....
By , Submitted on 2019-03-09

For members of the church who dont understand why their loved one doesn't just exercise more faith, pray the depression away, or simply chose happiness... read this book!!!!

A must read!
By , Submitted on 2019-03-09

Wow! After listening to the audio for Silent Souls Weeping, I have a greater understanding and compassion for those experiencing depression. I also realized that the irrational thoughts I had after a pregnancy were signs of post partum depression thanks to this book. I plan to buy a hard copy to use as a reference book or to lend to others.

This book opens up a conversation with ourselves and loved ones
By , Submitted on 2019-03-09

Since I know people and am a person myself- I knew this is a book that is VERY NEEDED.
Jane has given us a way to process the confusing things we experience with people we love when it doesn’t look and feel like love. She gives us insight and permission to let people that we love be “broken” but not write them off, be shallow, abandon the relationship, cruelly judge them as is often the first reaction people express.
Even if we can’t have a healthy relationship with someone- we can have insight, compassion, and perspective. This book opens up a conversation with ourselves and loved ones that propels us towards a more Christlike demeanor towards everyone in our life- knowing that we can judge more righteously, someone we may not be able to understand. This book changes, educates, and opens up our hearts and minds. It helps
us see that even though we can get really beat up in life- ultimately our worth cannot be diminished and even if there is no known cause or answer to a struggle- there is HOPE. There is HELP. This book is a guide to self-exploration as well as a guide to this journey in life where no-one is really “normal”. “Normal” is that we are each unique human beings on unique earthly journeys. Compassion and love
for self and others- while seeking help is really what this book teaches. Knowledge is power and Jane has done a great service in lovingly and sensitivity setting a new stage for everyone to be on.

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-03-09

Thank you Jane for your very valuable work on depression. This often misunderstood illness touches all of our lives and yet so often we are unprepared to deal with it. I appreciate Jane's honest and open approach and believe that with the concrete ideas shared in this book, we can better love and help those impacted by depression. I highly recommend reading this book and gifting it to family, friends, and church leaders. With Deseret Bookshelf you can hear Jane read with her masterful, renowned voice. It is inspiring!

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-03-07

I absolutely loved this book! While reading it, I kept saying to myself, “YES!! Finally, a book about real people struggling with depression!” Whether you have struggled with depression issues, or you care about someone struggling with depression issues, this book will bring you peace, hope and understanding. Our ward is reading this for our book club!

Great book!
By , Submitted on 2019-03-05

This is a great book on depression and would encourage everyone to read it! The Title speaks for itself. I learn best when I hear other’s stories because it helps me relate and gives me hope! Too many, in my opinion, treat depression as a stigma instead of like a broken bone or kidney stone. It should be easier to talk about than it is! I appreciate Jane’s approach and great work for bringing this disease to the forefront! This book is a “must read”! Thanks for sharing this book with all of us Jane!

Finding hope through sharing
By , Submitted on 2019-03-05

My husband was just one of many people interviewed during the creation of this book. He and I both strive to talk frankly about the challenges we’ve faced with mental illness; me in dealing with it and him wishing he could do more. Please take the time to read this book. Especially if you’re a Latter-Day Saint. It is valuable for those wishing to better understand mental illness and it is valuable for those struggling with it. This is a work that has been carefully crafted and imbued with compassion and love. Thank you Jane for sharing your own story and giving voice to so many others.

“...sharing stories about depression is the best, first step in fighting both the disease itself and the stigma that surrounds it.” - Jane Clayson Johnson, Silent Souls Weeping: Depression--Sharing Stories, Finding Hope, pg. 196

A Crucial Topic Handled w/ Sensitivity and Expertise
By , Submitted on 2019-03-04

This thoroughly researched book covers a topic that touches everyone. Either we will experience depression at some point in our lives or someone we love will and this book gives masterful, practical advise to navigate it. Jane Clayson Johnson is an accomplished journalist and author who has experienced depression herself and has become an effective advocate for those dealing with it. I highly recommend the audio version as you can hear Jane herself, with all of her emotion and knowledge, narrate this important text. The physical book as a must as well, for reference and notes. Worth the investment of time and money!

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-03-03

I bought this book for my daughter who is suffering from severe depression and anxiety. I am a desperate mother who loves her daughter. I look forward to hearing from my daughter on how this book has helped her. Jane Clayson Johnson is a very kind and compassionate soul. I plan to read the book myself.

Someone understands!
By , Submitted on 2019-03-02

From the book...“I came to church during those months convinced that I was a hypocrite and terrified that others were going to catch on. I felt like all my prayers were hitting a brick wall. It had been ages since I’d felt the Spirit. Surely it was a sign that I was unworthy. I’ll never forget the Sunday that we found a spot to sit on the second row, directly in front of the seats where the bishopric sits. I was feeling nothing that day. Nothing. I looked up at my husband, who had just sat down from speaking. He was looking a little misty eyed, as was nearly everyone around me. It was clear that the rest of the congregation had just witnessed a powerful testimony. I don’t think I had ever felt more alone than in that moment, when I felt certain that I had lost not just the ability to feel the Spirit but the privilege of being worthy to feel it.”

