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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Average rating:

(based upon 112 reviews)

The best description of depression I’ve ever read
By , Submitted on 2019-07-14

Having suffered with depression most of my life, I have read many books and articles about the subject. Silent Souls Weeping is THE best book I have ever read on the subject and for me, gives the most accurate description of what it feels like to be depressed.
This book is also full of hope and relief, It helped me to see that I am not flawed, it is the illness, I am not worthless, it is the illness that takes over my thoughts.
What a blessing of hope and understanding this book is, when you feel like nobody understands.
I can’t thank you enough Jane.

By , Submitted on 2019-07-02

I bought this book to better understand my daughters depression. It did that and more. Now when I talk to my daughter I understand more of what she is dealing with and my questions have more knowledge behind them.

I will forever be grateful I read this book!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-01

This book is extremely powerful. It's hard to describe the emotional journey I went on while reading. As someone who battles an internal battle with depression and anxiety sometimes this book was a little too "real". That is in no way a fault of the author. I just read it during a period that i personally was a little emotionally raw and vulnerable. This book is so necessary and important to remove the ridiculous stigma that exists around depression in the Mormon culture. Hearing the experiences of other important figures and leaders was so refreshing to me. I would never wish these battles on my worst enemy, but it helped me feel not so alone and also see a light on the other side of some journeys. I will forever be thankful I read this book.

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-06-22

This is a wonderful book. It is nice to know that there is people who have the same condition as you. Anxiety & depression are real.

Life Changing Book
By , Submitted on 2019-06-21

PHENOMENAL! I would highly recommend this book to any person with depression, any person who has someone in their life with depression, and everyone else! I was diagnosed with depression 18 months ago and have spent a lot of time processing that this means for my life, my happiness, and my success. This book came with so much information, validation, insight, and real life stories that I could relate to in so many ways. Some of my main takeaways from this book:

1. Depression IS an illness. If you have depression, it isn't because you did something wrong. You didn't sin. You didn't cause this. God loves you.
2. Mental health should really be referred to as brain health. Because depression (and other mental illnesses) are a disorder of the brain.
3. Talking about our own stories of depression and mental illness is the one of the best forms of medication.
4. Depression is a chronic illness. This has prompted a lot of introspection for me as I realized I still haven't accepted the fact that this didn't start 18 months ago when I got diagnosed and this won't magically go away. It helped me understand why I am constantly surprised when I have dips in how I am feeling and how I am functioning.
5. Talking openly about mental illness / suicide, etc doesn't cause those things to happen. Talking openly about these things allows people suffering to verbalize what they are going through so they can get help before it is too late. THIS WAS HUGE FOR ME.
6. There are people all around us suffering silently. Don't judge. Don't assume. Just love.
7. You can still be a successful person if you have a mental illness. There is a way through it. If Abraham Lincoln can be President of the United States with depression, I can achieve all of my goals too. So can you.
7. Most of all, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS MORE. We need to remove the stigma. This is real. People need help, understanding and love.

Highly recommended. Deeply impacted. Thank you Jane Clayson Johnson for doing what has been so needed to be done. I appreciate your vulnerability, the time you have taken to research this topic and interview so many people. You have blessed my life so greatly.

Excellent book
By , Submitted on 2019-05-27

I bought this book because of a dear friend who also suffers from depression recommended the book in a Relief Society class she gave to help the sisters become aware of how many people unknown to many , who may have depression. I immediately downloaded and listened to the book,, and then sent a copy to my daughter who also suffers from depression and anxiety. I told her this book was excellent for helping others to understand what she is going through. She immediately shared it with her pastor and other friends. Highly recommend the book. For those who do not know how to help,, this book will help you understand better those suffering from depression, and how you can act with compassion for those suffering from this disease.

Marvelous Insight
By , Submitted on 2019-05-12

Such great insight!! I listened to the audiobook version, twice. Tears come to my eyes on several parts of this book. I've experienced sadness often in my own life and maybe some of those sadness episodes may be considered depression. But for me, it never lingered. I knew people with depression but it never seemed to show itself in any close relative. Then, bam!...I get a call about one of my own children being admitted to the hospital for depression with suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, I had already absorbed the information from this book. It gave me the language I needed to understand my son. I've since bought two copies of this for my son and one for my wife. It's been a helpful tool for them to understand the various facets of this problem that shows up as a thief in the night.

Mom, Grandma, Widowed
By , Submitted on 2019-05-08

I’m still reading but in just a few chapters I felt like I am going to be OK and I have gained greater empathy for others and renewed knowledge that my Savior understands what so many individuals suffer. It was even more encouraging to read the tender stories of well known people who deal with this disease. Thank you for sharing your very personal story.

By , Submitted on 2019-05-04

Read this book! If you suffer from mental illness you will see some of yourself in this book. It will help you know you are not alone. There is help and hope available. Jane Clayton Johnson does a beautiful job speaking for you and telling her story as well as many of yours.
If you do not have a mental illness, READ THIS BOOK, because someone you know does and you need to understand that clinical depression is like nothing you have experienced. This book will open your eyes on how to better serve and help those around you who suffer with this disease.
Everyone can benefit from all the research and interviews in this beautifully written book. A must read for everyone!

A Must Read
By , Submitted on 2019-04-18

As someone diagnosed with MDD I can't recommend this book enough to those suffering from depression but more importantly to those who are struggling to understand a loved one with depression.

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-04-14

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.

Wonderful book shedding light on the depths of Depression
By , Submitted on 2019-04-12

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

Depression is real
By , Submitted on 2019-04-09

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
By , Submitted on 2019-04-08

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.

Such an important book for everyone to read....
By , Submitted on 2019-04-08

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......

By , Submitted on 2019-04-07

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.

A Book You Should Read
By , Submitted on 2019-04-03

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.

Silent Souls Weeping will open your heart
By , Submitted on 2019-04-03

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.

Silent Souls Weeping
By , Submitted on 2019-04-02

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.

An excellent book!
By , Submitted on 2019-04-01

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..

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