The book I’m sharing this week is:
It was the sighing, the news article read, the awful sighing that caught the woman’s attention in the half-light of morning and led her down to the beach.
Shades of Light is a new release that has been highly recommended to me by multiple people. I was kicking myself that I didn’t buy a copy while I was out at FRS so I went out and bought a copy at my local Christian bookstore shortly after returning home. I’m really looking forward to jumping into this one soon <3
About the Book:
“I was desperate. . . . I couldn’t turn off the dark thoughts, no matter how hard I tried or how much I prayed. And then I spent a whole weekend in bed, and the crying wouldn’t stop, and I got really scared. I’ve had bouts with depression before–it’s kind of a cloud I’ve learned to live with–but this time was different. I felt like I was going under, like I’d never feel hopeful again, and then that just made my anxiety worse and it all spiraled from there.”
Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress.
Fans of Sharon Brown’s bestselling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.
About the Author:
Sharon Garlough Brown (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and author. Her book “Sensible Shoes” was named one of television personality Kathie Lee Gifford’s “favorite things” in March 2013, and her book “An Extra Mile” won Christianity Today’s Fiction Book of the Year for 2019. She and her husband Jack have served congregations in Scotland, Oklahoma, England, and West Michigan, where they co-pastored a congregation for many years. Her books “Shades of Light” and “Remember Me” release in 2019.
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