SOMEBODY FINALLY UNDERSTANDS!!! If I was capable of emotion, I would be crying right now! This book is full of experiences by so many who battle depression and other mental illnesses. I bought this book a while ago, but it took me some time to finally begin reading. Once I read the first few pages, I was hooked. Page after page was filled with stories from people just like me. People who felt empty, alone, deserted, lost, etc. There was so much comfort as I read pages of stories that were familiar to me. This book has been an answer to prayers that felt very unanswered. If you are battling depression...if you know or love someone who is battling depression....if you just want a little insight into depression and the Spirit, READ THIS BOOK!!!

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-03-02

In her book, Silent Souls Weeping, Jane Clayson Johnson opens up the conversation that no one wants to have but all of us need to have regarding the issue of depression.  Being open about her own experience, and adding to that the stories of some of the 150 others whom she interviewed regarding their experiences, Johnson presents an honest and authentic portrayal of depression especially as it pertains to the Latter-day Saint faith community. A must read for anyone who is a leader, a parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunt, or friend. It will help you to better understand those around you who may struggle. For those dealing with depression, the greatest gift/message of the book...reach out! You are not alone!

Silent souls weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-03-02

I loved this book. I suffer from depression so it was nice to have feelings put into words. I'm grateful this book was written for those who suffer and for those who may know someone who suffers. Everyone should read this because you never know who you'll meet you may help someone because you read this book.

Executive Producer NPR's On Point
By , Submitted on 2019-03-01

If sharing your story, however painful, could help save someone else's life would you do it? Jane Clayson Johnson said yes. She opens up about her struggle with clinical depression and listens to others who have experienced the stigma and isolation. Together, they walk onto the path of hope and healing and call on the rest of us to join them. This important book starts a conversation that’s long overdue. Bravo.

Must read for anyone suffering from depression, or knows anyone who is.
By , Submitted on 2019-02-20

Silent Souls Weeping is a very well researched and written book about the challenges of depression and how to deal with it. Ms. Johnson interviewed many people across the country to get a wide understanding of the mental pain, fears, mechanics, and ways to overcome depression. Depression is complex and personal; this book uses stories from real people suffering from it to help the reader understand what a depressed person is going through, and more importantly what they have done to control and even overcome it. Ms. Johnson starts her book with her own scary experience with depression, providing a first hand view of the horrors of this condition, a very brave thing to do. This explains in part how this accomplished journalist can relate to others with depression so well and get them to open up about their lives and difficulties dealing with it when depression is such a difficult thing to talk about. This book also helps those who don't suffer from depression to know what to do and how to talk to those who do have it.

6 stars if I could
By , Submitted on 2019-02-20

I feel like this book is the start of a new day in how we view depression, specifically — and mental health broadly— in our church. I can’t say enough good about it. It’s helped me so much, especially as I think about how depression impacts my ability to feel the Spirit. I’d give this book to everyone I know, if I could— family, friends. I’d recommend to church leaders, too. Thank you for this gift—very, very grateful.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Seminary of the Southwest
By , Submitted on 2019-02-20

This book is such an important resource for individuals who want to learn about depression, who struggle with depression, or who are caring for someone with depression. Jane Clayson Johnson also specifically addresses contexts that are unique to Mormons--such as what it might mean for a missionary to have depression--and that sets her book apart from others. Her perspective is part of why this book is such a crucial resource: For those who are Mormons, her research and insights speak right into their context. Another gift the book offers is that it is the culmination of interviews with over 150 individuals, and their insights give such depth to the book. Perhaps most importantly, it dispels myths around mental illness and gives hope to those who suffer. As a professor who teaches students about pastoral ministry and care, I would absolutely recommend this as a resource--it is well-researched, easy to read, and full of important wisdom.


By , Submitted on 2019-02-19

This book is truly inspired. Depression and mental illness affect so many of us, but it is something that many are not comfortable talking openly about. This book is a wonderful step in the right direction. The author is very open and honest about her own experiences with depression and shares stories from many other LDS members who have struggled with depression. This is a must read for anyone who is in a leadership position and provides counsel to those struggling with depression. We need to know how to help our fellow brothers and sisters, and not make them feel worse about themselves when we say or do the wrong thing. I love this book and honestly learned so much from it. Thank you Jane!

Excellent book about a difficult topic
By , Submitted on 2019-02-18

I am embarrassed to admit that a few years ago as a close family member was stricken with depression I thought I understood the disease, but I did not. This is an essential book for those with depression and those who know someone with depression. And for being generally educated on this disease that afflicts so many but is still considered by some to be shameful.
The author begins with her own story of depression, told with remarkable candor. There are personal stories woven throughout that bring the startling statistics in the book to life. I found it a compelling read, with a great flow throughout the book. It is somewhat focused towards members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where we especially struggle to acknowledge the disease, and where the sufferer often feels shame, but it is a universal book that will be helpful regardless of one's belief system.
I love that this book will help open up opportunities for productive conversations, love, and help in the lives of those who read it and remove the isolation for those who suffer from depression.
Highly recommend!

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