Stepping out of Darkness is an insightful narration into the struggle of depression, but unlike any other book of its kind. For many years the author denied experiencing depression, and for many years it was an unspoken burden, but once personally owned depression became a powerful tool … for God.
The acknowledgement of depression, though reluctant and brutally honest, opened the floodgates for a series of unexpected discoveries, not only about depression itself, but also ultimately about faith. The discoveries are clearly and intuitively documented in these memoirs.
Written over a period of six months, Stepping out of Darkness draws on years of psychological training to explore the nature of depression, the causes and triggers of depression, and elements of human nature, in order to develop strategies to overcome it. While working through depression in the present tense, the author adds layers of depth to the understanding of depression through a number of flashbacks of past adversity, including the untimely death of a younger sibling, years of infertility and miscarriage, and a domestic violence relationship as a teenager. What unfolds, however, is the startling discovery that by working through depression, Stepping out of Darkness is also working through the very foundations of faith and trust in God.
Stepping out of Darkness documents an inspirational transformation from focusing on depression to focusing on lasting joy.