Preface. Prologue: What We?re Talking About. 1. Jesus Wept. 2. A Learning Experience. Worry. 3. I Just Don?t Feel Anything. 4. Trouble in Paradise. The Magic Kingdom. 5. Charged with the Care of Souls. Aaron. 6. The Defendant as Prosecutor. 7. This Is My Last Hope. Electric Poem. 8. Sorrowful Mysteries. 9. The Dark Night. Inferno, Canto I. 10. Words Fail Me. 11. Wanting to Die. To Be or Not to Be. 12. The Family Disease. Notes. Further Reading. The Author.
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author. She is the founder and head of the Geranium Farm, www.geraniumfarm.org, an online institute for the promotion of spiritual growth, which publishes The Almost-Daily eMo from the Geranium Farm, read by thousands of people worldwide.
Beyond all the vision quests, Scripture explanations, and spiritual exhortations, there are certain regions of human experience that are so painful, so difficult, that even religious writers touch on them rarely and with reluctance. This season, two brave books take a frank look at depression and forgiveness. Crafton, an Episcopal priest and founder of The Geranium Farm (www.geraniumfarm.org), approaches the subject of depression with astonishing candor and courage. Coming to terms with her own experience of this illness, she acknowledges depression's fundamental intractability?its meaninglessness and dullness. While she wisely dispels the Christian fear of suicide ("There's more than enough hell to go around, right here on earth"), she also rejects easy solutions. Love may not be the answer, but it minimizes the worst of the illness. ?Library Journal (March 2009) Starred Review