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By Robert W. Griggs

After serving for greater than thirty years as a parish minister, the writer was once hospitalized with significant melancholy. this can be the tale of his melancholy and recovery--a restoration of wellbeing and fitness, vocation, and religion. First, Griggs regained the event of small pleasures. ultimately, he recovered the facility to settle on, to set limits, and to just accept fact. He then became to the biblical Psalms--indeed his personal writing echoes their candor. yet he additionally chanced on wish in motion pictures, together with Breakfast at Tiffany's and Blazing Saddles. To the psychological future health concerns dealing with clergy and others within the assisting professions Griggs brings to undergo insights from examine and from his personal event as a pastor and someone improving from melancholy. He tells his tale with spirit and humor.

"A profound and interesting account of the author's trip again from a crushing melancholy with the aid of interplay with different sufferers, the honesty of numerous psalms, the insights of creative movies, and the inventive principles of innovative theologians."

--Ian G. Barbour, writer of When technological know-how Meets Religion

"It is awesome that the Psalms are portable from old context to modern context. Robert Griggs has deftly transported them into his personal tale of melancholy, suffering, and restoration of well-being, existence, and religion. This ebook bargains sincere, brave testimony, the telling of a lifestyles that may motivate others to inform their lives with fact and dwell in hope."

--Walter Brueggemann, writer of Praying the Psalms

"The name of this gracefully written and occasionally humorous memoir by way of a Minnesota pastor is a word from Psalm 102:6 the writer makes use of on the way to describe his descent into depression...For parents suffering from melancholy, even people who find themselves non-believers, Griggs carry desire. The Psalms that helped him in his restoration remind us that human feelings aren't any various now from what they have been a number of thousand years ago."
--Mary Ann Grossmann, ebook evaluation within the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Robert Griggs is an ordained minister within the United Church of Christ and has served church buildings in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. He holds graduate levels from Harvard Divinity institution, the collage of Minnesota, and Andover Newton Theological School.

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